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John Hogan

John Hogan is a Seattle based artist and designer who works predominantly in glass. His critically lauded work, which spans both functional objects and sculpture, is about changing radiant energy through the refraction of light.

John Hogan grew up in Toledo, Ohio, recognized as one of the world’s centers of fine glass production. Having learnt traditional glassblowing methods at the city’s acclaimed Toledo Art Museum (which houses a first class glass collection) Hogan relocated to Seattle, where a glass blowing and making revival had coalesced around the Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, near the city.

Through his practice, Hogan employs traditional glass making methods and elevates them with cutting edge innovation. In terms of process, Hogan draws his influence mostly from the Eastern European traditions of casting and cutting, which emphasize simple design and the pure optical qualities of glass. Evincing a sculptural, almost otherworldly quality, John Hogan glass appears to morph simple forms into complex transformative objects.

All of John Hogan’s pieces involve rich, experimental color ways and cold working, which is the cutting and polishing process. His recent work has involved more specialized, color changing glass, which appears altered depending on the surrounding environment and the angle it is viewed from. The effect is achieved by exposing the raw colorant to a rich flame right after application.

A natural collaborator, Hogan has worked with fellow Seattleite Erich Ginder Studio, and, more recently, New York brand Studio Ladies and Gentlemen on their Atlas and Equalizer collections.
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