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Inspired by nature in my surroundings in Berkshire County, I have been creating my art in the forms of paperweights, blown glass, sculptural and lampworked glass for the last 16 years.
    I was raised in Litchfield County, CT and became interested in glass, at the age of 19 when I visited Tim Bristow's glass studio in Webatuck Craft Village in New York.  Bristow offered me an apprenticeship and I worked under him for two years. After the apprenticeship, I worked at Arnold Larson's glass studio in Poughquag, NY, Gilmore Glass in Millerton, NY, and several other local shops before I was hired as a full time gaffer at Gartner Blade in Ashley Falls, Ma. I have been with Gartner Blade for 13+ years now.                                               
    As a self taught lampworker, I had experimented with various lampworking techniques finding the results beautiful, but quite fragile. I soon realized that I could take the fragile lampworked elements and encase them in glass. I was hooked on the paperweight technique. My paperweights emerged half a dozen years later through trial, error and perseverance.
     I started dating my wife, Katie in 2004, although we were friends since the mid 90's when we went to high school together. In 2006, we moved to Berkshire County to be close to Gartner Blade. Katie who is a Middle School Art Teacher and a professional photographer found the Berkshires to inspire her artwork and her teaching style. We married in 2008 and bought our first home in 2010. We share a two story glass/photo studio on our property. Our son Charlie was born in 2012. Charlie enjoys my paperweights, but thinks they are balls, and that can be a problem. 
     I am constantly amazed by the variety of animals and flowers out in our yard. My artwork is directly related to my love of the flora and fauna in the Berkshires. Besides my passion for glass, I am an avid outdoor man and enjoy fishing, traditional archery, and hiking. 

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Curriculum vitae


Curriculum vitae


   Graduate of New Milford High School, New Milford, CT. Class of 1998.

   Clinton Smith has been creating art in the forms of paperweights, blown glass, sculptural and lampworked glass for the last 16 years.

   Smith was raised in Litchfield County, CT and became interested in glass, at the age of 19 when he visited a small glass studio in Webatuck Craft Village in New York.  Smith was offered an apprenticeship where he worked for two years. After the apprenticeship, Smith worked in several other local shops in New York and Connecticut before he was hired as a full time gaffer at Gartner Blade in Ashley Falls, Ma. Smith has been with Gartner Blade for 13 years now.                                              

    As a self-taught lampworker, Smith had experimented with various lampworking techniques finding the results beautiful, but quite fragile. Smith soon realized that he could take the fragile lampworked elements and encase them in glass. He was hooked on the paperweight technique. His paperweights emerged half a dozen years later through trial, error and perseverance

      In the summer of 2012, Smith was the recipient of a full scholarship to the Corning Museum of Glass workshop, “From the Kiln, to the Hotshop (and back again)” with Mark Ditzler, Harry Seaman and Gayla Lee.

In February, 2013, Smith was awarded the 2013 Niche Award for Lampworked Glass in Philadelphia, PA presented by the Rosen Media Group.

 

Exhibitions & Awards:

 Presenter at the Delaware Paperweight Collector’s Association, July 2011

 Presenter at the Wheaton Village Paperweight Festival, June 2012

 National Paperweight Collector’s Association Artist of the Month June 2012

 Donating Artist in the National Liberty Museum Glass Art Auction, September, 2012

 Presenter at the L.H. Selman Paperweight Weekend, October, 2012.

 Niche Award, 2013 Lampworked Glass, Philadelphia, PA. February, 2013.

 Participant in the “Feed the World” project at the 2013 PCA convention, New Orleans, LA. June 2013.

Participant in Flameworked Life Sculpture workshop with Wes Flemming, at Snow Farm, MA, November 2013.

 Presenter at the Wheaton Arts Paperweight Festival, May 2014

 Presenter at the Texas Paperweight Association, Waco TX, June 2014.

 National Paperweight Collector’s Association Artist of the Month, August 2014.

 Presenter at the L.H. Selman Paperweight Weekend, September, 2014.

Presenter at the Delaware Paperweight Collector’s Association, April, 2016.

Presenter at the Wheaton Arts Paperweight Festival, May 2016. 

Live Glass Demo at R.A. Georgetti & Co. July, 2016.

Presenter at the New England Paperweight Collector's Association, October 2016.

Presenter at the Paperweight Collector's Circle, Cambridge, England, February 2017.

Presenter and Live Glass Demo, Paperweight Collector's Association National Convention, Norfolk, VA, April 2017.

Live Glass Demo at R.A. Georgetti & Co. July, 2017.

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