Bandhu Scott Dunham

"I always wanted to be a mad scientist or an alchemist, and my extensive chemistry lab in my parents' basement led me to glassblowing by the age of fifteen. I find glass the perfect medium: its fluidity, malleability, and paradoxical nature bring out the mysterious parts of myself that I seek to explore and express through art. "



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Bandhu Scott Dunham

Bandhu Scott Dunham

Bandhu Scott Dunham Biography

Organic spherical forms comprise a signature body of work for international glass artist Bandhu Scott Dunham, who has been a pioneer in the field of lampworked glass since 1975. A classical embodiment of the original perfect form, spheres hold a fascination that awakens our sense of wholeness. Dunham's spheres bring that experience down to earth with intriguing, organic surface patterns that seem to reflect growth and change of living systems. For the artist, their peaceful appearance conceals a dynamic tension between perfection and reality, organic and geometric, surface and volume, interior and exterior.

Working with borosilicate glass rods in a gas-oxygen flame, Dunham fabricates his distinctive web-like patterns in small sections. These are given their curved contour using kiln techniques, and then painstakingly assembled into their final form with the torch flame. Frosted surface effects are achieved by careful sandblasting, acid etching and refiring of the surface. As Dunham describes the process, "Like some kind of cosmic egg, they seem to stir to their own life as I forge them, and in their completed state they convey an elegant repose."

Bandhu Scott Dunham Description

"I always wanted to be a mad scientist or an alchemist, and my extensive chemistry lab in my parents' basement led me to glassblowing by the age of fifteen. I find glass the perfect medium: its fluidity, malleability, and paradoxical nature bring out the mysterious parts of myself that I seek to explore and express through art. "

Bandhu Scott Dunham Resumé

BS, Princeton, New Jersey

 

Selected Exhibitions

 

2004       Summer Instructor Show (Pittsburgh Glass Center)
                Solo Show (Mountain Artists Gallery, Prescott, AZ)
                North American Glass 2004 (Guilford Handcraft Center, Guilford, CT)
                International Glassymposium Lauscha (Lauscha, Germany)

 

2003       Glass Weekend (Creative Glass Center of America, Millville, NJ)
                International Glass Collectors Exhibition (Global Art Venue, Seattle, WA)
                Solo Exhibition (Parada Gallery, Prescott, AZ)
2002       Magic of the Lamp (Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY)
                Goblet Invitational (Kittrell/Riffkind Gallery, Dallas, TX)
                Instructors Exhibition (Penland School Gallery, Penland, NC)

 

2001       Regions of the Flame II (Philabaum Gallery, Tucson, AZ)
                Passing the Torch (West End Gallery, Corning, NY)
                Instructors Exhibition (Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass)

 

2000       Niijima International Festival Exhibition (Tokyo)
                Recollection & Recognition (Sky Harbor Airport, Phoenix)
                Glass Art Association of Canada (Red Deer College)
                When It Melts, It Pours (Shemer Art Center, Phoenix)

 

1999       Solo Exhibition (Scherer Gallery, Sedona, AZ)
                Tip of the Iceberg (Florida Craftsmen Gallery, Tampa)
                Sculptural Glass (Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven, CT)
                Featured Artist (Kittrell/Riffkind Gallery, Dallas)
                Flame Shapes (Solo Exhibition) (RASberry's Art Glass, Yountville,CA)
                Glass Act (Prism Gallery, Detroit)
                21st Century Tour of Glass (Missouri State University Museum)
                Glass: Light Through Skin (Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia)

 

1998       Aperto Vetro (Centro Studio Vetro, Venice, Italy)
                Objects of the Spirit (Philabaum Gallery, Tucson, AZ)
                Solo Exhibition (Glass Canvas Gallery,Tampa, FL)
                Solo Exhibition (Margaret Berman/Linda Davis Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ)
                Lampworking '98 (Vetro Marmo Arte Gallery, Columbus, OH)
                North American Glass 1998 (Guilford Handcraft Center, Guilford, CT)
                Objects of the Spirit (Philabaum Gallery, Tucson, AZ)

 

