Artist Talk with Duncan McClellan
Duncan McClellan's fascination with glass began at age five, when he visited a glass factory in West Virginia. Duncan never forgot the image of the glowing, molten mass being formed by an expert craftsman.
After successfully working in other mediums, he finally had the opportunity to learn to blow glass at a studio in Ybor City, Florida in 1987. Duncan continued to follow his passion, studying the creation of large form glass vessels with Fred Kahl and John Brekke, two instructors and artists working at the New York Experimental Glass Workshop. McClellan was also honored as the second American invited to study and work at the ARS Studio in Murano, Italy.
In 2009, McClellan purchased an abandoned warehouse in what is now the Warehouse Arts District of St. Petersburg. One of the area's founding members, McClellan became an anchor for the developing Warehouse Arts District project, promoting the concept of an arts community and its benefit to the city of St. Petersburg.
The Duncan McClellan Gallery is itself a work of art. McClellan has transformed a 7,800 square foot former fish and tomato packing plant into a beautiful, multi- functional space. A fellow artist etched his shower glass panels depicting the myth of Icarus and Duncan himself carved a functional bar out of stone. The old loading dock is now an outdoor space filled with tropical fruit trees: bananas, mango, pomegranates and more. This lush foliage nestles many multi media sculptures, creating a surprising eden.
In conjunction with works by over one hundred other internationally acclaimed artists, Duncan displays his own work, depicting emotions relating to family, personal growth and the spiritual connections between each of us as souls.
The Gallery complex also houses the St. Pete Hot Glass Workshop, a “state of the art” hot glass studio, and the DMG School Project, a 501(c)3 dedicated to arts education.
Through school programming, classes, demonstrations, lectures, and outreach using its Mobile Glass Furnace, the DMG School Project provides opportunities for the public to learn about and become engaged in the science and inspiration of studio glass.
The DMG School Project Mobile Glass Furnace provides outreach to area schools through on-site demonstrations and hands-on experiences at all grade levels. Such experiences have tremendous impact on children by strengthening critical thinking and problem solving skills, adding to their overall academic achievement and school success.
Gallery hours are Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm. Visit them online at www.dmglass.com.