February 2 @ 9:30 am – October 30 @ 5:00 pm
David McDermott begins and ends most conversations with :”I’m the luckiest human on the
A Cape Cod native, McDermott may be lucky, but his success as an artist working with glass
Is hard won, following years of focused training.
David was raised in Sagamore and Sandwich, and declined a scholarship to the prestigious
Pratt Institute of New York, instead taking a job as an apprentice engraver at Pairpoint
Glassworks in Sandwich when he was eighteen years old. Like many before him, the lure of the
hot glass furnace drew him away from engraving and into the “hot shop”, where he and his art
flourished under the tutelage of lead Gaffer Robert Mason, originally from Scotland. He
continued working at Pairpoint, perfecting his skills for over thirteen years.
During a class at the Corning Museum of Glass, McDermott met the love of his life, glassblower
Yukimi Matsumoto, and together they built a studio which opened in 2001.
The successful studio is run by David and Yukimi, with the assistance of another Cape Cod
native and former student of McDermott’s, Isabel Green.
He feels that “Everything-my whole career, is fate, and almost too good to be true!”
In spite of the challenges of running a flourishing business and creating his art, McDermott still
finds time to teach his popular class “A Different Way” at the Corning Museum. The class is
always well attended, and in it David shares his personalized approach to glassblowing; an
approach that is different from the Italianate techniques currently favored by many
contemporary American glass artists.
“There’s nothing like the actual process of creating a piece” McDermott says when asked about
his love of working with glass. ”I wouldn’t trade all the pieces I have made if it meant I couldn’t
continue to turn the glass on the pipe every day.”
His advice for would be artists: “If you want to be happy for the rest of your life, blow glass!”
The Sandwich Glass Museum is pleased to present “McDermott Studio: 20th Anniversary
Exhibition” in its Contemporary Gallery, through October 31, 2022.