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David J. Shanfeld
I began the craft of hot glass in college as an elective. After graduating from the Columbus College of Art & Design in 1991, with a B.F.A. I had no expectations of working with glass again. However, in 1994, I wandered into Tesuque Glassworks and was intrigued by Charlie Miner's glass castings. While asking for some helpful hints on casting, I was offered a job.

This serendipitous opportunity has been an invaluable continuation of my education in both casting and glassblowing. When I work with glass, it is with a well-deserved respect for the material, coaxing the material to evoke what is already in its nature.

I took a sabbatical from TGW for a few years to work with well known glass artist Mary Shaffer and to learn the technique of casting bronze at Shidoni Foundry and the Art Foundry. In 2002, I returned to Tesuque Glassworks and have since been working on glass casting and a cane working technique of glassblowing.
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