Dan Battat, one of our new Massachusetts enrollees, is a skilled glass artist from the Pioneer Valley. Driven to bring elegance and fine functionality into daily life, his work ranges from sculpture to sturdy everyday drinking glasses to intricate stemware and artisan jewelry. Dan specializes in flame-worked glass, but also pursues off-hand furnace blowing.
Dan is inspired by traditional Venetian glassblowing as well as the early twentieth century German school of industrial art and design, the Bauhaus. Dan’s amazing handmade glass goods play the line between fine art and industrial design, functional and non-functional, practical and conceptual.
Dan began working with glass in high school, and continued his formal education in glass in college. In addition to earning his bachelor’s degree in Studio Art and Design from Hampshire College, Dan has studied at the Corning Museum of Glass, the Diablo Glass School, and MetalWerx. Dan has shown his work at the All Fired Up Gallery in West Stockbridge, MA, the Hampshire College Main Gallery, the Hampshire College Tavern Art Gallery, SnowFarm: The New England Craft Program, and the North Cambridge Glass School (NOCA at APG).
Dan currently resides in Hadley, MA and maintains a personal flame-working studio within Brick CoWorkshop, a collaboratively managed light industrial workspace in Holyoke, MA.