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Glasscraft Instructor Profile- Steve Bates

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On February 18-20, 2016, Steve Bates will be teaching a Construction and Concept class at Glasscraft’s Golden Studio. In this 3 day combination class, students will get the best of both worlds- 1 day of demonstration and 2 days of hands-on instruction. During the demonstration, Bates will be showing his techniques and discussing theory and piece construction. The hands-on class time will be focused on concept creation and working on some of the techniques highlighted in the demonstration. Students will leave the class with new ideas, techniques, and concepts for functional construction as well as pieces of their next great creation.

So, let’s get to know Steve Bates a little better.


Bates started his journey into glass in High School. He grew up in rural Maine. In high school, Bates’ art teacher had a soft glass table with a hot head torch setups in the classroom. So, at the age of 15, he started by making beads. There were some local glassblowers in his area and he was able to hang out and watch them work. By 19, he was making pipes.

Bates realized early in his college days that formal schooling was not his thing. He then spent one summer paving driveways before he decided that he wanted to blow glass for a living. His style has evolved over the years. He is constantly looking for the next thing that will inspire him and keep him motivated. It’s that search that sparks the ideas for the Construction and Concept class- identifying inspiration and how to turn that into a piece.

While Bates is very well known for his clear functional pieces, he started out working with color. Then, Bates spent 2 semesters at Salem Community College studying Scientific Glass Technology. This scientific influence along with the fact that clear was becoming popular in the functional glass world changed Bates’ work significantly. In 2010, Bates helped to start Hitman Glass. His scientific based designs were part of the original product line.

Bates along with fellow glassblower Worm created a glass flamethrower for Glassroots in 2012.


Bates is no stranger to teaching. He has taught at Mr. Grey’s and Toronto Flameworking studio in recent years along with several smaller studios. This will be his first time teaching at Glasscraft.

For more information or to purchase a seat in the class, click here.

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