American artist Robert Levin (1948– ) studied ceramics and sculpture as an undergraduate at Denison University in Ohio, earning his BFA in 1971. He discovered glass while taking a clay class at the Penland School of Craft and earned his MFA in glass from Southern Illinois University in 1974. Levin was an assistant to Fritz Dreisbach before returning to Penland to teach and work as an artist-in-residence from 1976 to 1980. Levin stayed in the Penland region, living and working near Burnsville, North Carolina. He is known for boldly colored blown-glass sculptures and vessels, as well as mixed-media works.
Robert Levin talks about Penland classes coming to visit his and other artists’ studios.02:03 Transcript
Robert Levin talks about the supportive environment of Penland through the residency program.01:40 Transcript
Robert Levin talks about women glassmakers in the Penland and Asheville area.0:47 Transcript
Robert Levin talks about his experiences at Penland and the school’s importance to studio glass.02:19 Transcript