Zachary Layhew is an artist that lives and works in Pittsburgh PA. He first worked with molten glass in the summer of 2007 in the Pittsburgh Glass Centers “Teen Boot Camp” class. He quickly fell in love with the process of glass blowing and continued taking high school classes through the glass center until his completion of high school in 2010. From 2010-2015 he had attended Community College of Allegheny County to obtain two associate degrees in Industrial Design and Art. During the five years he spent in college Zachary was working at the Pittsburgh Glass Center as a glass blowing instructor. Now out of college, Zachary continues working at the Pittsburgh Glass Center by teaching workshops, assisting professional artists, and creating art work of his own.
"In my art work, I use basic shapes to create eye catching and pleasing sculptural and functional pieces. My work focuses not only on form but also on my own life experiences. My sculpture work uses stylized everyday objects, and landscapes to invoke emotion. While I heavily rely on proportion, and space when making functional work. The reason that I find these objects and memories inspiring is due to the experience of being there, in the moment. The feeling of being at piece with the space around you. The moment where somehow all your senses are incorporated, and you become overwhelmed with the memories and feelings that the space brings to mind." - Zach Layhew