Foster Holcombe

Tell us about yourself.

Foster Holcombe’s interest in glass began in 1976 with his stained glass studio in Denver, Colorado. While attending a summer seminar in enameling techniques at Pilchuck in 1978, Foster became interested in hot glass. In 1980-81 he studied glassblowing, decorating and technology in Stourbridge, the heart of England’s glass industry. In 1985, Theda Hansen joined Foster and together they have designed a line of glass uniquely their own. Between them, Foster and Theda bring you more than 70 years experience. Todd Hansen joined the studio in 1999, Bruce Ferguson in 2000 and Josh Ries in 2003. Each brings his own individual style to art of fire while assisting with production and instructing glassblowing classes. They also assist with classes at corning glass studio in New York.

What draws you to the material you work with?

The challenge of producing what is envisioned.

What themes do you pursue in your work, and why have you chosen the processes that you use in your work?

During the COVID lockdown we’re taking our educational demonstrations to Facebook and YouTube live. Tuesday mornings are our livestreams. We share the fun of what we do as well as explaining each step for the viewers to understand. We’ve done several fundraisers with our audience in order to donate to NOKIDHUNGRY.ORG.

Why are you a member of GAS?

The glass community isn’t very large. It’s nice being part of something with shared interests and understanding.

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