Winslow was a force to be reckoned with, an enormously talented and visionary glass designer who brought modern design and a new aesthetic to American hand blown glass through his work with the Blenko Glass Company as its first resident designer. If you are not familiar with Winslow’s biography or his work, please do take a look at his history on this page of the Blenko Museum’s website:
On a personal note, from the many hours and days I have spent chatting with Winslow, visiting with him in his home, I can attest that he was a truly marvelous and charismatic person. My first impression was of an eccentric, intelligent and brusque person who would not mince words. But I quickly learned that there was much more than that. He was a complex man who I suggest can be seen as bridging a dramatic moment in our culture’s history and appropriately full of contradictions; gracious yet forthright, modest yet proud, social yet private, well rounded yet focused, and more oddly, a landlocked seafarer and a tremendously cultured man who chose to live out his life in a cultural speck of a town despite his great love for New York City, Haiti, and world travel.
May he rest in peace knowing that he had a great impact on our lives. The next time you look at a vase he designed in your collection, please think fondly of this man who has brought much beauty to this world and our lives.
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