Meet Handcrafted America’s Artisan Brenna Baker, Hollywood Hot Glass

Brenna Baker, Hollywood Hot Glass

Brenna Baker found her calling at age 14 when she enrolled in a glassblowing class at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY. At the museum, Brenna learned the basics, the technical and aesthetic aspects of creating stunning pieces of functional art with glass.

Later on in life, she studied with Pino Signoretto, one of the world’s finest glass sculptors, in Murano, Italy. She traveled the world on Celebrity Solstice class ships demonstrating the art of glassblowing with the Hot Glass Show of the Corning Museum of Glass, and taught classes at the museum. She was the youngest Master Gaffer (glassblower), and only the second female gaffer, employed by Steuben Glass. Each opportunity, each experience brought her closer to her dream of becoming an independent glass artist.

In 2013, having moved to Florida, Brenna founded Hollywood Hot Glass, and since then, she creates stunning original pieces in collections, on commission and for installations. Through her workshops, classes and walk-in workshops, she is able to share her knowledge and love for the art of glassblowing every day.

Meet Artisan…

What drew you to your chosen craft?

I knew I wanted to make a career out of glassmaking at age 14 when I took my first glassblowing class at the Corning Museum of Glass.

What do you enjoy most about your craft?

The most rewarding part of my career today is that I get to share the glass making experience with so many people on a daily basis.

Why is it important for people to make things with their own hands?

Making things with your hands is an awesome creative outlet for anyone and everyone.

In what ways are handmade goods better than those that are mass produced?

Anything made by hand has depth and tells a story, they’re one-of-a-kind authentic pieces!

What does the future hold for your type of work?

In the future, as an entrepreneur I hope to continue to share the glassmaking experience in many more cities around the United States. As an artist I hope to impact people positively with large scale glass installations that embody nature through directional flow design in airports!

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