Welcome to the hand-crafted world of Sherwin Art Glass, located at 33 Bridge Street in downtown Bellows Falls, a unique art studio and gallery featuring the glass-blown creations of Southern Vermont native Chris Sherwin, who opened his studio in August of 2005.
However, there is certainly much more depth to this artists than just glass.
Born in Brattleboro and raised in Westminster, Chris graduated from Bellows Falls Union High School in 1986 and received a liberal studies degree with a concentration on special education from Southern Ct. State University (SCSU).
"In addition to my concentration in special education at college, I also studied history and psychology.
Who would have thought I'd become a glass blower?" Sherwin said in a recent interview.
It was during his senior year at SCSU that Sherwin discovered glassblowing as a class elective and has been creating glass art ever since.
Chris has also explored other art media and materials in his career including drawing, painting, ceramics, wood turning and burning.
In 1993 Chris became an apprentice for Simon Pearce, Inc., a prestigious glass studio with facilities in Windsor and Quechee, that specializes in high-quality, functional crystal.
Chris honed his glassblowing skills , with a special concentration in stemware and handled pieces such as tankards, pitchers and Irish coffee mugs.
In 1997, Sherwin and his wife (then fiance') Cheryl, moved to California where she pursued her college education and Chris worked as a glass blower for Orient & Flume Art Glass, a world-renowned glass studio famous for their intricate work, brilliant colors and torch work designs.
"For the next several years I watched and learned from masters of the trade, while experimenting and developing my own techniques," he added.
"Specializing in iridescent and torch work design, I sold pieces on the Orient & Flume production line and had my own retail section in the showroom."