A Baltimore native, Tim McFadden, found his love for the art in 2001 while attending Salisbury University on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. He was introduced to glassblowing by his older brother, Marty, who found the glassblowing courses, offered at Salisbury University. His interest for the art grew quickly and was jumpstarted by attending a class on Venetian techniques with Bill Gudenrath at the Corning Museum of Glass in New York in winter 2002. In the Spring of 2005, he won first place and $5,000 through Salisbury University’s Annual Business Plan Competition to open a glassblowing studio and qualified for the Fortune Small Business Magazine Student Showdown Competition.
Tim McFadden’s business plan gave him a head start to put his plans into immediate action after graduation from Salisbury. By the fall of 2006, he had retrofit a custom glassblowing studio and gallery in an existing property in Baltimore, Maryland on Eastern Avenue. Tim McFadden began teaching local glassblowing courses, all the while refining his craft. The following summer he attended Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, WA where he took advantage of his time there to grow his skill set and work with glass artists from all over the country.
Nearly 7 years later, Tim McFadden has created a local hotspot for the Baltimore community. Local glassblowing events have been sure to draw a crowd and build a lively, creative atmosphere for glassblowers and onlookers alike. Today, you can find Tim in his glassblowing gallery with his wife, Rose and their two young boys. McFadden Art Glass truly is a family affair. In fact, if you attend one of their regular public events you will find Mom, Meg in the Gallery selling glass, Dad, Joe assisting in the studio and invariably one of Tim’s three other siblings or extended family there to support his success!