Dan McAfee

Dan McAfee is the owner of Mossy Glass Studio in Toledo, WA.  It’s nestled on a small farm in the beautiful foothills of Mt. St. Helens, where Dan and his wife raise their son on the farm.  He believes in a self-sustainable lifestyle.

After playing college baseball and having a career ending injury, Dan found an apprenticeship in glassblowing. He began lamp working in Bellingham, WA in 2005.  At the same time he also took a job making borosilicate colored glass for Precision Color Company. This eventually allowed him to start his own studio.  Once he started his own studio, he enrolled in more classes to continue learning the art form.  His glass art inspiration stems anywhere from fractal patterns to the beauty of nature.

Dan’s recent work has been making murine.  Murrine is an Italian term for colored patterns or images made in a glass cane.  Once the cane is annealed a cross-section can be cut like a loaf of bread that would then show the desired image in a chip of glass.  His recent murrine cane features owls.  He is able to show fine detail by using glass rods the size of a human hair.  He is really enjoying making pictures in glass.

He also has been working on a body of work that really highlights the relationship between light and glass.  Using gold and silver to fume clear glass and encasing the metals with more clear glass, Dan is able to highlight the beauty of raw metals suspended in glass.  This has really produced some beautiful fractal patterns featuring lots of shimmer and refractive properties.  

Dan has always enjoyed woodworking. Lately he has been upcycling wood remnants from a local mill that supplies wood for high end guitars. He is turning their scraps into beautiful marble stands to showcase his work.

You can contact Dan online at www.DanMcAfeeArt.com or through his etsy shop, Dan McAfee Etsy.

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Ocean Beaches Glassblowing & Gallery is owned and operated by Bob and Vicki Meyer.  Bob is the primary artist of the gallery.