Featured Artist Archive > June, 2012
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grew up in Litchfield County, Connecticut, and became interested
in glass at an early age. In 1999 (when he was 19), he visited Tim
Bristow's glass studio in Webatuck Craft Village, Wingdale, New
York, and was delighted to be offered an apprenticeship to work
and study under Tim for two years. After this apprenticeship, Clinton
worked in a number of glass studios, including Arnold Larson's studio
in Poughquag and Gilmore Glass in Millerton, NY. In 2003, he was
hired as full-time gaffer at Gartner Blade Hot Glass Studio in Ashley
Falls, MA., and has enjoyed working for them ever since.
career, Clinton has experimented with making his own glass art.
He taught himself lampworking and tried various lampworking techniques,
finding the results beautiful but quite fragile. He was especially
inspired by nature and loves to create in glass the flora and fauna
of the beautiful Berkshire countryside. The process of encasing
delicate lampworked pieces in clear crystal glass to create a paperweight
fascinated him, and Clinton became a successful paperweight specialist
through trial, error and perseverance.
Today he is
well-established as a paperweight artist, creating incredibly detailed
paperweights, often inspired by the flowers and creatures in his
own yard at home. On two occasions, he has assisted master paperweight
artist Paul Stankard in live demonstrations. His commissioned work
can be found in public venues as well as private collections, and
you can see more of his work on his website http://www.clintonfsmith.com.
His wife, Katie,
is a middle school art teacher and a professional photographer,
so they share a two story glass/photo studio on their property.
Friends since high school days in the mid 90's, Katie and Clinton
married in 2008 and bought their first home in 2010. Besides his
passion for glass, Clinton is an avid outdoor man and enjoys fishing,
archery, and hiking. Collectors can contact him by email at email@example.com.