Matthew Urban began his career in art at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia as an industrial design student. The design field was where his first inspirations for glass came from. Intrigued by the multitudes of designs produced in glass from Italy from 1920 to 1962. One semester he took an elective class in glassblowing that following summer he recieved a scholarship to the Corning Museum of Glass to study with Maestro Gianni Toso and decided to make glassmaking his life. He has been artist in resident , instructor and , Gaffer with Corning Museum of Glass. A staff member at Pilchuck Glass School, and has studied and worked around the world with numerous glass masters glass from Murano Italy. These interactions have had a profound on Matthew’s approach of glassmaking and appreciation for the history of glass. In 2007, Matthew completed his Masters Degree at Illinois State University in Sculpture, in 2010 he completed building his ultra low carbon footprint artist studio.
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