Alex Gabriel Bernstein is a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology where he earned his MFA. He studied glassblowing with David Levi and Dimitri Mechealidis in 1998 – 99 at the Penland School of Crafts after having earned a BA from University of North Carolina.
Alex was department head of glass at the Worcester Center for Crafts in Worcester, MA. He has also taught at the Cleveland Institute of Art, RIT, The Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass, and the Penland School of Crafts. His work is held in many collections, including those of the Corning Museum of Glass, Glasmuseum Frauenau in Germany, the Burchfield-Penney Art Center, Buffalo, The Rochester Institute of Technology, the Mellon Financial Corporation, and the Wachovia Corporation.
“I feel as if I am an explorer. With each piece I make I prepare for a journey, I have a general idea where I want to go, but I never know where the path will lead me. Each piece I work on I set out in the hopes of discovering something new and exciting. As any explorer my journeys are filed with ups and downs, disappointments and breakthroughs, however with each piece I am sure to gain knowledge and insight which is the excitement that brings me to my studio every day.”