American artist Gary Beecham (1955– ) earned a BA in art from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1978. He then moved to New York and worked for a year at the now-closed Milropa Studios in Queens, making art paperweights for Paul Seide and crafting blown air–trapped vessels for David Huchthausen. In 1979, Beecham accepted an offer to become studio assistant for his former professor and mentor Harvey Littleton in Spruce Pine, North Carolina. Beecham worked for Littleton until 1984, when he set up his own glass studio in Spruce Pine. His work is strongly influenced by the forms and techniques of ancient glassmakers from Greece, Egypt, and Mesopotamia.
Gary Beecham discusses making a group paperweight at the flameworking workshop.01:28 Transcript
Gary Beecham describes Paul Stankard’s paperweight-making process.00:44 Transcript
Glass artist Gary Beecham remembers the closure of the Conlon Glass Company.0:49 Transcript
Glass artist Gary Beecham discusses how he continues to learn about glass.0:28 Transcript
In a 1981 interview with Paul Hollister, Gary Beecham discusses his “quilt pattern” pieces, creating work at Lobmeyr and Penland, building ovens, and making his own glass.06:33 Transcript