Emily McBride

Emily McBride

About The Artist

Emily McBride • Minneapolis, MN

Emily McBride’s collection of blown glass tablewares add color and light into the home. Her designs are inspired by clean lines, minimalist aesthetics, and the luminosity of light transmitting through colored glass. In 2022, McBride was named one of ten artists for the Emerging Artist Cohort with American Craft Council and was invited to be a Visiting Artist at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA. McBride earned her MFA in Craft/Material Studies from VCU in 2016. She resides in Minneapolis, MN.


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Q&A with the Artist

Tell us how your work is made.

My work is all blown glass made by hand in a public non-profit studio called Foci MN Center for Glass Arts in Minneapolis, MN. Since glassblowing is often a team sport, I work with a fellow glass artist to assist in making my work which allows me to get precise and crisp forms. Some pieces require a final surfacing step in the Cold Shop using machinery to flatten bases and give a high polished finish.

What makes you passionate about the medium you work with?

I am transfixed by how transparent colored glass refracts light on a sunny day. I draw inspiration from pairing colors and capturing the light play through photography of the objects. I work with a palette of seductive colors, complementing rich jewel tones and brights with subdued elegant neutral tones. I want these objects to arouse a visual and tactile desire and for them to be used and enjoyed in the home.

What is something unique about you or your practice?

Like other craft mediums, glass is so satisfying to work with because of the sense of accomplishment one receives in mastering their craft. With a learning curve that takes years to overcome, when you get to the point where you can consistently make what you have ideated in your stretches you realize that the potential is limitless.