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Sandwich Glass Museum Featured Artist 2019: McDermott Glass Studio 

For over 18 years master glassblowers David McDermott and his wife Yukimi Matsumoto and their team have been producing  magnificent glass that has been displayed in hundreds of galleries across the country,  as well as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Sandwich Glass Museum..

The tight-knit team, that also includes Isabel Green and Peter Waechter, produces distinctive glass in a collaborative and synchronized way.  Born in McDermott’s style is the disciplined “Scottish glassblowing technique” learned at a young age by master glassblower Robert Mason.  Watching the studio at work it is clear that, thanks to a thorough understanding of the rudimentary skills of glassblowing, each piece will likely meet the standards of the team.

As noted by Cape Cod Life “each artist has a particular strength. McDermott does form. Matsumoto is a master of color. Green creates sculptural work. The studio’s production includes functional stemware, decorative vases and sculptural pieces. Swirls of surprising (and often clashing) colors and a mix of transparent and opaque glass are signature elements of a McDermott piece, which transforms dramatically when illuminated.”

The McDermott Glass Studio has long been associated with the Museum. They have been pivotal in the growth of the Museum serving as technical advisors, board members and vendors in the Museum’s famed gift shop.  We are delighted to welcome them back to our Contemporary Gallery and look forward to seeing what new glass the 2019 season brings.