David Russell is guest speaker for Monday’s meeting of the Lugoff Garden Club, to be held at Camden Floral Company, Goodale Avenue, Camden. The owners of Camden Floral, Rick and Tina Deonise will be host and hostess, respectively.
Russell is a glass artist and the owner of Russell Glassworks in Camden.
The meeting begins with a social time at 6:30 p.m. and Russell’s presentation at 7 p.m.
In 1996, seeking a career that utilized his hands and was not in the typical office setting, Russell found himself at the Penland School of Crafts in Penland, N.C. His studies first began in the iron forge and wood shop but quickly gravitated to the hot glass studio.
Russell attended the Pilchuck glass school in Stanwood, WA., where he studied with Czech glass master Petr Novotny. The time at Pilchick with Novotny, Ivan Kubela and Borek Sipek broadened his glass horizons and solidified his love for ancient European glass, its techniques and its heritage.
In 2000, he returned to the Penland school for studies with Tom Farbanish and Thurman Statom. In 2001, while attending a class at Penland taught by Katrina Hude, Russell was hired by Kenny Pieper which began while Mr. Pieper was still Director of the Penland glass program and went on to include the building of Pieper’s first personal studio in Burnsville N.C. In 2002 Russell began seasonal studies at the Corning Museum of Glass with Bill Gudenrath and later with Italian glass maestro Elio Quarisa. Russell would return several times over the next few years, as either a student or teaching assistant. In 2003, he became assistant to Joe Neilander of Neilander Glass in Spruce Pine N.C. and continued for the next two years while attending seasonal studies at Corning. In 2004 he was selected to be a teaching assistant for Penland’s 75th Anniversary.
In 2004 he moved to South Carolina and built his own hot glass studio, Russell Glassworks, in Camden.