Meet the Artist
About This Artist
Detroit based Artist, Designer and Educator, Andy Koupal has over 15 years of experience working with glass. He began his career as a production glassblower with exposure to many processes and techniques. Andy’s work is an evolution of traditional glassmaking techniques with a keen eye and passion for modern and contemporary design. Growing up in the Rust Belt, he is especially inspired by the cultural landscapes of the area represented in his sculptural works.
Q&A With This Artist
A: My work is generally made using traditional free-hand glassblowing techniques out of the furnace. Many of the methods I use are Venetian influenced, but I also incorporate a variety of other methods such as cold-working and lampworking.
A: Working with glass is infinitely inspiring and challenging. The physical characteristics of the material, it's inherent beauty, the way it captures and transmits light are all well known. But perhaps lesser known, is the consistently humbling nature of working with glass. It's an incredibly difficult material to work with and requires the maker's full attention to progress and realize ideas. Everyday it challenges me, but the feeling of reward in making is also limitless.
A: I've spent the better portion of my career so far as a production glass blower with the majority of the pieces I made for other companies, designers and institutions. This way of working provided me a stable living while I learned the complexities of the material and how to apply them to my own ideas. 2020 and 2021 have been transitional years for me as I segway into making my own work full-time. "
A: Growing up in the Rust Belt and living here still, I'm constantly inspired by the cultural landscape around me. From the architecture and industrial design to history and music and the local community around me, all of the enriching facets of everyday life in Detroit feed who I am as a person and artist.
A: The style of glassblowing I work with requires you to work with a team and in my career I've been honored to work directly with many people from different walks of life. From the glass factory floor to a gallery opening or class, in every interaction there is the sharing of stories, ideas, techniques that offer a very unique opportunity of empowering people through making, working and coming together.
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