A little about Scott
I started dabbling in blown glass in the mid-1990's. Unfortunately, my access to a studio was very limited up until 2006. That's when two friends (Vicki Gillespie and John Riepma) and I started up our own studio. That allowed me to blow a lot more, create new work, experiment with new ideas, improve my skills and have a whole lot of fun. I have since sold my interest in the studio to John but still create work there when I get a chance.

I grew up in a small farm town (Herscher) in Illinois. After going to school in suburban Chicago and spending a few years in Indianapolis, I moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan where I currently live with Gail, my wife of 36 years.

Galleries often ask artists for an "artist statement." Here's what I came up with:

scott at benchScott Haebich • Haebich Glass
Grand Rapids, Michigan

I enjoy working with molten glass because each day in the studio is an adventure. I always know where the journey will begin but I don't always know where it will take me.

Blowing and shaping hot glass is not unlike being a jazz musician. Sometimes, I follow the basic "chart" and create a piece that's nearly identical to one I created before. Other times, I'll start with a known progression but then start improvising. By altering the timing, getting into a groove, heating things up a little bit and adding various colors and dynamics, I might create a one-of-a-kind piece, never to be duplicated... or perhaps an utter failure that I can hopefully recognize as a learning experience.

My fascination with the way color and light interact prompted me to begin working in stained glass over 35 years ago. In the years since, I've owned and operated a teaching studio and supply shop, published an international periodical and pattern books for other glass artists, and designed many windows and lampshades.

scott at glory holeI still appreciate stained glass, but I now find the organic and unpredictable nature of molten glass much more compelling. While working in the studio, I can be nearly hypnotized by the meditative process of carefully keeping a bubble of fluid glass "on center" as it cools. A moment later, after reheating, I might be flailing away in a frantic battle to see who is in control — the glass or me. It's moments like these, and the fine line between them, that keep glassblowing exciting for me.

I hope you'll find my recent work engaging, intriguing or just plain fun.