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December 10, 2006

Meet Louise Bourgeois's Glass Maker


John Pomp (above, in his studio) blows glass that the great artist uses in her sculpture.

Stephen Treffinger visited the glass artist for a story/interview that appeared in the December 8, 2006 New York Times "Currents" section, and follows.

    Where All the Merchandise Starts With a Huff and a Puff

    John Pomp, a glass artist in Brooklyn, said he has always kept a few “extras and odds and ends” in his studio that passers-by could buy, but today he will open his first full-fledged retail shop. The new space, John Pomp Glass, is at the entrance to 160 Glass, Mr. Pomp’s studio and school in Williamsburg. A half wall between shop and studio will let customers watch glass blowers in action. If they become really intrigued, the studio offers classes and workshops.


    Mr. Pomp said he plans to use all the proceeds from the store in his community outreach and educational endeavors, such as subsidized classes and demonstrations for schools and camp programs.

    The shop will offer some items not available in other stores that carry Mr. Pomp’s work, which include Barneys New York and Aero in SoHo. “I want to be able to do some limited-edition pieces and see how people take to them,” he said. “It’s a kind of laboratory for me.” He also does lighting work on private commission for residential and commercial clients, and he blows glass that the artist Louise Bourgeois uses in her sculpture.

    The tall vases [above, $297] are from Mr. Pomp’s Classic collection, while the round ones [below, $275]


    are from his Lollipops. Prices range from $25 for holiday ornaments to $1,500 for limited-edition pieces: 160 Berry Street, Brooklyn; (718) 486-9620; Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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I've been learning glassblowing in Corning, NY. It's very fun, and the hardest thing I've ever done. After 1.5 years, I finally am starting to get the hang of it...

By the way, Mr. Pomp really must not care much about his vision; most of the people I know wear some kind of eye protection while doing this...

P.S. There's a nice glass blog here: http://glasspages.blogspot.com

Posted by: anja | Dec 10, 2006 8:14:43 PM

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