1997       S.O.F.A. Chicago (with Vetro Marmo Arte Gallery)
                Glass (Scherer Gallery, Marlboro, NJ)
                Regions of the Flame (Philabaum Gallery, Tucson, AZ)
                Glass Act (Galeria Mesa, Mesa, AZ)
                Glass and Gas (Crafts Alliance, St. Louis, MO)
                From the Flame (Portia Gallery, Chicago, IL)
                Arizona's Touch of Glass (Sky Harbor Airport, Phoenix, AZ)

 

1996       A Year At Penland (Vitrum Gallerie, Asheville, NC)
                A Gathering of Glass (Sable V Gallery, Wimberly, TX)
                Goblet Invitational (Kittrell/Riffkind Art Glass, Dallas, TX)
                Desert Heat (Philabaum Contemporary Art Glass, Tucson, AZ)
                New Mexico Invitational Glass Art Show (Albuquerque, NM)
                Olympic Goblet Invitational (Vespermann Gallery, Atlanta, GA)

 

1995       Bare Essentials (Signature Gallery, Boston)
                Arizona Glass Invitational (Sedona Arts Center, Sedona, AZ)
                Architectonics (Philabaum Contemporary Art Glass, Tucson, AZ)
                Solo Exhibition (Vetro Marmo Arte Gallery, Columbus, OH)

 

1994       International Sculptural Glass Goblets (Owen Patrick Gallery, Philadelphia)
                Salute to the Heart (Bead Museum, Prescott, AZ)
                Goblet Invitational (Kittrell/Riffkind Gallery, Dallas, TX)
                Scents & nonScents '94 (Signature Fine Art, Boston, MA)

 

1993       Neon: Art of Glass and Light (Galerie Monica Borgward, Bremen, Germany)

 

1992       Everything But the Kitchen Sink (Arrowmont School, Gatlinburg, TN)
                Sea Fare (Signature Gallery, San Diego, CA)
                Progressive Art Forms of the 90's (Garland Gallery, Santa Fe, NM)
                Table Trappings (Galeria Mesa, Mesa, AZ)
                Contemporary Art GlassExhibition (Prescott Fine Arts Ass'n., Prescott, AZ)

 

1991       Culinary Arts (Del Mano Gallery, Pasadena, CA)
                No Coyotes Here (Gammage Memorial Auditorium, Tempe, AZ)
                Annual Guild Show (Sedona Arts Center, Sedona, AZ)
                It's Elemental, (Coconino Center for the Arts, Flagstaff, AZ)

 

1990       Liquid Sand: Exquisite Glass Goblets. (Tempe Arts Center, Tempe, AZ ).
1989       Arizona Glass Art Competition. (Yavapai College, Prescott, AZ).

 

1988       Fantasy Construct. (Pima Community College, Tucson, AZ).

 

1987       Neon: It's a Gas. (Tempe Arts Center, Tempe, AZ).
                Wyoming Glass Show. (Nicolaysen Art Museum, Casper, WY).
                Contemporary Southwestern Glass Artists. (Coconino Center for the Arts, Flagstaff, AZ and Galeria Mesa, Mesa, AZ).

 

1986       Pilchuck Faculty Show. (Traver/Sutton Gallery, Seattle, WA
                and The Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO).

 

1985       Seventh Annual Pilchuck Auction. (Seattle, WA).

 

1984       Culinary Arts. (del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA).
                Flameworks '84. (Eileen Kremen Gallery, Fullerton, CA).

 

1983       Fifth Annual Pilchuck Auction. (Seattle, WA).

 

1982       Dollhouse Invitational Retrospective. (Travelling satirical art exhibition).
                Pilchuck Student Goblet Show. (The Pilchuck School, Stanwood, WA).

 

1979       Princeton University Student Show. (Princeton University, Princeton, NJ).

 

Awards
2004       First Place, Flame-Off, Sonoran Art Institute
                Niche Award Finalist, Goblet and Lampworked Glass Categories
                Invited Artist, International Glass Symposium, Lauscha, Germany
2003       Creativity Award, Flame-Off, Sonoran Art Institute
2001       Best of Show, Arizona Designer Craftsmen
1999       Residency, The Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass
1997       Niche Award Finalist, Goblet and Glass Sculpture categories
1996       First Place, Scottsdale Arts Festival
1991       First Place, Sedona Arts Center
                First Place, Festival In the Pines, Flagstaff, AZ
                Best of Category, Coconino Center for the Arts
1989       Best of Show, Arizona Glass Competition.
1987       First Place, Sedona Arts Center Annual Guild Show
1986       Scholarship to attend the Pilchuck School.
1985       Teaching Assistantship, the Pilchuck School (Assistant to Ginny Ruffner).
1982       Nomination for Corning Purchase Prize to Pilchuck Students.
1981       United States Patent for satirical "Test Tube Baby."
1979       Work Selected to decorate New Jersey State Christmas Tree.

