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Hayden MacRae



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“There’s always a second chance with glass”

 

That statement sums up my passion for working with glass. It’s a passion that emerged when I was a young boy. I experimented with putting pieces of glass in my family’s fire pit. It was always a surprise the next morning to see what emerged from the ashes.

The combination of elements—heat, glass and oxygen—attracts me today. It’s an organic way of working. A piece is always changing and what might appear at first as a mistake morphs into something else. Glass has a life of its own. I add my skill, my vision—blowing life into a piece.

 

Hayden's formal education in glassblowing started at age 13 when he began attending workshops and lessons at Firebrand Glass, under the leadership of Julia Reimer and Tyler Rock. For the past few years, he has been studying under Barry Fairbairn at Double-Struggle Glass Studio. He continues to learn the discipline and craftsmanship of glass, creating pieces for purpose, for beauty.

 

About Fascapple Glass


In the highlands of Scotland there’s a small village called Beauly, which sits about a half hour’s drive north of Inverness. The countryside is stunning and that’s where my Grandfather MacRae, known as Poppa Jock to my brother and me, grew up. He was born and raised on a croft (farm to us) known as Fascapple. Life was hard, but it was also filled with a sense of humour and community.

I’ve always believed it’s important to know your family’s history – know where you come from. This is my way of acknowledging the support and history on both sides of my family. Likewise, it’s my way of acknowledging the artists and master craftspeople of yesterday and today. Their history is essential to my future.

 

Incalmo Glass

"The technique of constructing an object, usually a vessel, by fusing two or more blown glass elements. The process, first practiced in the Islamic world in the Middle Ages, demands great precision because the edges of the adjoining elements must have precisely the same diameter.

 

Hayden has been creating incalmo glass pieces for the past year. Across the series there is a common theme and yet each one is unique.

 

Life Off-Balance: "I draw on the incalmo glass blowing technique to embrace those moments when the chaos and energy of the creative mind meets the precise rings of life's demands. Those moments can, at times and by choice, result in life lived a bit off-balance."

 

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