David Goldhagen's sculptural forms and massive handblown glass platters are distinguished by his unique style. His painterly approach to art glass marries bold colors to brilliant, clear crystal in a clean, modern style.
Using traditional glassblowing methods thousands of years old, David Goldhagen creates each piece individually, working with molten glass at temperatures in excess of 2000F. His pieces capture a palette that moves from subtle to bold by the incorporation of bits of colored glass made from various mixtures of metallic oxides and rare earth elements, such as silver, cobalt, gold, copper, dichroics and others. Each piece begins as a gathering of molten clear glass on the end of a five foot blowpipe. Colors are then meticulously layered and manipulated on the surface, creating intricate patterns and movement within the sculpture. The design is then encased in another layers of crystal. Each piece is then either mouth blown or hand sculpted.
His images are viewed as being organic, sensual, fluid and energetic. He draws his inspiration from his surroundings, and captures, on a platter, the glory of a sunrise over the placid lake, or the blooming of an iris, deep within a sculpture; the movement in each piece mirroring the graceful turn of a dancer...the luminous curves of a seashell...the exaltation of the human spirit.