Hot Glass: Lampwork Demonstration with Don Parkinson

See the magic of forming hot glass to make beautiful and unique beads, marbles, and other simple forms, using a variety of techniques and colored glass which result in a wide range of results.    Instructor, Don Parkinson, will be demonstrating the techniques that will be used in his upcoming workshops this summer at the 1800 House.  Meet Don and see what all the fun is about.

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Bourne’s Don Parkinson is a glassblower, photographer and programmer whose art has been featured locally, regionally and nationally.  

A self-taught glassblower, his interest in the craft began through observation and experimentation, leading to an apprenticeship at Pairpoint Glass in Sagamore. There, he worked under master glassworkers Robbie Mason and David McDermott.  

Following a four-year stint at Pairpoint, Don moved to Key Largo in search of new adventures, working under the Florida sun as a kayak guide. Don eventually returned to the Cape where he rekindled his passion for shaping glass thanks to the Sandwich Glass Museum’s newly built glass studio. Don became the nonprofit’s first glassblower, leading demonstrations for museum visitors.  

Shortly after landing that job, Don started shooting sports as a freelance photographer for the Enterprise Newspapers. He parlayed his freelance work into a full-time gig, becoming a staff photographer before he assumed the dual duty of serving as the Enterprise’s photo editor and web developer. During his time at the Enterprise, Don won multiple New England Newspaper & Press Association (NENPA) awards for his photography which encompassed everything from sports to nature to funerals to parades to the people and events that contribute to making Cape Cod such a special place. His experience at the Enterprise allowed Don to sharpen his eye and hone his technical skills, all while telling a visual story to readers.  

In 2015, Don left the Enterprise so he could concentrate on glassblowing; his current focus is creating pieces that provide a personal connection between the artist and his customers..  

 Follow Don on Instagram at @capeglass and like his Facebook pages. 


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