Heath glassblower hosting Open Studio & Sale

  • Heath glassblower Bob Dane will host an Open Studio & Sale at his Heath Brook Studio this month, selling everything from ornaments and drinking glasses to vases both simple and elaborate. Contributed photo

  • Heath glassblower Bob Dane will host an Open Studio & Sale at his Heath Brook Studio this month, selling everything from ornaments and drinking glasses to vases both simple and elaborate. Contributed photo/Douglas Mason

  • Heath glassblower Bob Dane will host an Open Studio & Sale at his Heath Brook Studio this month, selling everything from ornaments and drinking glasses to vases both simple and elaborate. Contributed photo/Douglas Mason

  • Heath glassblower Bob Dane will host an Open Studio & Sale at his Heath Brook Studio this month, selling everything from ornaments and drinking glasses to vases both simple and elaborate. Contributed photo

News Editor
Published: 12/2/2021 11:45:15 PM

HEATH — Having been a glassblower since 1973, Heath artist Bob Dane says glass creations are often perceived as unaffordable.

“Your average person can’t afford the $10,000 sculptures,” he said.

That’s a trend Dane bucks each year when he hosts an Open Studio & Sale at his Heath Brook Studio at 20 West Main St. The event is now celebrating its 39th year.

“I started doing these little open studios and sales just to have people come in and see what glassblowing is all about and have some glass that is affordable and within people’s reach,” said Dane, who moved to Heath with his wife, Jayne, in 1982.

This year’s Open Studio & Sale will be held Saturday, Dec. 4, and Sunday, Dec. 5, as well as Saturday, Dec. 11, and Sunday, Dec. 12. The studio is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, during which time shoppers can peruse a collection of items for sale — from drinking glasses starting at $15, to $20 ornaments, to simple or fancy vases — and witness glassblowing demonstrations by Dane and his team of assistants.

Some items, like a variety of vases and bowls, were made specially for the Open Studio & Sale, Dane said. There are also some seconds available, meaning imperfect pieces sold at a discount.

Dane, who has been blowing glass since 1973, has exhibited his sculptures and glassware in galleries and museums internationally. His work is in the permanent collections of numerous museums, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Corning Museum of Glass in New York. Dane describes his finished creations as functional, colorful, decorative work inspired by the Italian tradition, and said his love of glassblowing comes from it being “an engaging material” that keeps him “always adjusting.”

“It’s very exciting and stimulating,” Dane said of glassblowing. “You’re dealing with fire, you’re dealing with movement, you’re dealing with this material that goes from being the consistency of honey … and then all of a sudden it’s solid. … It demands your constant attention and there’s all these variables. You never know what’s going to happen.”

The Danes ran a gallery on Nantucket for 21 years, and former customers will often use the annual Open Studio & Sale in Heath as an opportunity to reconnect, Dane said. Other guests come from Connecticut, New York or Vermont, as well as more local visitors.

Dane noted that, to create a safe environment amid the COVID-19 pandemic, guests at the Open Studio & Sale are asked to wear masks and practice social distancing. He said the large studio is also well ventilated.

To learn more about Dane’s glassblowing work, visit robertdane.com.

Reach Shelby Ashline at 413-772-0261, ext. 270 or sashline@recorder.com.


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