Tell us about yourself!
My name is Chris Harman, and I’m the owner/ operator of Seventh Circle Glass in Delaware, Ohio. I graduated in 2008 from The Ohio State University in Glass/Art, after that I did a 3-month residency at Hiroshi Yamano’s studio in Fukui; Japan, and then got my MFA in Visual Art from the Columbus College of Art & Design’s inaugural graduate class in 2012. I taught at the university level for the next 5 years, and left in the spring of 2017 to open my own studio.
What themes do you pursue in your work?
I love simplicity of line, event color fades, and good design overall. I try to apply these tenants to my art, and my functional work, as much as possible while still being responsive to the medium since everything can change on the pipe no matter how much you plan.
What is your dream project?
I am currently working on my dream project by opening my own hot shop, with the help of my lovely wife and partner, Gwen. We were hot about November and had a good soft opening for the holiday season. Currently, we are in the process of finishing up the cold shop, with the gallery/showroom space to be worked on in the spring and summer. Ideally, I would like to offer apprenticeships for high school students, possibly run college-level classes through Ohio Wesleyan at some point, and offer an alternative showing space for both. I want to try and make the studio be a part of the community as much as possible, while also trying to make sure that interested young people have a good foundation.
If you weren't working in this field, what career would you choose?
There are other aspects of the glass field that all need people in lots of different capacities. I would probably try equipment fabrication, the thought/material process is just as interesting to me as blowing glass and is really satisfying.
Why are you a member of GAS?
Honestly? It’s because of the newsletter! That alone makes the price of membership worth it… but it’s also the larger community that makes it great--the best example is the conference!
To learn more about Chris Harman, go to his GAS MEMBER PROFILE PAGE
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