Amalgamware, a collaborative endeavor by Thomas Campbell and Nick Fruin, aims to honor the age old industrial processes that have driven the American steel and glass industries for decades. Steeped in the aesthetics of the industrial steel world and coupled with the elegance of hand blown glass, Amalgamware offers users a product deeply rooted in the history of functional craft and refined design.
Equipped with an eagerness to merge steel fabrication and glass blowing processes, Campbell and Fruin began experimenting with Amalgamware briefly during the 2018 winter residency program at Penland School of Craft. After years of discussion, experimentation, and refinement, Amalgamware emerged. Each piece of Amalgamware is hand blown by Fruin from a steel mold fabricated by Campbell.
Thomas Campbell is a studio artist in Spruce Pine, North Carolina. Nick Fruin is currently the Glass Studios Coordinator at the Penland School of Craft.