Curtiss Brock

Curtiss  Brock


Curtiss Brock was born May 6, 1961 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He arrived at the Joe L. Evins Appalachian Center for Crafts in 1981 to study under David Huchthausen. For the next 10 years, he worked at the Center in about every capacity possible; from student, to maintenance man, to dish washer, to studio manager, and finally graduate assistant and faculty member. Once Curt became the head of the glass program, he radically changed the philosophy of the program. The emphasis now being that the core curriculum would focus on glass blowing and developing a strong foundation of glass blowing skills.  This as well as a clear understanding of the history of glass and its relationship to the current work being made in the studio glass movement.

His academic approach to his education was anything but a straight line. He studied glass at Goddard College, The Craft Center, Massachusetts College of Art and The California College of Arts and Crafts. Looking back on it, the biggest influences were those he acquired during the 9 year period he worked and taught at The Pilchuck Glass School. It was there that he met and worked with Dale Chihuly, Lino Tagliapietra, William Morris, Stanislav Libensky and Jaroslava Brychtova, Bertil Vallien and many other well established glass artists. This experience gave him a much broader understanding of glass from a world wide perspective. In 1994, 10 years after receiving his undergraduate degree, he took a leave of absence from the Craft Center to finish his Masters in Sculpture at the University of Illinois. Upon his return to the Craft Center as head of the glass program, he was convinced now more than ever that to have a strong undergraduate program, his students would need to have a solid foundation of technical skills both in hot and cold glass. “It is only then that the students can begin to express their artistic ideas successfully through this technically complex medium”. This is one of the things that so clearly separates his undergraduate program from many others in the country. He also felt that his program should begin to provide the students with some general information concerning the options available to them in order to earn a living as an artist/craftsman. Since 1996, Curt has also designed and produced a limited addition line of production work under the studio name CB Glass. He has exhibited this work in the top retail craft shows in the nation. This has enabled him to integrate the ideas, concerns, and considerations surrounding a small production company into his teaching curriculum. He knew that in order to do this well, he would have to teach from a first hand experience. While continuing to develop his glass program at the Craft Center, he has also more recently completely renovated an old 1929 two-room school house into his permanent residence where he lives. His most recent passion/obsession is trying to mold Shau Bau, a smooth coated collie he acquired from the local animal shelter, into what he hopes will be an obedience trained, championship show dog. It is obvious that from all of this, Curt Brock is deeply committed to teaching while at the same time continuing to push his own personal, artistic work. This combination gives the students access to a passionate and dynamic person, as well as a caring and patient teacher.


1984     Bachelor of Arts, Goddard College, Plainfield, VT

1985 – 1996      Studio Coordinator/Faculty Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle, WA

1991 – Present  Board of Directors New Orleans School of Glassworks, New Orleans, LA

2002     Luniverre Gallery, Paris, France
2001     Alergria Gallery, Biringham, AL
2000     Running Ridge Gallery, NM
1999     Nantucket Glass works, MA
1998     Hodgel Gallery, Sarasota, FL
1997     W.D.O.Gallery, Charlotte, NC
1996     Galleria San Nicolo, Venezia, Italy
1995     Glassworks, New Orleans, LA
1994     Gallery 105, Champaign, IL
1993     Contemporary Art Niki, Tokyo, Japan
1992     Glassworks, New Orleans, LA
1992     Yamaha, Glass Now ‘92, Tokyo, Japan
1991     William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA
1991     Charles Grant Gallery, Sun Valley, ID
1990     Zimmerman/Saturn Gallery, Nashville, TN
1990     Glass Gallery, Bethesda, MD
1989     Glass Gallery, Bethesda, MD
1989     Grohe Gallery, Boston, MA
1989     Glass Art Gallery, Toronto Canada
1988     University of Michigan, Dearborn, MI
1988     Habatat Galleries, Southfield, MI
1988     Glass Art Gallery, Toronto, Canada

American Craft Museum, New York, NY
Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL
Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, GA
Crystalex Factory Collection, Novibor, Czechoslovakia
Cincinnati Museum of Art Collection, Cincinnati, OH
Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, TN
Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA
Corning Museum, Corning, NY
Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, MI
Koganezaki Glass Museum Shizuoka Japan
Muskegon Museum of Fine Art, Muskegon, MI
New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
St. Louis Museum of Art, St. Louis, MO
Musee de Art Decoratifs de la ville de Lausanne, Paris, France
Musee de Design et’d Arts Appliques/ Contemporains Lausanne, Paris, France
Shimonoseke Art Museum, Yamaguchi, Japan
Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama, Japan
Modern International Museum of Glass, Ebeltoft, Denmark
J. B. Speed Museum, Louisville, KY
Brooks Museum, Memphis, TN
Wustum Museum of Fine Art, Racine, WI
Gulf Coast Art Museum,Bellair, FL
Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga, TN
Evansville Museum of Art, Evansville, IN
Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL

1999     "Vessels" The International Exhibition of Glass Koganezaki Glass Museum, Japan Honorable Mention
1996     Gallery Mesa , Artists’ Using Language Most Cohesive Body of Work
1995     Magic City Art Connection, Presidents Award
1992     International Glass Symposium Invited Participant, Ukraine, Russia
1991     International Glass Symposium Invited Participant, Novibor, Czechoslovakia
1991     Countdown 2001 Best of Show 
1989     Southern Arts Federation N.E.A. Individual Arts Fellowship
1989     Tennessee Arts Commission Individual Arts Fellowship
1988     World Glass Now Shimonoseki Museum Prize
1988     Tennessee Arts League Katzman/Wertham Sculpture Prize
1987     Capitol Glass Competition Best of Show
1986     Feet of Glass First Prize
1986     Michigan Glass First Prize