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Charlie Lowrie



Charles Lowrie prefers working with large concepts and visions His pieces are majestic - commanding attention to its quality and form. He also enjoys the challenge of handling and manipulating heavy molten glass, ensuring careful timing and precision in order to create the natural shapes of his sculptures. "Each gesture is every tiny observation of the beautiful and meaningful relationship between them."

Born in Oregon in 1975, Charles Lowrie found his way into the glass world by first exploring music. For three years at a local university, Lowrie studied jazz and classical music, composition, and performance. During his studies of Mozart and Beethoven, he was introduced to a glass harmonica - an instrument that is based on the resonant qualities of the glass: the vibrations caused by the manual rotations around the rim of the glass produce the sound.

 


 
Learning to Fly
Whale Song 2

This glass instrument intrigued Lowrie, so much so that he attempted to make one himself. While designing the instrument, he soon became aware of the endless possibilities of glass and, for the first time, recognized glass as amazing art form.

Shortly thereafter, a friend handed him a flyer, which advertised classes in a private scientific glass studio. Lowrie, curious, decided to check it out. His fate was sealed when he discovered the studio was not only equipped for glass production but with a recording studio to boot. From that day forward, in 1997, Lowrie has been actively involved in the world of glass.

Thanks to his musical background and training, Lowrie understood that in order to achieve a skill, and become great at it, one must possess two things: serious discipline and a good teacher. Lowrie sought out instruction with various teachers and glass courses and, within time, found himself working alongside some of the greatest American glass masters, such as Fritz Dreisbach, Karen Willenbrink and William Morris. Lowrie learned that these artists had one common thread in their training - and that was of maestro vetraio, Pino Signoretto of Murano, Italy.

In 1999, Lowrie was fortunate to have the opportunity to work as Signoretto's assistant at the Pilchuk School of Glass in Seattle, WA. It was during this class that Lowrie realized Signoretto would be the channel he needed in order to achieve his full potential in glass. Since 1999, Lowrie has been under the discerning guidance of Signoretto, serving as his apprentice in Murano as well as his assistant in various workshops in the U.S. and Italy.

Applying his discipline and temperament to the proficiency of his teachers, Lowrie has begun independent projects of his own. "Creating sacred objects and/or the reminder of their sacredness is what inspires me," explains Lowrie. "My whale sculpture comes from my experience with the whales in Hawaii. The sculpture is a homage to the whales." Interestingly enough, the whale sculpture also features a blowpipe that can actually be played, creating a conch-shell sound or "the whale song," as Lowrie would describe.

Lowrie prefers working with large concepts and visions His pieces are majestic - commanding attention to its quality and form. He also enjoys the challenge of handling and manipulating heavy molten glass, ensuring careful timing and precision in order to create the natural shapes of his sculptures. "Each gesture is every tiny observation of the beautiful and meaningful relationship between them."

Although travels, people, and nature inspire his work, Lowrie prefers working on private commissions, allowing him to personally collaborate with the client. He is also looking forward to public installations. In the meantime, Lowrie continues to develop his skills while producing independent ventures. His recent sculpture of the grandfather turtles, titled "Learning to Fly", gets its name from a period in Lowrie's life where, after many years of training, finally felt confident enough to "leave the nest" and make a career for himself in the glass industry. The future is bright for this young glass artist.

"I am proud of being part of the lineage and generations of glass masters. There are unlimited possibilities in this medium and I hope to continue to work with the best, as well as pass on my experience to others. Just as I have learned, I feel it is my payback to all the grand masters before me to pass on my knowledge and continue to create."

We are pleased here at Kela’s to represent a young and very talented artist trained by some of the master glass artists in the world.





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