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An Evening with Duncan McClellan

  • 27 Oct 2021
  • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Duncan McClellan Gallery 2342 Emerson Ave S. St Petersburg, FL 33712
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Duncan will give a tour of the Gallery and Studio and discuss his history and process and will share the Gallery’s involvement in several community projects.

                

Born in Long Island, New York, Duncan McClellan grew up in Orlando.  At the age of 5, during a trip in the family station wagon to the 1964 New York World’s Fair, Duncan and his family visited the Blenko Glass Factory in Milton, West Virginia.  He was fascinated with what he saw during that visit. 


Duncan did not attempt glassblowing until the age of 30.   He held various jobs beginning at the age of 14 when he created a line of leather belts for Winter Park and Orlando boutiques.  He had dreams of opening a restaurant, so he enrolled in business classes at Hillsborough Community College and began working with clay as an elective. In addition, he also was a graphic designer, an advance man for a traveling circus, a maitre’d at a restaurant in Busch Gardens and part owner of a cosmetics company. 


During a business trip to New York he discovered a working glass studio and remembering his childhood enchantment with glass, he signed up for classes.  For several years he commuted between Ybor City and New York.  After a time, he left the cosmetics business and began supporting himself by selling his glass works at outdoor shows.  Eventually settling down in St. Petersburg’s Warehouse Arts District where he purchased a 7,800 square feet former tomato-packing plant on 24th Ave South. 


Duncan was one of the first tenants in the Warehouse Arts District and his facility features works by McClellan himself and another 60-some artists from around the country.  In addition to the gallery, there is a working studio, classrooms, and a mobile glass lab parked out back.  


Come and enjoy a wonderful evening with this important artist in the Warehouse Arts District.


Maximum Capacity: 20 people

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