Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

GLASS ARTIST DREW HINE Series: LET'S TALK ABOUT ART

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

GLASS ARTIST DREW HINE Series: LET'S TALK ABOUT ART

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Pittsburgh has a long history of manufacturing glass. At one point it supplied half of all glassware to the nation. Once a thriving industry in the South Side, most of the glass production houses from that era have closed, but there is still much evidence of the heritage of the glass industry in Pittsburgh.

From the ashes of industry, a small artisan community of glass blowers has emerged, drawn to city's thriving arts and cultural scene. Look no further than the Pittsburgh Glass Center in Garfield, as well as other glass-related studios and community spaces

Young artist Drew Hine said he intended to become a ceramicist while studying at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. But he changed his mind after taking one glassblowing class.

After college in 2001 he got a job at the Pittsburgh Glass Center as one of its first teachers. There he learned how to run and maintain a studio -- skills that were indispensable when he was ready to start designing and building his own space. …

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