Red Fern Glass is the small hot glass studio of Ed Pennebaker. Ed makes Sculpture and Art Glass Lighting using traditional offhand glassblowing techniques. All the glass is made by Ed in his Ozark woodlands studio. Ed believes in working incessantly, cultivating concepts, discrimination and technique.
The studio is in the woods near Osage, Arkansas. It started as a pottery studio built by Newt Lale of Osage Clayworks. In 1990 Newt bought the old Stamps Historical Store, a three story native stone building built in 1901. Newt moved to downtown Osage. And Ed moved way out in the woods. Ed remodeled the studio and closed in the "kiln shed" for a hot glass shop.
Ed has built his own furnaces, glory holes and annealers and some tools used in glassmaking. For a number of years glass was melted from the raw materials even using Arkansas sand. But because of the dust, time and storage space factors involved in "batching" the glass he switched to melting most colors from Spruce Pine Batch. Spruce Pine Batch is a premixed batch formula to make clear glass. Ed adds colorants like cobalt, iron, copper, and nickel. Some colors are melted from "cullet", previously melted glass with the colorants already in the glass.
My attempts in making artwork have been to work with the glass to show its fluid qualities and its interaction with light. I derive much on my inspiration from the garden and the woods surrounding my home and studio.
I see my chandeliers and lighting belonging to a contemporary line of the "decorative arts" that developed from the arts and crafts movement where craftsmanship is of the utmost importance. Striving for the "perfect object" is the goal of the craftsman/designer and working directly with the materials at hand provides the greatest satisfaction for me.
Education: Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas-M.A., B.F.A.
Residence: In the woods near Osage, Arkansas
1985-present: Owner/Glassmaker at Red Fern Glass
1983-85: Employed by Hale Farm and Village, Bath, Ohio, glassworks assistant, produced replicas of early Midwestern glass c.1800-1850
1981-83: Introduced to glass by Chuck Watson, Liberal, Kansas
2009: Metal Casting, Hank Kaminsky, Art Experience, Fayetteville, Arkansas
2008: Metal Sculpture, Jim Wallace, Eureka Springs School of Art
2005: "Pewtersmithing" with William Derrevere, Eureka Springs School of Art
2004: "Bronze Casting" at Terra Studios, Fayetteville, Arkansas
2001: "Glass Casting" with Peter Keough, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
1995: "Marblemaking with Ro Purser" Appalachian Center for the Crafts
1982: "Summervail" with Sonja Blomdahl, Colorado Mountain College
1981: "Summervail" with Benjamin Moore, Colorado Mountain College
Public Commissions & Collections:
Grain Processing Corporation, Muscatine, Iowa
Cairo Restaurant and Lounge, Manhattan, New York
Stout Executive Search
University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma
Laman Library, North Little Rock, AR
St. Luke's Hospital, Kansas City, MO
University of Arkansas Medical Sciences, Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Little Rock, AR
Florida Southern College, Lakeland, Florida
Kansas State University, School of Leadership Studies, Manhattan, Kansas
Market Place Restaurant, Asheville, North Carolina
BKD, Springfield, Missouri
Eastern Shore Arts Center, Fairhope, Alabama
Doane College, Crete, Nebraska
University of Arkansas Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Arkansas
Statehouse Convention Center, Little Rock, Arkansas
Al Sanbok Restaurants, Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia
Radisson Aruba Resort & Casino, Aruba
"The Ozarks: The People, The Mountains, The Magic"
by George Oxford Miller 1996
"White House Collection of American Crafts"
by Michael Monroe 1995
"The Artful Home: A Source & Guide for Residential Art"
Guild Sourcebooks 2003
"Contemporary Marbles and Related Art Glass"
by Mark P. Block 2001
"Art and Artisans of the Ozarks, Vol. 2"
Arkansas Craft School
Eureka Springs School for the Arts