As the son of a potter in Northern California, Granite’s hands were covered in clay long before discovering glass. He graduated with a degree in Interdisciplinary Computing in the Arts from the University of California, San Diego, where he was first introduced to glass. The draw to the material and process was immediate. Growing up in a household full of handmade objects fostered a lifelong connection to the subtleties of function and form through the scrutiny of everyday use. It continues to influence his practice as a glassmaker. His glass sculptures are minimalist and inventive, with strong features and playful shapes that are often reminiscent of ceramics. He also makes goblets and glasses, which are classical in inspiration, but modern, too, in their restraint.
Granite lives and works in Seattle, where he assists a variety of artists in the hot shop, including Nancy Callan, Benjamin Moore, Ethan Stern, John Kiley, Janusz Wozniak, and James Mongrain. He maintains his studio at the 5416 Artist Collective in the Ballard neighborhood. Read more about Granite Calimpong in American Craft.