Curtiss Brock is a
very diversified glass blower. He has made relatively simple
vessels to solid form abstract sculptural pieces. Trained in
glass art at the University of Illinois, Champaign and the
Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood Washington, he had his first
solo glass exhibit in 1984, the year he received his MFA degree.
Brock also has a BFA degree from Goddard College. He was
originally drawn to glass blowing by his fascination of the
technical process. Brock is a regular teacher at Pilchuck Glass
School and The Penland School for Crafts and has given numerous
lectures in the United States and Japan. In 1988 he was the
recipient of the Shimono Sake Museum Prize at the International
Glass Now Competition. Additionally he has been on the receiving
end of 2 NEA grants - Southern Arts Fellowship Grant and a
Tennessee Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship. Mr.
Brock has been the head of the glass program at the Appalachian
Center for Crafts over 10 years. Much of his previous work has
been inspired by rocks and minerals as seen for example in his
series of cast bowls, "geodes" and stone groupings. His pieces
often appear serene and seamless and encompass his desire to
provide a "quiet community on the fragile balance between man
and nature. Curtiss Brock's work can be found in more than 20
museum collections around the world.
Non-Lipped Powder Vase