With the murrini pieces, I begin by making glass rods which are patterned in cross section. The rods are cooled and cut into thin pieces and arranged on an iron plate which is then heated to fuse the murrini. This is then rolled into a tube on the end of a blowpipe and shaped into the final form. The banded bowls are blown as separate sections and fused together. This technique, known as incalmo, requires a great deal of skill and cooperation. I work with at least one assistant.
All of my pieces are made using traditional European glassblowing techniques. I have been inspired by African trade beads, mid-century Italian and Scandinavian design as well as by nature. Each piece is entirely produced at the furnace using only molten glass, without the use of molds, glue or paint.
Sam Stang was born in Northfield, Minnesota in 1959. He attended Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri from 1980 to 84 and was a student of Fritz Dreisbach at Penland School of Crafts in 1983. He was also a student of Lino Tagliapietra at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine. Sam was a founding partner in Ibex Glass Studio (1985 through 1991) and started Augusta Glass Studio in Augusta Missouri in 1992 which he still operates as a sole proprietorship.
From Japan, Kaeko Maehata has taught and exhibited glass as an artist since 1997, working with Sam Stang. Prior, a graduate of Kanazawa College of Art in Visual Design and the Toyama Instittute of Glass Art, Maehata taught at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Rochester Folk Art Guild, and Penland School of Crafts. She currently exhibits throughout the United States and Japan.
Drawing inspiration from the world around him, Stang uses color and form to capture the imagination, integrating functional with modern design to create artisanal works of art.View More Pieces