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FAL-WIN 2017

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40 PIERCE FALL / WINTER 2017 In the small community in the middle of Vermont, the Leamans would peer at the gorge, grab a couple of sandwiches, and allow enough time to visit the Simon Pearce glassblowing studio. ere, Leaman watched in wonder as the blowers, working in teams of two, sometimes three, formed and manipulated the liquid glass into fantastic shapes — goblets and vases, bowls and wine glasses. From nothing came something. And it came nearly instantaneously. "It's something I knew I wanted to try," says Leaman. Artistic DNA T hat he felt this artistic impulse was no great surprise. Creativity imbued his childhood. His father, Edward, is a painter and antiques dealer, and the family home was decorated with the treasures found at flea markets and yard sales. Art dominated the wall spaces and family conversations. Many of his parents' friends were artists, and Leaman's parents enrolled him in private painting and drawing classes. But the medium of glass captivated him. "It's unlike anything else," he says. "It's hot, it's molten, it's challenging," he says. "It flows. And you have to move fast, but be patient." His first taste of working with it came his junior year of high school. A friend's cousin was a blower by the name of Mark Hursty, who had a studio in nearby Hamilton, Mass. A few lessons with Hursty led to a semesterlong internship and a total immersion into the art form. I had wanted to be a marine biologist when I was younger and later I got into outdoor education — I was a kayak guide growing up," says Leaman. "But then came glass and when I saw the studio at Pierce, I was sold. I knew that's where I wanted to go. Above: Some of Leaman's creations; left: the mill building where Leaman has his studio. GLASS ARTISTRY

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