Hayden MacRae started his formal education in glassblowing when he attended his first workshop at the age of 13. Studying and practicing at studios in and around Calgary, Alberta, he credits internationally recognized artists such as Tyler Rock, Julia Reimer, the late Jim Norton, Barry Fairbairn and Ryan Fairweather with helping him develop and hone his skills.Today, Hayden MacRae works at Fascapple Glass, a studio that he co-founded. The facility’s technical capabilities and team support, free him to explore the interplay of colour, motion, texture and welcoming shapes. Some pieces are inspired by the sculptural landscape, clarity and colours of southern Utah, where he spent time in his younger years. Some draw on the dynamic use of colour in video games.Yet others, are the result of watching and absorbing the unfolding of the glass world over the last 20 years.
“Creating a blown glass piece is like living a life unto itself. You must be committed physically and mentally. The process can demand patience, present twists and turns, disappointments, and highs..”
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