Born in Dayton, Ohio, in 1959, Bandhu began to teach himself lampwork technique in 1975, while still in high school. As an undergraduate at Princeton, he received informal training from the University’s glassblower before completing his apprenticeship under American and European masters at Urban Glass, the Pilchuck Glass School and the Penland School of Crafts. He regularly teaches workshops at craft schools and private studios around the United States and internationally.

ARTIST STATEMENT:

Innocence, vulnerability and the luminosity of nature are recurring themes in my work. By incorporating odd juxtapositions and bending forms to follow my own quirky sensibility, I express my experience of the natural world through my relationship to the material.

Whimsy and elegance are the yin and yang of the functional work. The goblets display a childlike delight, or playful combinations of forms. They can be taken as a personal “toast” to the many variations of Innocence.

Many of the sculptural pieces seem to carry scars, implying growth over time or an unspoken history. Like “old souls,” they come into this world already wounded by exposure and with hidden surprises. The patterns of Nature and Nature’s effects on manmade structure fascinate me. I am fond of carnivorous plants, luminous deep-sea fish and the artifacts of shamanistic cultures.

I find glass the perfect medium for this kind of work: its fluidity, malleability and paradoxical nature bring out the mysterious parts of myself that I seek to explore and express through art. I enjoy and have pursued lampworking since 1975 because of its immediacy and practicality. The beauty, transparency and fragility of glass are especially well-suited for exploring the themes that interest me.

Formed of Fire:
Contemporary Selections in Lampworked Glass


by Bandhu S. Dunham

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Contemporary Lampworking
A Practical Guide to Shaping Glass in the Flame, Third Edition


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