Ed Branson’s designs in hand blown glass are distinguished by elegant, fluid shapes and jewel-like colors. Working alone without the help of assistants, Branson creates one-of-a-kind vessels. “In my work I try to combine the most precise glass blowing skills with the freedom of motion of hot liquid glass which I achieve by dipping, dripping and pouring the glass.” Many of his pieces are done 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 attended two of the country’s finest glass schools…Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine and the Pilchuck School 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. Ed’s work is included in numerous collections including those of Mrs. Anwar Sadat and Scotland’s Holyrood Palace and is shown in major galleries, museums and exhibitions throughout the United States.