My Passion is fused glass and I am constantly viewing the world around me for sources of inspiration for my craft. My work is always changing and evolving. I thrive on teaching my methods and techniques in workshops and classes as well as offering my works for purchase.
After three decades as a high school art teacher, I decided it was time to move on and follow my artistic muse. When I completed my last year of teaching in 2010 I opened a glass-fusing studio in the Lake Erie Screw Factory in Lakewood, Ohio presently home to thirty plus artists and craftspeople.
I currently offer classes and workshops at my studio and have been an adjunct with the Cleveland Institute of Art’s Continuing Education as well as creating fine works of fused glass art. After my first year at the studio I added a second studio dedicated as a teaching space and a gallery area to offer my work to the retail public.
To reach out to a greater audience for my work I began to take part in local juried outdoor art festivals during the summer months. My wife Carol and I have taken part in up to twelve outdoor Art Festivals in the greater Cleveland area including Cain Park, Lakewood, Medina, Hudson, Chardon, Rocky River, Boston Mills and the Ohio Designer Craftsman By Hand Show at Cleveland’s IX Center. We also open our studio for two Annual Studio Open Houses and a Holiday Market at the Screw Factory each year.
The medium of fused glass offers me a wide range of approaches for an individual piece or body of work. My subject matter varies, develops and changes as I experiment to find new and novel ways to express my ideas. My work is theme oriented and my Birch Tree Forests, upscale Home Décor fused glass items such as platters and bowls as well as Iconic Images of Cleveland are several of my series.
I have a strong interest in materials and techniques and my ideas are firmly tied to both. Color also plays an integral part in my approach to each design idea. Fused glasswork is a medium that can be developed and controlled using variables of time and temperature in the glass kiln. Each time the kiln is opened I experience a moment of anticipation and also excitement as I view the results of the firing.
I strive to offer high craftsmanship, and great attention to detail in each piece of work I create to offer to my fused glass following.
Daniel G. Pruitt