Using a free form flameworking technique, Arlie Trowbridge transforms borosilicate glass into highly tactile compositions. Pairing her signature cluster style of meticulous melted droplets with the hardness and structure of faceted crystal forms, her current work is created with a feeling of awe and bewilderment that often encompasses her while standing in her favorite crystal shop.
Arlie lives and works out of her home studio on Oahu, Hawaii. She and her fiancé Stephen recently made the move from the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina seeking new tropical adventures and inspiration.
Arlie holds a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in Photography and Film. During her senior year she discovered flameworking while fulfilling an elective credit under the teachings of Emilio Santini. Upon graduation in 2010, she began making glass jewelry, selling on Etsy.com and has since been sold and shown in multiple galleries across the United States including MoMA Design Store, Urban Glass and The Honolulu Museum of Art. While living in Asheville, she worked as a studio artist at the North Carolina Glass Center and also studied at Penland School of Crafts under multiple scholarships.
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