David Thai

Georgetown (Ontario), Canada

David Thai is a Chinese Canadian glass artist who emigrated from Vietnam in 1985.  He completed his business degree at Ryerson University and went on to pursue glassblowing at Sheridan College where he graduated from the Crafts and Design Glass Program in 2002.  Upon graduating, David was accepted as a full-time Resident of Harbourfront Centre in Toronto.  He was both a resident and an instructor of glassblowing.  During this time, he has exhibited his work across Canada and also in the United States.

After three years at Harbourfront Centre, David moved to the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga, Ontario.  Later, he co-founded the Kingston Glass Studio and Gallery in Kingston Ontario.  Currently, David is a co-founder and owner of Studio One Glass located in Georgetown, Ontario, where he creates his current glassworks.  Whether David is creating a blown glass vessel or a piece of glass sculpture, his focus is on both the creation of a timeless design with a contemporary style and a high level of technical skill.  He aims toward creating objects that beautify their surroundings.

Artist Statement – Glass is the medium that best reflects my innermost feelings. When approaching glass in its fluid state, I am deeply moved by the metamorphosis from a molten state to the solidified shape of my design.  As the Italian glass artist Livio Seguso said, glass is “a material that seems to be born out of the sea to live in the air shaped by fire; it fascinates and ignites the imagination.” – David Thai