April 2nd - April 25th: While the Village has long been home to a variety of art events such as Art in the Village, the Makers Market, and even seasonal events such as the Carlsbad Village Art Walk, this is the first time the focus is on connecting local established artists with downtown businesses. This temporary art program is designed to create interaction between the business and creative arts sectors and will encourage local businesses to incorporate unique temporary artistic creations that enliven the Village.
The Studio Glass Movement
The Studio Glass Movement, made famous by artists like Dale Chihuly, is the modern use of glass as an artistic medium to produce sculptures or three-dimensional artworks. The American Studio Glass Movement began in the mid-1960s giving artists the foundation to design and produce original works of art from glass. For the past 50 years the movement has had rapid developments, putting glass at the forefront of contemporary art and craft. The glass art community continues to grow in new directions while holding on to its traditions.
About The Artists
A total of five local artists are participating by providing up to three original works of art for display at 15 businesses in downtown Carlsbad. Each artist specializes in a different style of blown glass as seen below.
Dan is a California native glass artist who resides and works in Oceanside, CA. First introduced to molten glass at 10 years old while visiting a renaissance fair, he has been fixated ever since. Dan has been working with molten glass since 2004, making a variety of blown and solid sculpted pieces. Always looking for a new challenge, Dan has studied glass at Palomar College as well as under a variety of industry leading glass artists from around the world, incorporating the skills learned into his current works. He enjoys the outdoors, nature, and observing wildlife, which he uses for inspiration for future projects. Dan’s work has been shown in art galleries around Southern California and Arizona. He was also featured in a 2020 exhibition at the Oceanside Museum of Art and sold in the OMA annual auction.
Nic is a modern glass artist living in San Diego, CA. An Encinitas native, he began his glass studies at Palomar College and went on to receive his Bachelor’s degree from UCSD. Nic is best known as a hot glass sculptor who hand forms molten glass into contemporary art. His glass work incorporates complex sculpture techniques with modern forms and unique color palettes to produce the current series of artwork. The intricate patterns and skillfully crafted forms of glass and metal make each piece of art a unique one-of-a-kind sculpture. Nic enjoys spending his time making high quality original glass sculptures to share the beauty of life with others.
Cedric Major Mitchell is a Los Angeles based glass artist from Oklahoma who honed his skills while attending Tulsa Community College studying business. Learning about the glass art form as an emerging local hip-hop artist while recording in the music studio, he immediately enrolled as an elective. As a student, he quickly transitioned into an apprentice and instructor at The Tulsa Glassblowing School.
Michael engages glass as a versatile sculptural medium with unique abilities to capture time and movement. He explores formal fanaticism through objects that excite a sense of visual play and fetishistic tactility. Hernandez embraces unlikely compositions in color and form where the space between seduction and repulsion is stretched, perverted, and redefined.
Hernandez earned an MFA from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University (NY). He has done residencies and taught workshops at Pilchuck Glass School, UrbanGlass, StarWorks, and numerous private and public institutions around the US. Currently, Michael is an Associate Professor and heads the glass program at Palomar College.
Drew resides in Carlsbad, CA and is currently Studio Manager at Barrio Glassworks in downtown Carlsbad. Drew first experienced glassblowing when he was 15 years old which led him to seek out workshops in Seattle, WA. He eventually majored in Glass at California College of the Arts in Oakland, CA.
Drew has studied glass with independent artists at Penland School of Craft, Pilchuck Glass School and the Corning Museum of Glass. He incorporates classic and modern techniques in his broad range of work style. Drew is an emerging artist driven by the chaos and social injustice he sees in the world around him.
Palomar College - The glass program at Palomar College offers an array of courses for students to explore the creative potential of this amazing material.The glass curricula focus on the development of students’ understandings of the craft and sculptural approaches of glassblowing, kilnforming (casting/slumping/fusing), and stained glass.
Barrio Glassworks - Glassblowing studio and retail gallery located in the historic Barrio area of Carlsbad Village. The studio includes an open viewing section for the public, allowing an up-close look at the mesmerizing art of glassblowing.