Phirak Suon and Brandyn Callahan
Phirak Suon is a designer based in Seattle, WA. He has a background in art, architecture, and digital fabrication. His work explores the intersection between materials through digital and traditional handicrafts. After completing his BFA in ceramics at the University of Washington, he went on to earn his Masters in Architecture from UC Berkeley. Upon graduating, Phirak worked as a technician and production specialist for Emerging Objects under Ronald Rael at UC Berkeley before relocating to his hometown of Seattle. For the past 3 years, Phirak has co-taught classes at Pilchuck Glass School integrating traditional crafts with digital fabrication processes.
Brandyn Callahan is a glassmaker based in Seattle, WA who focuses on the interaction of glass with other materials such as ceramics, copper, and leather. With a desire to develop a broad understanding of the material, Brandyn continuously hones his diverse skill set by working with leading glass artists such as Martin Blank, Davide Salvadore, and Shelley Muzylowski-Allen. In addition to his work with others, Brandyn has traveled around the world as an employee of the Corning Museum of Glass and continues to travel as a demonstrating artist and lecturer. At home in the Pacific Northwest, Brandyn can often be found producing pieces for artists, designers, and architects.
Brandyn and Phirak met at the Pilchuck Glass School in 2016 and have been collaborating with each other since. Recently, the two were featured artists at the Corning Museum of Glass, guest artists at the University of Washington, and demonstrating artists/lecturers at the Global Pathways for Craft Forum in Mexico. By combining their unique skill sets the two continue to explore methods between and beyond traditional glassblowing techniques and 3D printing technology, with the desire to change and modernize a 2,000-year-old craft.