Born in Vermont,
Chris Sherwin studied at Southern Connecticut State University and
in his senior year Liberal Studies, he included glassblowing in
1991 as an "elective". He then worked in Maryland for two years
as a residential direct-care worker for individuals with Developmental
Disabilities. Returning to Vermont in 1993, Chris changed the direction
of his career to become a glassblower. He signed on as an apprentice
with Simon Pearce, Inc., a prestigious glass facility in Windsor
& Quechee, VT, known for their high-quality crystal.
Chris was promoted
to journeyman glassblower and team leader, specializing in stemware
and handled crystal pieces. In 1997 he moved to Chico, California,
where his future wife Cheryl studied for degrees in Speech Pathology
and Chris worked at Orient & Flume Art Glass. For the next seven
years, he watched and learned from some great glass masters, experimenting,
developing and refining his own skills especially in iridescent
and torchwork design.
In 2004, they
returned home to New England to raise their daughter closer to both
their families. Chris set up his own glass studio, Sherwin Art Glass,
which officially opened in August, 2005. Using hand-pulled canes
of glass made specifically for each design, and a hand-held oxy-propane
torch, he melts and shapes the tips of the glass canes and applies
them to the glass form being created. He describes the process as
'Painting with Glass' and all of his work is done 'on the pipe'.
Once started, a piece demands concentration and attention to detail
through to the end, which he says can take up to three hours. Currently
he is focusing on flora and fauna found specifically in New England
such as the eastern dogwood blossom in this beautiful paperweight.