Thursday, February 5, 2015

Zach Puchowitz of OUCHKICK
exclusive interview with Dabs Magazine.

Zach Puchowitz first experienced glassmaking in 1998. He became addicted very quick and built his first lampworking studio in ‘99 as well as began studying glass at the Tyler School of Art. While avoiding learning anything useful, Zach was able to develop his understanding of the arts and glass as a material. He sharpened his hand skills in the flame-working and furnace glass studios while developing his creative process. After graduating in 2003 he spent a year in Burlington VT thawing ice as a resident artist at local glass shops. Needing more perspective, Zach traveled throughout Europe for 3 months while he grew out his beard and pondered life.

He then decided to return to his native Philadelphia, shave his face, and establish his own multi format glass shop. In 2007 he began transforming the space that would later become Ouchkick Studio. Since then, Zach has experimented with different avenues of the conventional glass artist. He has, returned to his alma mater to given slide lectures, he has been a teacher at local glass shops, he has been privileged to work with and be the teaching assistant for the late Venetian Maestro, ELio Quarisa. He has shown work in galleries in Philadelphia, NYC, LA, “SOFA” Chicago, as well as many other unconventional events and marketplaces. Eventually Zach has become immersed and well known in a subculture of taboo glass making. Currently Zach is making glass everyday and loving it.

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