Robbie Maclay was born in Washington, D.C. in the summer of 1988. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Virginia Commonwealth School of the Arts in the Department of Craft and Material Studies, with a focus on woodworking and glassblowing. Robbie has attended workshops at the Corning Museum of Glass, Pilchuck, and Glen Echo Glassworks where he studied under Bill Gudenrath, Ben Edols, and Boyd Sugik, respectively.
"Creating is a means of therapy for myself. I used to self medicate with drugs, but once I got sober I found art to be a much more effective way to take care of my body and soul. Patterns fascinate me, they tickle my brain in a way that nothing else can. Whether it is a visual pattern, a physical one, or even a pattern of behavior, I am intrigued by it.
The repetition of a pattern allows me to get lost in my work while creating. I often produce my most successful pieces while lost. Overthinking tends to lead to indecision and mistakes for me; sticking to a pattern drives my work towards a coherent destination."