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First Friday Santa Cruz

Artist Profile

Artist Profile

Chris Johnson

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Whether I am making a conceptual sculpture or a simple drinking glass, my goal is to explore the range of color and beauty that glass offers as a medium. Though I trained for a career in digital arts, I have always been attracted to media that I could actually shape with my hands. In the mid-eighties I began exploring various studio arts and even took up metal smithing for a few years. In 1998 a friend introduced me to glassblowing, and over the years I felt more and more drawn to focus on glass exclusively. In 2006 I was able to open my first glass blowing studio, which was on the famous 17 Avenue creative corridor in the Live Oak Area. In 2018 I moved my shop to the historic Lundberg building in Davenport, where I take inspiration from the rich legacy of Jim, Steve, and Rebecca Lundberg.

I enjoy teaching and sharing my passion for glass with visitors to my studio, whether they are first time students or other glass artists. I feel immensely fortunate to be part of the community of artists and art lovers here in the Santa Cruz area.

I am hosting a First Friday event on March 3, 2023 at my Davenport studio, located at 131 Old Coast Road.
We'll have glass blowing demos throughout the evening, 4PM - 8PM.
I hope to see you then!