 

 

 

                Professional Experience

 

President, Northern Chapter, Arizona Designer Craftsmen
President and CEO, Salusa Glassworks, Inc.
Editor and Publisher, Attitude Problem Magazine

 

Teaching and Demonstration Engagements

 

Niijima Glass Art Center (Japan); Glass Art Accociation of Canada

 

Society of Glass Beadmakers

 

The Studio of Corning Museum of Glass

 

Penland School of Crafts

 

Glass Art Society

 

Antonius Glass Studio

 

Oak Creek Ranch School

 

Coconino Center for the Arts

 

Horizons/New England Crafts Program

 

Shemer Art Center

 

Aichi Educational University (Japan)

 

Timberwolf Studio

 

Inspiration Farm/Gossamer Glass Studio

 

Pittsburgh Glass Center

 

International Glass Symposium.

 

Glass Related Studies

 

2000       Advanced Lampworking. The Studio of Corning Museum of Glass (Under Césare Toffolo)

 

1987       Neon Fabrication. The Pilchuck School (under Fred Tschida)

 

1986       Neon Fabrication. The Pilchuck School (under Fred Tschida.

 

1984       Lampworking. The Pilchuck School (under Ginny Ruffner)

 

1983       Lampworking. The Pilchuck School (under Pavel Molnar)

 

                Offhand Glassblowing. Yavapai College (Prescott, AZ).

 

1982       Offhand Glassblowing. The Pilchuck School (under Dan Dailey)
                Offhand Glassblowing. Yavapai College (Prescott, AZ)

 

1981       Offhand Glassblowing. The Pilchuck School (under Dan Dailey).

 

1980       Offhand Glassblowing. The New York Experimental Glass Workshop.

 

1977 – 1979         Lampworking. Princeton University (under Chemistry Department Glassblower).

 

1975       Began Self-instruction in Lampwork.

 

Collections

 

The Corning Museum of Glass

 

Lampwork Museum, Austin, TX

 

Enigma Restaurant; Athanor, Inc.

 

Niijima Glass Art Center, Niijima, Japan

 

Sphere Museum, Tokyo, Japan

 

          Publications
Writings by Bandhu:
Contemporary Lampworking: A Practical Guide to Shaping Glass in the Flame
(First through third Editions)
Formed of Fire: Selections in Contemporary Lampworked Glass
"Lampworked Goblets", Vetro Magazine
"Shane Fero, Torchbearer of Dreams" Vetro Magazine
Editor, Attitude Problem Magazine.

 

Additional Media:
"The New Craft," Desert Living Magazine, May/June 2004
Design! by Steven Aimone, 2004, Lark Books
Two-part Interview, Neues Glas Magazine, Spring and Summer, 2004
The Flow Magazine, Fall 2003
Glass Talk Radio, 2002, 2003
"Carrying the Torch" Phoenix Home & Garden, Oct 2001
Niijima International Glass Art Festival Video Documentary
"Museum Begins Series With Visit From Lampworker" The Leader
The Glass Art Society 1998 Journal
"Glorious Goblets" American Style, Fall 1998
Vetro Magazine, June 1998
This Side Up! Magazine, Spring, 1998
The Glass Art Society 1997 Journal
Princeton Alumni Weekly, Dec 3, 1997
"A Glass Act In Fine Sculpture" St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Feb 13, 1997
The Glass Art Society 1996 Journal
"Lampwork Overview" Glass Art Magazine Sept./Oct. 1995
"Lampworking Outside of Europe", Neues Glass, Apr 1991
Phoenix New Times Magazine
Thrasher Magazine
Glass Line Magazine
Glass Craftsman Magazine

 

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