Snic Barnes

Snic Barnes is a glass artist and mixed media pipe maker. His body of work is influenced by technology, the Industrial Revolution, and urban decay. In addition, Snic’s many years of studying survival techniques, awareness, and tracking in the wilderness created a palpable struggle between nature and the his hometown, Philadelphia, which has been a strong influence in his work.

Snic discovered glassblowing in 1997, at The Crefeld School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Two of his art teachers, Aaron Wiener and Greg Nangle, encouraged him to pursue glassblowing and lampworking. At the age of 17, he helped build a new glass studio and hot shop for the school. Snic attended The Appalachian Center for Crafts in Tennessee where he studied hot glass under Curtis Brock and he was introduced to Michael Glancy’s work of electroplated metal. This would be a major inspiration to his electroforming technique.

Snic Barnes has worked with glass and bronze casting with artist and former teacher, Greg Nangle at Outcast studios. He has worked and taught at Philadelphia Glassworks Studio, has taught lampworking at Lunar cycle in Japan, and has demonstrated at The Borosilicate Art Expo in Tokyo. Snic Barnes has been featured in Contemporary Lampworking Vol II, Smoked Vol I, and Smoked Vol II. Snic has shown his work in SOFA New York, SOFA Chicago, in solo shows at Easy Street Brooklyn, Silica Gallery, as well as group shows and events all over the country. Snic currently lives and works in Austin, Texas.

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