Name: Seth Parks Glass
Location: Los Angeles, California
Size: 2,100 square feet
Years in business: 10 years
I met Seth at this summer's Dwell on Design event and was completely entranced by his chandeliers. Then he told me that he has been making lighting for 10 years (he looked so young!) and that he is a glass blower. I was excited when he welcomed me into his studio to show me the glass blowing process.
After a handful of years learning how to blow glass, Seth knew that the next step was to have his own studio so he could start bringing in income. Setting up a glass blowing studio is really expensive, so he set up all the equipment himself and saved a ton of money. Now when something breaks, he knows how to fix it, since he put it all together to begin with.
Seth walked me through the process he uses to create each piece of glass for his chandeliers. He explained that he repeats the same steps with the exact same motions every time, almost like a dance. Since he is working with very hot glass, if at any point he stops moving, the glass will start dripping onto the ground, forcing him to start over. The glass starts off looking like ice cubes, and then expands and is stretched to make the final piece. The whole process of making one of the glass pieces shown takes Seth a total of 6 minutes.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Industrial modern.
Inspiration: Everything around me.
Favorite Element: My chandeliers, of course!
Biggest Challenge: My biggest challenge is keeping my space functional while making it unique and modern.
What Friends Say: They are pleasantly surprised. When most people think of a glass blowing studio, they envision a dark space filled with equipment. My studio is bright, and although it's filled with equipment there is some style too. With my work tables, for example, I carried the color and style from the office into my workspace.
Biggest Embarrassment: The bathroom — it needs a remodel.
Proudest DIY: Everything. Almost everything in my studio is DIY — my desk, my worktables and benches, and much of my equipment. I like using unconventional and salvaged materials.
Biggest Indulgence: My red Viper parked in the studio.
Best Advice: Design your workspace in a way that motivates you, and the time you spend there will be much more enjoyable. Your workspace is a reflection of you; the work is what is most important, but your workspace should make a good impression with customers. Gear your surroundings toward the people you are working with. Most of my customers are designers or design savvy, so there are elements of design in my studio.
Dream Sources: My creativity and my own two hands.
Resources of Note:
- Seth Parks Glass. The wall platters and sculptural pieces are things I currently make. A lot of the artwork in my office are pieces that I made before I started making lighting: vases, perfume bottles, goblets, etc.
(Images: Marcia Prentice)
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