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Glass blower, stained glass artist leads off Artsbridge season

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Artsbridge will open its Distinguished Artist Series this fall with a presentation at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, by glass blower and stained glass artist Dan Burstein, whose first career was as a horse-breeding manager.

Classes at Bucks County Community College in glass arts moved him from the stable to the studio. He continued his education and refined his skills under the tutelage of Muranese Maestros: Davide Salvadore, Janusz Pozniak and John Miller at Corning Museum of Glass.

Today, he works from his home and studio, New Hope Stained Glass, which was expanded in May to include hot glass, giving him the opportunity to experiment, and to realize his dream of sharing this magical medium with the public.

Join Artsbridge at the Prallsville Mills, 33 Risler St., Stockton, N.J., to hear the story of Burstein’s journey to becoming a glass artist, in “Glass Blowing and Stained Glass as My Second Career,” and to see his creations.

Burstein experiments with creating diverse sculptural and functional forms out of glass using intricate murrini – an Italian term for colored patterns or images made in a canes/long rods of glass, that are revealed when cut in cross-sections. This technique allows him to explore surface dimension and lends an organic feel to his pieces.

Burstein’s love of nature inspired two of his blown glass series: Landscape – where he has layered the colors of the earth and sky in organic, painterly composition; and Ocean Waves – where he has depicted the simultaneous calmness and turbulence of water’s movement.

Burstein is a member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, The Stained Glass Association of America and The Glass Association of America. Find him on his New Hope Stained Glass website.


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