My glass is a silent exchange between traditions which may never have collided, reflecting a distant past which may never have occurred, uncovering relics which may never have existed. Exploring classical traditions by blurring the space between them, my goal is to delight the eye and to baffle future archaeologists. I'm making artifacts for the future.

 

CONTACT

miguelunson@gmail.com

 

EDUCATION

Pratt Institute, New York, NY: Master of Science, Packaging Design, with distinction, 2008

Parsons School of Design, New York, NY: Certificate, Interior Design, 2005

Carleton College, Northfield, MN: Bachelor of Arts, Theater and English, magna cum laude, 2002

 

GLASS 

Pilchuck Glass School: Sculpting Color and Light with Heike Brachlow and Richard Whiteley, 2014

Paragon Industries: Kiln Maintenance and Repair, 2012

Bullseye Glass Company: Educators’ Workshop, 2009

Penland School of Crafts: Plastic Fantastic with Matthew Eskuche, Fall Concentration, 2009

UrbanGlass: Sculptural Flameworking, The Roll-Up, Graal Technique, 20072008

Danmarks Designskole: Glass Design in Scandinavia, Denmark’s International Studies, 2007

 

RESIDENCIES

Terrafuse Foundation, Aruba: 2012

Pilchuck Glass School: Emerging Artist in Residence, 2010

 

TEACHING

Bullseye Glass Company: Zen Organico, kilnforming and coldworking, 2014

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft: Hands on Houston public outreach, 2014

Hot Glass Houston: 

   En Negro Orgánico, kilnforming, 2013

   Sculptural Coldworking, 2012

Terrafuse Foundation: flameworking, kilnforming, glassblowing, 2012

Pittsburgh Glass Center: Embracing Synergy, flameworking and kilnforming seminar, 2011

UrbanGlass: The Bead Project, beadmaking, kilnformed jewelry, 2009–2010

Pratt Institute: Survey of Glass, team-taught with Jane Bruce, 2009

 

WORK

Private Studio, Houston, TX: 2011Present

Pilchuck Glass School: 

   Teaching Assistant for KeKe Cribbs, 2014

   Summer Staff, 20112012

UrbanGlass, Brooklyn, NY:

   Graphic Designer, 20082013

   Manager of The Bead Project, 20082010

   Assistant to the Director of Education, 20082010

   

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

Museo Gallery, Langley, WA: Flow Flow Boomtown, 2014

Archway Gallery, Houston, TX: Annual Juried Show, 2013

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft: Glass Graphica, 2012

SOFA Chicago: UrbanGlass Featured Artist, 2011

Pilchuck Glass School: 

   Pilchuck on Display, The Westin Hotel, 20102014

   Deep in the Heart, 2012

   Resident Artist Exhibition, 2010

Bullseye Gallery, Portland, OR: e-merge, A Juried Kiln-Glass Exhibition, 2010

Robert Lehman Gallery, UrbanGlass, Brooklyn, NY: Artists of UrbanGlass, 2008 & 2010 

 

WRITING FOR PUBLICATION

GLASS: The UrbanGlass Art Quarterly

   DVD Review: Glass Masters at WorkVittorio Costantini, Corning Museum of Glass, 2010

   Contributor: International Gallery Guide, text and photographs, 2009

The GLASS Quarterly Blog

   Book Review: Contemporary Lampworking Vol. III by Bandhu Scott Dunham, 2010

   DVD Review: Glass Masters at WorkMark Matthews, Corning Museum of Glass, 2009

   DVD Review: Masterclass Vol. VIIBeadmaking with Kristina Logan, Corning Museum of Glass, 2009