Courtney Branam’s vessels are influenced and inspired as much from the history of glassblowing, as from personal experiences working with modern artists. Rooted in a tradition that is meticulously on center, Courtney adds a playful twist that allows the work to become gestural and expressive. His Clouds series is an exciting new body of work that he will build on in his upcoming 2017 solo show at Vetri. The Soft Cube series grew out of a desire to make a cubed form without use of a mold. Blown glass wants to be round and to sculpt it requires an incredible amount of skill. “I never thought that by trying to think outside the box, I would end up with a cube” says Branam.
While studying engineering and graphic design at Texas Tech University, Branam discovered his passion for blowing glass. In 2011 he had a solo exhibition at Vetri. In 2013 he received the People’s Choice Award at the Museum Of Glass-Tacoma Red Hot Auction. And most recently he received the Jon and Mary Shirley Scholarship in Glass from Pratt Fine Arts Center. Branam has taught at Pilchuck Glass School, and Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pratt Fine Arts Center, Urban Glass, The Appalacian Center for Craft. He currently lives in Seattle and can be found working at the Museum of Glass-Tacoma with the hotshop team.