Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Paul Allen Counts Blown Glass at Smith Galleries

Paul Allen Counts

Most artists can tell you either a teacher or an experience that changed their lives; that put them on road to becoming the potter or glassblower they were meant to be. For Paul Allen Counts this pivotal event was when he was introduced to the art of glassblowing in 1978. As he says, “I was young, full of energy and still searching for my educational direction in college. One day I watched a glassblower work and this experience changed my world view.” From then on Paul’s affection for art became a passion for glass.  In 1983 he received his BA in Glass/Ceramics and in 1985 his MA in Glass, both from California State at Fullerton. He then worked in several California glass studios as a production glassblower and studied with Dick Marquis and Lino Taliapiatra at Haystack in the early 1990’s. Today Paul divides his time between his glass studio and sharing with college students his love for and knowledge of art.
Vase by Paul Counts

Paul is known for his colorful furled murrine vases which take a great deal of strength, determination, and skill to create. “I work at art for myself; I offer the fruits of my endeavors as a token of thanks for the life of an artist.” Paul says that his reward is the process of
Bowl by Paul Allen Counts
creation and that the finished piece is a bonus.  We are the fortunate recipients of that “bonus” for the beautiful pieces he creates reflect his passion for what he does. See more here.

Smith Galleries is located in suite J11 (second level) of the Village at Wexford at 1000 William Hilton Parkway on Hilton Head Island, SC. Gallery hours are 10 - 6 Monday through Saturday. 800.272.3870

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