St. Petersburg, Florida
Duncan McClellan’s fascination with glass began at age five, when he visited a glass factory in West Virginia. Duncan never forgot the image of the glowing, molten mass being formed by an expert craftsman. After successfully working with leather and clay, he finally had the opportunity to learn to blow glass at a studio in Ybor City, Florida in 1987. Duncan has studied the creation of larger forms with Fred Kahl and John Brekke, two instructors and artists working at the New York Experimental Glass Workshop. He has also been honored as the second American invited to study and work at the ARS Studio in Murano, Italy.
In 2000, Duncan moved from Tampa into an old tomato plant he renovated in the Warehouse Arts District of St. Petersburg. There he redesigned a 7,800-square-foot building into a gallery and event space, and a state-of-the-art hot-glass studio.
McClellan’s processes enable him to place imagery on the inside and outside (and in some cases both) of his blown-glass vessels through elaborate sand-carving techniques. In his vessels, the focus is centered around the internal graal and overlay techniques, incorporating hand-cutting, photo-resist and computer graphics. To finish these works, acid-etching, fire-polishing and a six-stage grinding and polishing techniques are used.
As Duncan embarks on each new artistic journey, his connection to the works is more deeply felt by those who experience it. Each piece holds a unique place in the artist’s life and it is his joy to share with it you.
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