David Goldhagen earned his bachelors degree from Tulane University. He also went on to study under Richard Ritter and Paul Stankard at The Penland School of Crafts and at Pilchuck Glass Center with Dale Chihuly, Ann Warf and Klas Moje. Goldhagen's sculptural forms and massive hand-blown sculptures are distinguished by his unique style of layering color and form. His painterly approach to art glass marries bold colors to brilliant, clear crystal, in a clean and modern style. Using traditional glassblowing methods thousands of years old, he creates each piece on the blow pipe. Working with glass at temperatures in excess of 2000 degrees (F), forming or blowing each piece individually, without the use of molds. Using wide swirls or brightly colored glass, adding flecks of super-brilliant dichroic glass trapped in clear crystal. His palettes move from subtle to bold using bits of colored glass made from various mixtures of metallic oxides and rare earth elements. Silver, cobalt, gold, copper, neodymium and more are stirred into the molten glass, resulting in vibrant colors. Goldhagen established his art glass studio in 1979, which is located on Lake Chatuge, in the mountains of Western North Carolina.
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