Ed Branson

Ashfield, Massachusetts

“Since 1981 glass has had a constant presence in my life.  Our relationship has been enhanced and explored with some of the world’s glass masters, but predominantly my knowledge of this magic material is built on day-to-day experience and practice in my studio.  This path has led me to a fairly simple artistic approach; trust the glass, have fun, accept mistakes, study nature and search for beautiful forms and colors inherent in glass’ personality.”

Ed Branson, whose designs in handblown glass are distinguished by elegant, fluid shapes and jewel-like colors.  Working alone, without the help of assistants, Branson creates one of a kind vessels. “In my work I try to combine the most precise glassblowing skills with the freedom of motion of hot liquid glass, which I achieve by dipping, dripping and pouring”.

Many of his pieces are done in a single transparent color, which is then cased over with clear crystal for added depth and brilliance. By manipulating the glass while it is hot, he is able to create graceful, organic shapes that mirror natural forms.