A brand new competition series, the first of its kind, landed on Netflix on Friday, July 12th.

Blown Away sees glass artists go head-to-head in this unique and innovative reality series. And the show isn’t just about putting glassblowing on the map, as $60,000 are up for grabs and a highly sought after artists’ residency at the Corning Museum of Glass.

So just who are the artists taking part in this brand new series?

Read on to find out about each of the ten contestants.

Screenshot: Blown Away S1 titles – Netflix

Alexander Rosenberg

36-year-old Alexander is a college professor and visual artist based in Philidelphia.

He received a fine arts degree in glass from Rhode Island School of Design and then a Master of Science in Visual Studies from MIT. This prize-winning artist is definitely one to beat.

You can follow his work on Instagram @rosenbergalexander  and read more about him on his website.

Deborah Czeresko

Deborah is a New York based artist who has been working with glass since 1987.

She obtained a BA in psychology from Rutgers University and then attended graduate school in studio art at New Orleans’ Tulane University.

57-year-old Czeresko is a globally respected glass artist, who has been both an instructor and visting artist at many institutions around the world.

Check out her work on her website or her Instagram @dczeey.

Janusz Poźniak

53-year-old Janusz is a well-respected glassmaker.

He studied 3D design at West Surrey College Art and Design in Surrey and graduated in 1986.

After graduating with a BA he started working at The Glasshouse in Covent Garden under Christopher Williams and Annette Meech, who he had met whilst at college.

Follow Janusz on his Instagram here.

Edgar Valentine

Edgar is the youngest in the competition, aged just 22!

He is currently working at Tacoma Glass Blowing studio, producing his own work and instructing beginners.

You can check out his work on his Instagram profile @valentine.glass.

Benjamin Kikkert

45-year-old Benjamin is a graduate of Sheridan College’s craft and design programme.

He now works full time as a hot glass designer and is even the President of the Glass Art Association of Canada!

Check out Benjamin on Instagram @benjimeeni and his specific glass account @kikkerglass.

Annette Sheppard

37-year-old Annette currently works as a management consulant, but that might all change after she appears on the show.

She had previously worked as a professional glassblower for nearing 12 years!

Follow Annette on Instagram @netsy19 to see more of her work.

Momoko Schafer

Kristen Momoko Schafer – known as Momo – is a 24-year-old glass artist and instructor.

She is currently in her second year as Artist-in-Residence at New Street Glass Studio in Worcester, Massachusettes.

You can find out more about Momo on her website or by following her on Instagram @glassymomo.

Patrick Primeau

Patrick is a 44-year-old glass studio owner from Montreal, Canada.

His studio is called Atelier Welmo and is in Sainte-Julie, Quebec where he now resides.

Check out all of his work on his Instagram @patrickprimeau.

Leah Kudel

34-year-old Leah Kudel is a mixed media glass artist who has worked in a variety of studios as a resident across the world; from Canada to Indonesia, UAE to Italy!

Follow Leah on Instagram @suspended_studio to see more of her work.

Kevin Kiff

Kevin is one of the younger contestants, being just 23-years-old.

He is originally from Santa Cruz, California but has just graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

You can follow Kevin’s work on Insta @kiffmyglass.

 

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