Fall Into Fine Craft Artisan Spotlight – Dan Hayward

Dan Hayward took his first glass class over eleven years ago at the urging of his daughter after he had “retired” from a consulting career. Beginning with simple stained glass panels, Dan was soon challenged by a special request for stained glass windows for a children’s chapel. “Neither my collaborator nor I knew how we could put a frog on Noah’s Ark using traditional methods, but I was confident we could achieve the desired detail in fused glass.” So Dan journeyed to the Corning Museum of Glass for a weekend class in glass fusing. From there, it was a matter of practice, trial and error, observing and asking questions to continually refine technique.

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When developing stained glass patterns, “I sometimes begin with a striking piece of art glass and design around its color and pattern. Other times I start with an interesting object – a geode, cut-glass saucer, lamp prism – and play with it until I get the germ of an idea. Then I ask my wife, Cheryl, an accomplished artist with a good sense of design and color, to give me her thoughts. She pushes me to new ways of thinking about a project, and the end result is always better.” Dan likes to incorporate many varieties and textures of clear glass to highlight the colorful hand-rolled art glass which he typically uses.

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Dan’s fused glass art serves both as colorful conversation pieces and functional dinnerware. “Due to the whimsy of the creative process and the variety of glass available, I seldom create two items that are exactly alike. I once created a whole line of plates for my niece, each of which began with a piece of scrap from another plate”. Dan’s fused glass signature is the clear edge formed around the central design of the work.

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Dan will be here, with over fifty other fine artisans, so mark your calendar, today! Follow Dan on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dan-Hayward-Art-Glass/115020842013650 and see more of his work on the gallery page of http://www.ybcrafts.org. .

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