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Matt Kolbrener Glass

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Detroit, MI
Glass • WHOLESALE AVAILABLE • CUSTOM COMMISSIONS

Matt Kolbrener has been honing his glass blowing and steel fabrication techniques since 2007 by working with and studying under world-class artists and craftspeople. Inspired by the post-industrial landscapes of Pittsburgh and Detroit, Matt's approach to shaping hot glass has its roots in mass production. He constructs custom-made molds and tooling to form and texture the hot glass into shapes that capture Detroit's rich manufacturing history in an industrial, modern, retro aesthetic all his own



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Detroit, Michigan

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Tell us how your work is made.

I construct custom-made steel molds and tooling to form and texture the hot glass into shapes that capture Detroit's rich manufacturing history in an industrial, modern, and retro aesthetic.


What makes you passionate about the medium you work with?

Growing up in postindustrial rust-belt cities, I love that I am able to continue to use the materials and mine the wealth of creative knowledge that still surrounds this area.

What is something unique about you or your practice?

I aim capture unique textures and surfaces in my glass work inspired by the textures traditionally associated with manufacturing. When interpreted in glass, these surfaces catch and interact with the light in a way that brings the pieces to life.