about our studio
McDermott Glass Studio started their journey in 2002.
David McDermott and his wife Yukimi Matsumoto built
the studio in their backyard in Sandwich Ma.
David's skill in traditional Scottish glassblowing and Yukimi's impeccable design meet perfectly and they are creating beautiful pieces of art.
in 2006 Isabel Green joined the studio, and she developed a skill especially in sculpting creatures.
With Peter Waechter came to work with the studio, now they are a team of four. They work together with passion, precision and timing. The result is not only rewarding but also mesmerizing.
Being David's skills had trained by Scottish master Robert Mason, all of the studio members are proudly working with Scottish way of glassblowing and happy to keep this form of tradition last.
Our studio is open for public.
Glassblowing Wednesday-Friday 10am-5pm
Gallery open everyday except Monday 10am-5pm
meet the team
David's journey in glassblowing began in 1973 under the tutelage of Master Gaffer Robert Mason.
Learning in the tradition of countless generations of Scottish Masters.
David gained skills that compliment his natural artistic talent.
From the early basic steps to today's ability to create complex pieces, David has cherished the challenges glassblowing offers.
David and his wife Yukimi Matsumoto opened McDermott Glass Studio in Sandwich, MA. in September 2002.
David and Yukimi are also accomplished artists in many
other areas. Their resulting rich visual vocabulary allows these two to create glass from a unique and innovative perspective.
Commissioned pieces for:
Pope John Pau lI
Empress of Japan
Bank of Scotland
Ladies Professional Golf
Pieces on display at:
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Museum of Fine Arts,Boston
Corning Museum of Glass
Rhode Island school of
Mass College of Art
Haystack School of Crafts
Corning Museum of Glass
Yukimi Matsumoto was born in Osaka Japan in 1973.
She graduated from the Osaka School of Design in 1994 where she specialized in Production Design. Following a two-year apprenticeship at Suwa Glass Studio in Nagano, she began her professional career working at various studios throughout Japan.
Matsumoto describes her working relationship with her husband and their fellow artist, Isabel Green, Peter Waechter as symbiotic. “We are like a family. We have different levels of experience
And of taste in design but we always inspire each other and help each other in many ways. There is no way I could do what I do without them.”
Similarly, Matsumoto’s relationship with her craft requires a spirit of cooperation. “Glass moves while you are working with it, it is unusual material and difficult. More I work with
glass, I realized that you have to guide the glass, not to force it.” Matsumoto loves the feeling that she is working with the glass to bring something beautiful to surface out of an uninspired looking “blob of glass”.
Isabel Green is a third generation Cape Codder who found her passion for glass after attending a class at McDermott Glass Studio.
Since then, Isabel has become part of the production team at McDermott Glass Studio and appreciates the challenges of traditional glass blowing.
Isabel also works with a torch and glass rods, doing lamp work, refining the designs of her animal creations.
Isabel finds glass to be an ever-evolving medium in which she enjoys pushing her creative limits.
You can look forward to the innovated glass designs Isabel will come up with in the future!
Peter has a background in fine arts and majored in photography.
Upon leaving college he became the Art Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Cape Cod and held that position for 7 years.
During that time he began making chainmaille jewelry and accessories as a hobby which soon developed into a passion and business.
He joined the McDermott Glassblowing team in September of 2015 and was instantly hooked. The the beauty, the challenge, the teamwork and the endless possibilities combined to make him dedicated to learning this amazing trade.