Chad Balster, Glass Artist. Louisville, Kentucky.
Glass undergoes a transformation from solid to liquid : liquid to solid. Throughout the process of interacting with this material, a glass artist must also undergo a transformation. Tuning one's natural rhythms to the glass is to be sympathetic to it. Without the Artist, the material lies dormant, yet full of potential. Without glass, we have an empty furnace; nothing to inspire us.
I am excited to be a participant in the fusing of energy and action. The finished product is born in fire and brought into the life of the Hotshop. This is Art that speaks of a number of levels (immediate, emotional, rational, and metaphysical). It becomes a conversation between artist, art, participant.
Chad first started working in Glass in Minneapolis in 1996 as a balmy summer job. “I’ve been chasing it ever since.” Following "hot glass" to the headwaters of the Mississippi river, to Seattle, and then to Louisville in 2003 where he was invited to be a resident artist at Louisville Glassworks; producing art, teaching classes and building mobile glass studios. In 2012 he started Chad Balster Glass and began construction of his own line of mobile glassblowing equipment.
2000-2002 University of Wisconsin, River Falls Glassblowing.
1995-2000 BFA Honors in Painting and Drawing. University of Minnesota. Minneapolis, Minnesota. Summa Cum Laude.
1994-1995 Worthington Area Senior High School. Worthington, Minnesota.
1993 Wirtschaft Gymnasium, Crailsheim Germany. Sister City Exchange Ambassador between Worthington, Minnesota and Crailsheim, Germany.
2016: Construction of Mobile Glassblowing Workshop, Railroad Square, Tallahassee, Fl.
2015: Glassblowing Instructor, Lux Studio. Eugene, Oregon. "Medieval Bit Applications"
2012-2015: Summer "Experience" glassblowing workshops in Sauder Village, Archbold Oh. Live hands-on glassblowing classes for students of all ages.
2012: Construction of “Hot Box”, Building a Glass Studio from the ground up in the Germantown/Paristown Neighborhood of Louisville, Kentucky. This project Incorporates “studio glass” principles and will develop into a whole armada of mobile glassblowing equipment studios.
2012: Glassblowing Instructor, Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York Summer Session, “Introduction to Glassblowing”
2010-2016 Teachers Assistant. Mark Matthews, “Advanced Color Systems in Glass”. Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York. Assistant to Mark Matthews (http://markmatthewsglass.com/) for a weeklong course of color theory and it’s application in glass, particularly marble sculptures.
2004-2011 Glass Instructor, Louisville Glassworks. Taught mini “Blow Your Own” 5-minute workshops (ages 7-90), 1-day workshops (ages 18+), Weekend 2 day Glassblowing Retreats, 1-Week Intensive Glassblowing Classes, and
5-Week Courses (Beginning Glassblowing, Glassblowing I & II).
2003 Visiting Artist, Summer Kids Retreat. New York Mills Regional Cultural Center. Summer art classes for kids aged 9-15.
1999-2000 Teaching Assistant, University of Minnesota, David Feinberg. Drawing, Painting, 3-d painting,
2011-2012 Resident of Highlands Art Studio, 1220 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, Kentucky.
2004-2011 Resident Artist, Louisville Glassworks, Louisville Kentucky.
2003 Internship, White Pine Studio, Battle Lake Minnesota.
2000-2002 Glass Program, University of Wisconsin, River Falls, Wisconsin.
2015: "All About Glass", Gallery On the Square, Franklin, KY. Group Glass Show featuring Regional Ky Glass Artists.
2013: "Translating Texture", Gallery On Pearl, New Albany, Indiana. Duo Show with Oil Painter Jeanne McCutcheon.
2012: "Gariepy Group" Show of Current Works, Louisville Kentucky.
2011: "Cherokee Triangle Art Show" Louisville, Kentucky.
2010: "Equinox". The Carriage House Gallery. Old Louisville Kentucky. Duo Show with Gretchen Andres
2009: “Pneuma” Von Fire Gallery, Glassworks. Louisivlle, Kentucky. Chad Balster Solo show. Blown Glass, Video, Installation, Fire performance.
2008: “Ordered Chaos”. Von Fire Gallery, Glassworks. Louisville Kentucky. Blown Glass inspired by the paintings and drawings of Skyler Smith.
2008: “Emerging Artists”, Von Fire Gallery, Glassworks. Louisville Kentucky. A show of emerging Glassworks artists. Blown Glass.
2007: “OVCE: Trash to Treasure”, Cressmann Center. Louisville, Kentucky. Art of the Ohio Valley Creative Energy, a green arts facility planned for Southern Indiana Clark and Floyd County waste facility.
2007: “Dig”, The Ground Floor Gallery, 110 Building. Louisville, Kentucky. Art inspired by the element of Earth. Blown Glass Lingam Installation.
2007: “Ignite”, The Ground Floor Gallery, Glassworks Building. Louisville, Kentucky. Art inspired by the element of Fire. Fire Performance with the Phoenix Collective.
2006: “Saturate”, The Ground Floor Galery, St Francis building. Louisville, Kentucky. Art inspired by the element of Water. Wooden/Glass Bridge Sculpture.
2006: “Inhale”, The Ground Floor Gallery, Riverbend Winery. Louisvile, Kentucky. Art Inspired by the element of Air. Blown/Inhaled Glass.
2005: “Geodesic Jellyfish”, Art Shanty Project, Medicine Lake, Minnesota. Blown Glass Chandelier, Geodesic Dome.
2004: “Reflections and Projections, 4 more years...”, Glassworks Building. Louisville, Kentucky. Politically Inspired Glass, Wood and Meat Sculpture.
2003: “Glass Medicine Wheel”, Burningman Festival, Black Rock City, Nevada. Blown Glass Installation of a Native Medicine Wheel.
2002: “Schemes From the Third Party”, Flatland Gallery, Minneapolis Minnesota. Blown Glass and Lighting.
2001: “Dynamic Liquidity”, Flatland Gallery, Minneapolis Minnesota. Blown Glass.
2000: "Manifested Destiny, Thesis Presentation", Katherine E. Nash Gallery, University of Minnesota. Minneapolis, Mn. Blown Glass, Paintings, Cast Bronze, Photography.
1999: “Foot in the Door”, Minneapolis Institute of the Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota. All work in this group show was 1’x1’. Exhibited Painting of the Mississippi 35W bridge that later collapsed in 2007.
1994: “Amateur Artists’ Alliance” A Group exhibit of sister-city artists from 5 countries. Show in Crailsheim, Germany and Marienbad, Czech Republic. Exhibited drawings on duality.
2008-2011 Commission and Construction of Juicy Lucy, a mobile glassblowing studio based out of a van. All the equipment was designed specifically to be portable. Future plans include using Waste Vegetable Oil for firing the furnace as well as fuelling the Van. Louisville Glassworks uses this program for glass education and object making workshops in Kentucky and Southern Indiana.