"My work explores the innate relationship between the nature of glass and the organic forms and colors of our environment. Mastering the material is understanding it, not controlling it."
Local artist Ed Branson has been making and selling glass since 1984. Located in Ashfield, Massachusettes, Ed and his team operate out of a renovated 80-year-old apple orchard barn. Ed produces both functional and sculptural glass objects. He combines nature's colors and forms with the limitless qualities of glass to make beautiful works of art. Ed divides his work into two categories: Transparent and Opaque. Some titles of the Transparent works are: Arbor Bowl, Shell Bowl, Calla Vases, Jack in the Pulpit Vases, Bulb Vases and River Vases. The title reflects the organic line quality and form of the individual piece. Ed's transparent work is available in gem tones such as ruby, violet, aqua and royal blue.
Ed's opaque glass takes on a different visual aesthetic. His choice of color is the marked difference. The selected pallet ranges from red through violet, depicting the entire color spectrum. Some pieces transition from red to yellow showing all hues in between. The interior hue of an opaque piece usually contrasts with the exterior hue, as seen in his Tropical Vases. Some of Ed's opaque vessels are enveloped with exterior accents, much like the Cloak Vase, which mirror forms and shapes found in nature.
Ed Branson's glass is represented by some of the most prestigious galleries and shows throughout the U.S. He has also received a number of honors such as the North American Glass 2002, a juried competition at Mill Gallery in Guilford, CT. The Don Muller Gallery has the honor of being one of the first galleries to show Ed Branson's work.
Questions about Ed Branson? Email or contact us at (413) 586-1119.