An artist, craftsperson, designer and businessperson, Eddie Bernard was born and raised in New Iberia, LA. In 1996 he earned a BFA from RIT and founded Wet Dog Glass, LLC, a small manufacturing firm specializing in art glass processing equipment for schools, universities, museums, private and public access studios, glass labs and factories around the world. Eddie has written numerous technical articles for GASNews and has taught equipment building workshops across the US.
He has instructed hot glass sculpting workshops at Ox-Bow School of Art, Pilchuck Glass School, Penland School of Craft; Glass Furnace, Istanbul, Turkey; and The Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass. He has lectured and demonstrated in Australia, Japan, Taiwan and Korea; and lectured and moderated panel discussions as numerous GAS Conferences. He has written, directed, and performed shows as a magician in glass studios at such notable venues as the GAS Conference at The Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA and as fundraising events in Los Angeles, CA and St. Louis, MO, raising over $25,000 for Disaster Relief on behalf of CERF+.
Eddie was a founding board member of the New Orleans Creative Glass Institute (NOGCI) and served on the Board of Directors of the Glass Art Society (GAS) from 2004-2011. He currently serves as Board Secretary of Central Park NC and as Board Chair of Craft Emergency Relief Fund Plus (CERF+). Eddie has served as Town Commissioner in Star, NC from December 2011 to present. What one gives to community, one does not lose.