Chad Holliday is a glass artist by trade and a globetrotter by chance. After receiving his master’s degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, he took up a residency at the Grand Crystal Museum in Taiwan. Then it was off to Seattle, Wash., to study under master Martin Blank and work as a studio technician for Dale Chihuly. Earlier this year, he researched glass techniques in the Czech Republic through the Fulbright Fellowship Program, finding particular inspiration in the area’s historical cathedrals and architecture.
Holliday is now living in Canyon,Texas, teaching glass and ceramics at West Texas A&M University and creating new work. His techniques vary; he’s willing to try “whatever it takes to accomplish the work,” although he does have a particular affinity for cold sculpting. Circular forms are an important part of Holliday’s current work. Representing the earth, the heavens, life and relationships, they are divided and reassembled to symbolize unity.
“Martin Blank reminded me of what beauty is about while we worked together,” says Holliday.“I am just trying to bring a little more beauty to the world.” His work, which ranges from $3,000 to $6,000, can be found at galleries nationwide, including Jane Sauer Gallery in Santa Fe, N.M., Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery in Pittsburgh, Pa., and Prism Contemporary Glass in Chicago, Ill.