Ian Silvia


Ian began blowing glass in 1988 at The Massachusetts College of Art and Design. He holds a BFA in Illustration but found that the medium of glass was his true calling. After graduating, he found an apprenticeship at Thames Glass in Newport Rhode Island where here he worked as a production glass blower. He founded a studio in Sterling, MA with several friends in 1994 called Rustic Glass, and continued to evolve as an artist and began teaching classes. Over the next few years he worked with dozens of glass artists and in 1998 opened a studio at his home in Little Compton, Fried Glass Studios.

Ian has studied with notable glass artists such as Rick Allen and Shelly Musilowski-Allen and Karen Willenbrink-Johnson and worked on teams with Martin Blank, Laura Donefer and Bertil Vallien. During this time he created a line of glass products for the Cleveland Museum of Art. Ian continued to teach at his studio and creating one-of-a-kind commissions for clients as far away as Australia. In 2009 he closed Fried Glass Studios and began working at RHD-RI teaching art to individuals with developmental disabilities and continues to create glass art and teach at Gather Glass in Providence Rhode Island as well as pursuing his other passions, painting and welding.

One Union Station
Providence, RI 02903

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