William Couig is a glass artist living in New York City. After receiving a BA in Literature and Writing from the Johns Hopkins University, Couig discovered glass while spending a year back packing around the world. Captivated by the various glass demonstrations he witnessed on his trip, Couig began blowing glass upon his return to the US in the 1997 at UrbanGlass in Brooklyn, NY. He continues to work as an editorial assistant for their publication, Glass Magazine. After learning basic glassblowing, Couig found a full-time position as a designer and gaffer at E-Glass Studio in Hoboken, NJ in the fall of 1997. He remained there, perfecting his skills, until 2001. Since then Couig has concentrated on his own body of work out of UrbanGlass. In recent years, his work has been included in the SOFA Chicago 2000 Exposition as well as the 2001 New York Biennial of Glass and most recently, his Logic Series of multiple component structures are represented at the SOFA New York 2002 Exposition. Additionally, Couig’s work can be seen in upcoming issues of Object, Vetro, and CRAFT magazines.
Critic Residency Essay by Robin Rice