Name: Scott Saed
Hometown: Lawrenceville, Georgia
Astrological Sign: Gemini
Favorite Color: Rainbow
Life Motto: “You Only Live Once”
As a young adult, did you consider yourself an artist? When did you first find yourself drawn to the creative aspect of the art world?
I saw myself as creative, however, I never saw myself taking it seriously. It wasn’t until I moved to Colorado to attend a community college that I got exposed to 3D art in the form of ceramics. I wasn’t very good at it, but my teacher encouraged my creative process.
What led you to glass? Did you have any mentors?
Mostly what led me to glass was my love for cannabis. More directly, I was, and still am, an avid collector of glass art. My mentors with in the glass community have been Eusheen, Banjo, Cowboy, and Darby. I’m sure there are many more but those pop off the top of my head quickly.
What was the first glass piece that you ever created?
Probably a pendant - some burned piece of shit that lies in a box in the back of my house.
What traits do you enjoy the most about this medium? And what traits do you dislike?
The thing I find most fascinating about glass is the ability for it to turn solid to liquid and back again in seconds. As far as what I dislike, perhaps the finite nature of the medium, being so brittle. And I think most of us in a perfect world would do away with kiln time.
How long did it take you to feel confident in your skills, abilities, and talent as a glass artist?
I think part of the reason my glass evolves so much over short periods of time is because I’m never really comfortable with my skill level. I suppose I do feel more confident in rudimentary glassblowing skills now than I did when I started 3 years ago, but I am ALWAYS learning and gaining competency.
What other artistic movements, styles, or periods inspire you?
I am totally inspired by psychedelic art and graffiti art. I think they are bold art forms. I admire that the drive to create them often comes organically and can’t be stopped.
Are there any artists classical or contemporary that you particularly admire?
Definitely - Motzart, DaVinci, Alex Grey, Geiger, The Who, the list goes on and on.
Tell us about your creative process...where do your ideas come from?
Most of them are born organically, and most of them due to necessity. I typically think them over for a time in my head, possibly sketch a basic drawing, and then go for it on the torch.
What challenges or drawbacks have you found with being an artist in this field?
One of the biggest challenges I’ve had in glass art is continuing to push MYSELF when there was no one else there to push me.
What projects are you working on right now?
I have a few projects in the works at the moment. I’ve mostly been trying to work with local stores like The Mad Hatter Smokeshop and Illuzions Glass Gallery. They have both been huge supporters of myself, my glass, and the glass industry. I also just purchased a glass lathe, so I hope to expand my abilities in that arena.
What is your dream collaboration?
With myself involved: My old shopmates - Eusheen, Dosa, S4L, and me. For an ULTIMATE collab not involving myself: Cowboy, Banjo, Eusheen, Darby, Deppe, Mr. Gray, Carlson. BOOM.
Finally...what advice would you give to a young glass artist just starting out?
Work. Work hard. Don’t give up because your tired, hurt, or bummed. Nothing comes easy.