India’s first Glass Educator
In 1999, Reshmi Dey, an Economics and Mathematics graduate, turned her back to the corporate world to follow her heart. She found her calling in the creative glass industry. A novice to the world of glass, it was an uphill effort for Reshmi to absorb herself in this esoteric world, learn the art and then become a commercial success.
Her intense work with the generations-old business families of Firozabad, the “Glass Capital” of India, exposed her to the ground realities of the commercial aspects of the profession, as well as an understanding of the conveyor-belt processes, ingredients, mixes, stages of production and undying respect for the relationship between the worker and the furnace.
However, confronted with the lack of understanding of the material, knowledge of various techniques, limited skill, and lack of a professional approach within the industry, Reshmi embarked on a formal training in glass techniques and technology with a specialization in hot glass blowing at The International Glass Centre in Dudley, United Kingdom.
In 2017, Reshmi established India’s first public access glass art studio, along with the company Glass Sutra Studio Pvt. Ltd. in New Delhi. The studio and the brand is a result of her extensive insight and experience of over one decade in the creative glass industry. Defying the odds, in a primarily masculine industry, Reshmi was able to open India’s first glass art studio.