David starting bending neon in 1977 at Alfred University. He starting teaching courses in neon 1981 when he opened his first neon company. While his initial experience was providing signs and design for landmarks such as Studio 54, he moved on to working on movies like Urban Cowboy and artists Keith Haring, James Turrelll and Dennis Oppenheim He later worked with artists such as Stephen Antonakos, Chryssa, Joseph Kosuth and Blair Thurman. David currently restores and maintains artwork from artists such as Nam Jun Pike, Mario Merz and Jason Rhodes. His love and interest in neon helped him start precision neon which specializes in neon lighting and art fabrication and Ablon Tech which supplies other neon lighting companies with materials. His work has been featured in Montclair Art Museum, Polk Public Museum and Thorpe Gallery.

neon student                                                                                                                                            In Brooklyn Glass’s one-day neon workshop, students will dive right in and practice basic neon tube bending techniques, and learn how to wire and hang neon units.

Intro to Neon: Eight Weeks

In Brooklyn Glass’s 8 week neon course students will learn various skills needed to work with neon glass including basic tube bending techniques, layout and design preparation, and post production work such as wiring, mounting, and hanging a neon artwork.

Students can expect to finish up to three small neon projects (both designed and bent by the student with assistance from instructors) by the end of the class.