Pittsburgh Glass Center

HISTORY

The Penn + Fairmount collection offers glass tableware with a sleek, modern sensibility. The work is designed by Jason Forck, and handmade at the Pittsburgh Glass Center. The collection is available through the Pittsburgh Glass Center, a nonprofit school and studio with an exhibitions gallery and state-of-the-art glass equipment. The Pittsburgh Glass Center supports a thriving glass ecosystem of skilled people and innovative programming, and helps shape the region’s creative economy.

APPROACH

For the Penn + Fairmount collection, Jason Forck and his team designed several silhouettes in a variety of translucent, soft hues. Using traditional Venetian techniques, Cinch, Inflate, Orbit and Sway glassware showcase modern design and a mastery of glassblowing. The Inflate bowl is balanced and elegantly formed. Cinch’s carafe and cups are modern, crisp, and geometric. The Orbit line is tall and slender with a perfectly placed orbital grip. And, Sway flows with an easy and graceful rhythm. Together, these lines reflect the Pittsburgh Glass Center’s capacity to produce refined products for the marketplace.

FUTURE

The Pittsburgh Glass Center’s production line – designed and made by its skilled staff – pays homage to Pittsburgh’s glass legacy. Before steel, Pittsburgh’s fame derived from its glass heritage. For over a century, the region was the center of production and marketing for American-made glass. Today, the Pittsburgh Glass Center recasts this history through the introduction of the Penn + Fairmount collection.