Hi, my name is Brad Pearson and I live in the wonderful city of Richmond, Virginia. It's a medium size city with a rich history and wonderful architecture. My home and studio are in a neighborhood that was built in the 1920’s.
I also attended school at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. VCU is one of the largest art schools on the east coast. When I first started there I was planning to be a furniture designer. I took glassblowing on a whim, and the rest is history. Once I held the molten glass, there was no turning back. From there on I took every glass class I could get into. In my senior year I completed 11 credits in the glass shop. After graduating I worked for Hershey’s Ice cream in the freezer and as a truck driver . If you want to talk about extremes, how about going from a 100 degree studio to a freezer that was 20 below zero. Saving every penny I could, I bought my first studio and set it up in my very understanding parent’s garage.
I later moved the studio to a large warehouse in the city. I shared the space with a blacksmith and a furniture maker where we worked for about 7 years in our respective fields. The wonderful thing about the arrangement in this studio was the sharing of ideas and inspiration that came from working closely together. Throughout this time my glass work began to get smaller and more intricate in its designs. The movement towards beads was a natural progression for my interests. When my daughter was born, I sold the glassblowing studio and built a flame-working studio in the garage at my home. Later we moved to a larger home, and the studio was moved to the basement where it now stands.
During this time I also worked part time in a wonderful father and son scientific glass shop (Research Glass). . Brian and John Bivins taught me the ins and outs of working with Pyrex tubing on a glassblowing lathe. Working within the constraints of technical glassblowing really influenced the direction of my work for 8 years. I got to practice achieving the precision that you see in my work today
Hopefully I have proved that small works of art are not insignificant. I treat each and every bead as a miniature sculptural work.
now enjoy the best of two worlds. I get to be a full time artist, working
on pieces that still get me excited, and in addition, I get to be the
stay at home parent for my two children. So if you drive by at 1:00
AM and the lights are on in the basement, that would be me making beads...