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Seth Parks (born August 21, 1984 in Waterville, Maine) is an American glass artist. Parks' work is commissioned by designers, architects, buyers, and homeowners worldwide and is displayed in high-end homes, business and hospitality locations around the world including such places as the Black Ensemble Theater Company in Chicago, IL, Buddha Sky Garden in Delray Beach, FL, and the Beverly Hills home of Saudi royalty.
After graduating high school in Augusta, Maine in 2003, Parks found a local glass artist giving lessons and he took a class. It was during that single class that Parks discovered his intense passion for glass and knew that's what he wanted his career to be. He soon signed up for more classes at Snow Farm, a craft school, in western Massachusetts. After taking several classes he decided to set up his own studio in Whitefield, Maine in 2004. While beginning his own business in his studio, Parks furthered his glass education taking several courses throughout the United States. In 2004-2005, he studied at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass with some the best glassblowers in the world, including Italian glass maestros Elio Quarisa and Cesare Toffolo, William Gudenrath, and Jesse Kohle. He also studied with Jay Musler at Penland School of Crafts, and Sally Prach at Pilchuck Glass School.
Parks' work has always been inspired by nature. In the early days, Parks focused on making intricate wine goblets with sea creatures, flowers and animals. From there he went on to create vases, perfume bottles, and marbles, many of which had frogs, flowers, and sea life. These pieces were sold in galleries, online, and in catalogs across the United States. Soon Parks shifted his focus to a much larger scale. While art had always been Parks' main focus, he wanted to take his work a step further by combining art with functionality. A couple of years after moving his studio to the Los Angeles area, Parks began designing and creating hand blown glass chandeliers, pendants, wall sconces and sculptures. With chandelier names like Anemone and Bella Fiore, Parks has stayed true to his nature themes.
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