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As head of UrbanGlass—the largest public glass studio in the United States, and the only of its kind in New York City—Maylone has led the organization through the final stages of renovating its building in the heart of Fort Greene. Today UrbanGlass is home to a gallery, store, and over 300 artists and designers, working in everything from glassblowing to neon. Maylone supports artists who push the boundaries of what is possible in glass,...
Alan Iwamura wears purple-tinted shades when he's glassblowing, but the look has nothing to do with fashion. The lenses are made of didymium, Iwamura explains, which "removes the soda flare from the flame when I use a blow torch." We're sitting at a little table just outside the Brooklyn Glass studio in Gowanus, a 4,000-square-foot facility where Iwamura is the director of education. He adds jokingly, "They only recently started making these new stylish...

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