Percy Echols II

Pittsburgh Glass Center continues to support artists by recognizing a new artist each month. In October we welcome Percy Echols II.

Percy Echols II grew up in Bloomington, Il, and like most, his interested in art started with drawing. During his first year in his undergraduate career at Illinois State University, his initial pursuit in art was in graphic design, which is surprisingly the only art course he took prior to college. It wasn’t until a close friend,  and fellow BFA graduate, Shannon Slaight-Brown, asked him to take a glassblowing class with her, that he had any idea that ISU had the program.

Since his first class, he was hooked. Glass took on a whole new meaning, it became family. Percy learned and worked with many different people since then, visiting places like Ox-Bow School of Art in Saugatuck, MI  to Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle, WA. Many of those people have been influential in the application and use of materials in his artwork.

One of the most influential and impactful moments in his academic career was a trip he organized with the ISU Glass Club which later became the Gather Glass Club. They visited various studios including: Fire Nation Glass Studio, Toledo Museum of Glass, Pittsburgh Glass Center, and Corning Museum of Glass.  

More recently, he worked as a studio technical apprentice at Pittsburgh Glass Center. Currently, he is an independent contractor for classes, demonstrations, and events at PGC and is developing a new position as a neon lab technician.

He just launched "Taming Lightning," an educational blog and podcast that features interviews, discussions, and collaborations with artists, makers, and researchers about the art, science, and history of plasma and neon light. Check It Out

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