There are many types of beauty. Some are dazzling and easy. Some are less obvious or even difficult; they require us to move slowly or even change our frame of reference – to move away from what we know, towards what we might reject. Glass itself is often expected to be beautiful in an easy way. I am interested in cultivating the rougher aspects of its beauty because they more faithfully represent the types of beauty that I find most compelling. Such beauty is apprehended when what is broken becomes whole in a new way, when perfection is achieved via imperfection.


Ted Sawyer received his BA in art with a focus in ceramics from Lewis and Clark College. From 1992-1993, he was the artist-in-residence at the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, Oregon. In 1997, he joined Bullseye Glass Company, where he is the Director of Research and Education. Sawyer teaches and lectures internationally and directs the production of Bullseye’s online educational videos. His glass work has been featured multiple times in Corning’s New Glass Review and is exhibited at galleries and museums around the world.