Dan Alexander first became interested in glass after watching a glassblowing demonstration in a small studio in Ohio. He found that glass was an intriguing material that he had to experience first-hand. This inspired Dan to take his first class with George Kennard at The Corning Museum of Glass Studio. Immediately he was hooked. He found the fluid nature of the material, intense heat, and concentration required to make glass to be extremely alluring. After that Introduction to Glassmaking course Dan knew this was a craft he wanted to master.
Dan continued to enhance his interest in glass by attending Kent State University where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with a concentration in Glass Art. While attending Kent State University Dan was hired at a studio called Hale Farm and Village where he became a head gaffer making high production glass pieces in a traditional factory setting. Shortly after he graduated, he quickly emerged into the glass art scene. After finishing a 2-week interview/audition process he was hired in a new program that was started at The Corning Museum of Glass as a demonstrating artist with their traveling Hot Glass Show. He currently holds a team leader/lead gaffer position representing the museum on Celebrity Cruise ships. On the ship Dan schedules and manages a glassblowing team and preforms demonstrations while cruising through ports all over the world. He has demonstrated in Norway,Portugal, Spain, France, England, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Germany, Estonia, Belgium, Greece, Turkey, Croatia, Malta, Australia, New Zealand, French Polynesia, Figi Islands, Virgin Islands, Honduras, Mexico, and many Caribbean ports of call. His position is designed to educate an audience about the history and chemistry/properties of glass, while showing the technical skill required to create a fine-crafted glass object. When Dan isn’t traveling or creating his own work; he spends his time collaborating and working with many internationally known artists and designers, helping them create high-end glass products, sculptures and installation art.
Many glassblowing studios and universities have invited Dan to teach glassblowing classes and workshops, sharing his versatility and knowledge of the material. Dan always concentrates on pushing the possibilities and boundaries of the glassblowing process by making extremely large-scale vessels, objects with intricate and fine details, and using an array of unique color applications. His work is not limited to one technique or style but varies from blown/solid glass sculptures, modern stemware, to numerous forms/techniques inspired by historical artifacts. You can find his art in museums, galleries, and many private collections across the globe.