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Interview with Leo Tecosky

Leo Tecosky, 29, freelance glassblower, grad student at School of Visual Arts

Highlights from the interview: 

  • Attended Alfred University to study sculpture (also completed two summer courses in glassblowing)
  • Apprenticeships at Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center in New Jersey and Klenell Studio in Sweden (where he worked with recycled glass of wine bottles) 
  • Studied glassblowing further at Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle (but still doesn’t consider himself formally trained) 
  • Works most often as the first assistant to the gaffer (moving the glass)
  • His favorite places to teach worldwide have been the Glass Furnace in Istanbul and Penland School of Craft in North Carolina
  • Estimates there are under 100 glassblowers in New York City
  • An art glass movement occurred in the United States in the 1950’s

Alexis: What made you stick with glassblowing? 

Leo: I blow glass because I love the idea of molding material with my hands. The glassblowing community worldwide is small. As soon as you meet another glassblower, you have that connection. 

Alexis: Are you an artist or a craftsman? 

Leo: I have an art degree, so I’m an artist. I use the trade to make money. 

Alexis: Tell me about your art. 

Leo: My art revolves around symbols and deconstructed graffiti, but it’s not a transliteration. 

Alexis: Does glassblowing vary from city to city?

Leo: In New York City, we blow glass the same way. We gather the same knowledge. But we have details that are different from each other. 

Alexis: What makes a successful glassblower?

Leo: Being a famous glassblower entails knowledge of the material and a willingness to share.

For more information on Leo Tecosky, visit his website.


One Response to “Interview with Leo Tecosky”

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