For Anthony Corradetti, crafting with glass is magical.
For Anthony Corradetti, glassblowing is a spiritual experience. The 57-year-old owner of Corradetti Glassblowing Studio and Gallery in Baltimore’s Clipper Mill neighborhood has been perfecting the centuries-old art form for more than 30 years.
“It’s a beautiful process,” he says. “You watch glass being pulled out of a furnace and made into something you can take home. It’s very magical.”
Corradetti was first exposed to glassblowing while he was a student at the Tyler School of Fine Art at Temple University in Philadelphia, where he graduated in 1978. Afterward, he studied at various art schools across the country, including Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle and Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina.
In 1980, Corradetti moved to Baltimore. A year later, he started his own glassblowing studio — one of the first in the city.
About seven years ago, Corradetti opened his Clipper Mill studio and gallery where he crafts every piece by hand, including hand-painted glass vases that feature whimsical patterns and vibrant colors. One of these signature hand-painted vases earned him a spot in The White House Collection of American Crafts.
Corradetti also makes bowls, glasses, ornaments and jewelry. Prices range from $40 for a pair of earrings to $6,000 for a hand-painted vase. Custom pieces are available as well.
In the fall, the studio offers mini-workshops, where people (with professional assistance) can blow through the pipe and make a pumpkin or holiday ornament to take home. Glassblowing classes and private instruction are also available.
“People can walk off the street and see us blowing glass,” says Corradetti. “Not a lot of things are still made in the U.S. — that’s what makes this a cool community.”
Corradetti Glassblowing Studio and Gallery
2010 Clipper Park Road #119 | Baltimore | Corradetti.com | 410-243-2010