Branson, whose original designs in hand-blown glass is distinguished by elegant, fluid shapes and jewel-like colors.
Working alone, Branson creates one of a kind vessels that have the sense of movement associated with glass in its molten state.
"In my work I try to combine the most precise glassblowing skills with the freedom of motion of hot liquid glass, which I achieve by dipping, dripping and pouring the glass," explains Branson.
Most of his pieces are executed in a single transparent color, which is then cased over with clear crystal for added depth and brilliance. By manipulating the glass while it is hot, he is able to create graceful, organic shapes that mirror natural forms.
Branson’s exciting new Tropical series are tall, sensual forms in brilliant tropical colors, suggesting giant rainforest flowers. The Tropical pieces differ from the artist’s other work in that they are opaque glass featuring unique color combinations.
Tendrils that run from top to bottom distinguish his Vines vases and perfume vials. His large-scale Arbor Series of vases and bowls suggest stately trees, with their massive roots executed in clear crystal. His limited River Vessel series features one continuous ribbon of glass wrapped around a blown vessel form.
Ed Branson attended two of the country’s leading glass blowing schools; Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine and the Pilchuck School of Glass in Washington State. He has worked as a glass artist since 1981 and prior to forming his own studio in 1987 he worked as an assistant to glass artist Josh Simpson.
In 1992 his work was one of 100 selected from thousands of international entries for inclusion in the prestigious New Glass Review XIII, published by the Corning Museum of Glass.
His work is included in numerous collections, including those of Mrs. Anwar Sadat and Scotland’s Holyrood Palace and has been shown in major galleries, museums and juried exhibitions throughout the United States.
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