Phirak Suon is a designer working in Seattle, WA. He has a background in art, architecture, and digital fabrication. His work explores the intersection between materials, digital and traditional handcraft. Suon was on the team that helped develop the Potterbot clay 3D printer and has extensive knowledge of the machine. He has worked as a technician and production specialist for Emerging Objects at UC Berkeley after receiving his MA in Architecture. He has also co-taught a class at Pilchuck Glass School in 2017, and will be teaching again during the summer session of 2018.
Brandyn Callahan is a glassmaker based in Seattle, WA, where he works for respected artists such as Dale Chihuly, Martin Blank, and Shelley Muzylowski-Allen. Callahan’s work in glass has also taken him around the world aboard luxury cruise ships as an employee of the Corning Museum of Glass. In addition to gaffing work for others, Callahan can often be found in his studio producing custom pieces for installations and designers, as well as developing his own work investigating the interaction of glass with other materials such as copper, leather, and ceramics.
Callahan and Suon met while attending the Pilchuck Glass School and have been collaborating with each other since. By combining their unique skill sets together the two have explored methods between and beyond traditional glassblowing techniques and 3D printing technology with the desire to change and modernize a 2,000 year old craft. The resulting work from this residency will be used to create a new set of vocabulary of different methods that one could pursue with 3D printing technology in the hot shop.