Eric Bladholm got his start in glass early. At age 11, his older sister Sharon taught him how to make stained and leaded glass, which he pursued until his first year of college, where Eric discovered the art of glass blowing. After five years of intensive glass and fine art studies at California College of Arts & Crafts, and a season in Europe working with several renowned glass masters, Eric returned to Chicago to meet the challenges of building a studio of his own. Several years of working in the construction trades and a partnership with his sister's studio (Opal Glass Studios) evolved into the formation of Chicago Glassworks almost 15 years ago. Chicago Glassworks is now a state of the art glass blowing facility and artist's studio custom built into a Refurbished Art Deco iron foundry, centrally located on Chicago's Near Southside.

The glass created at Chicago Glassworks is all made by the artist himself. The colors and textures of nature are the departure point for Eric Bladholm's innovative explorations with hand blown glass. Summers in-Door County Wisconsin as a child, and more recent extensive explorations of the Mediterranean and Adriatic coastlines have provided inspiration that takes form in richly layered bowls and platters, expressive sculptural vessels and custom lighting. Best known for his "what perfume bottles want to be when they grow up" large, sculptural vessels, Eric has also produced light fixtures for many national and international designers, along with his own unique glass, bronze and wood sculptures.


Saturno Etch - Blue Lamp
Blown Glass
10" tall
$355.

 


Acid Etch Lamp- Dark Violet
Blown Glass
10" tall
$325.

 


Impressionist Red Lamp
Blown Glass
9" tall
$300.

Impressionist Purple OpaqueLamp
Blown Glass
10" tall
$325.

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