Cherry Glass is a family-owned glassblowing business in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, also known as Minnesota. Scot Bennett, the star artist, recalls: “The day a spider came home in our bag of groceries was the beginning of our ‘Nature Line’ of pieces. He tells us that northern Minnesota doesn’t have many big, ugly spiders, because it’s just too cold.
After emptying a can of bug spray on the intruder and getting over the “gross factor,” the idea of incorporating the dead critter into his work presented itself. He decided to electroform it, which is commonly referred to as “dipping” an item in metal. It opened the creative mind of Cherry Glass.
“Now.” Scot says, “Anything organic is an opportunity to create art. The organics we use in our pipes include flowers, butterflies, snakes — just about anything that was once living or green.”
Short Minnesota summers mean that the family has only three months of summer to collect bugs. So they gather what insects we can and acquire the rest from collectors and friends who ship the prized pipe décor to them. “We also incorporate crystals, stones and Brazilian agate slabs in our work connecting everything together with different color patinas,” Scot explains.
Scot started blowing glass in 2002. Following a four-year apprenticeship, he founded Cherry Glass in 2006. Six years later, his mother Linda began collaborating with Scot electro-forming his pieces. Adding to the family affair, Scot’s wife Ryan is a Cherry Glass apprentice. He says proudly: “We’re proud to produce art that’s made in America.”