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"I am drawn to glass as a material for its properties of fragility and clarity, the way it captures and manipulates light, and its ability to metaphorically represent the line between the visible and invisible." - Treg Silkwood
Treg Silkwood was born and raised in the big sky country of Montana. Growing up he knew that he wanted to work with his hands. He studied pre-medicine at the University of Montana before deciding to pursue a career in the arts. In 1996 he received his BFA from Alfred University graduating the Top Student of the Art and Design school.
Treg spent the next five years working as a production glass blower recreating early American glass at the Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village. At the Village, he deepened his appreciation for the history and the craft of working with glass. It was there that he discovered the value of using glass as a vehicle of expression. Treg has worked as a gaffer for the Hot Glass Road Show of the Corning Museum of Glass, a state of the art mobile glass blowing studio. He has demonstrated and taught glassblowing at numerous institutions and schools across the United States and abroad.
In 2002, Treg met Candace Martin. The two immediately fell in love and soon after combined their talents to form Silkwood Glass, a custom, hand-crafted glass company. Treg and Candace bring complementary talents to their partnership, Treg's glassblowing skill and mastery of form are coupled by Candace's painterly sense of color and innovative designs. As each piece is formed from the molten glass, the couple shares a dynamic relationship. Throughout the creative process, their interaction seems choreographed in a whirl of constant motion and deliberation.
In 2003, artists Treg Silkwood and Candace Martin combined their artistic talents to form Silkwood Glass, a custom glass company specializing in Marine glass sculpture. Together they create unique, one of a kind, handcrafted glass and sculpture largely inspired by the natural world. Their mission is to create exceptional glasswork that evokes a similar sense of wonder and awe to that they have discovered on their walks along the California Coast.
Their work has been exhibited internationally and has won numerous awards including the 2010 People’s Choice Award and the 2009 Juror’s Choice Award at the Bay Area Glass Institute’s Annual Auction. Silkwood Glass has been featured in Sunset Magazine and is available at many prestigious galleries including Vetri International Gallery in Seattle and Tacoma, The Vault Gallery in Santa Cruz, and the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York.
In 2008, Treg was honored to be the second of two artist invited by Steuben to have a Solo Show at The Steuben Flagship Store on Madison Avenue in New York City. From May thru October an exclusive collection of over one hundred pieces of his sculptural work was featured in the “Steuben Selections Series,” which was established to showcase the world’s foremost artists in glass.