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Paul Allen Counts
Paul Allen Counts is known for his extremely large and colorful Furled Murrini Vases. Paul attended Palomar Junior College and then went on to receive his Masters of Fine Arts Degree in Glass from Cal State Fullerton in 1985. Paul has studied glass with renowned glass artists Richard Marquis and Lino Tagliapietra at the Haystack school of Crafts, Maine. Counts has been a Glassblowing Instructor and Department Head at Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA. He has as also taught at the Nijima Glass Center, Japan and Palomar Community College, San Marcos, CA; and has had the honor as Teaching Assistant at Pilchuck Glass School under Fritz Dreisbach and Marvin Lipofsky. Paul's work has been shown in major galleries, museums, and juried exhibitions throughout the United States. Paul Allen Counts confesses, I have affection for art. I create with glass. This statement is proven by his massive dark vessels encased by beautiful details of colorful murrini and long pieces of twisted cane. These works are created using great strength, determination and skill. I work at my art for myself, I offer the fruits of my endeavors as a token of thanks for the life of an artist. My reward is the process of creation the finished pieces is important - but not as important as the creation of it. Education: BA Glass/Ceramics 1983, California State Fullerton University MA Glass 1985, California State Fullerton University Studied with Dick Marquis at Haystack School of Crafts summer workshop, 1990. Studied with Lino Taliapiatra at Haystack School of Crafts workshop, 1991 Production glassblower in various California glass studios form 1984 to 1985. Teaching Experience 1985-1991 1992 1988 1989 Current Glassblowing Instructor and Dept. Head, Orange Coast College Art Department, Costa Mesa, CA Summer workshop Palomar Community College, San Marcos, CA Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, Washington. Teaching Assistant, Instructors: Fritz Driesbach and Marvin Liposfsky. Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA. Teaching Assistant, Instructors: Clifford Rainey, Susan Stinsmulin-Amend, Amy Roberts, Pike Powers and Henry Halem. College Instructor of Freehand drawing and 2-Dimensional Design Studio-Artist ??? Glass Blowing.