Raves Buchli aka Katsu Sure was born in 1988 in Engadin, a beautiful
Valley located in the Swiss Alps. From a very young age Manu began to
show signs that would eventually lead him to becoming a full time glass
blower/artist. From creative drawings to monstrous Lego projects, from
small home arts'n'crafts to elaborate sand castles at the beach, friends
and family alike all knew Manu was destined to be an artist. These
early signs, coupled with Manu's sheer will and determination in
completing every task he sets before himself, along with his desire for a
cleaner, safer and overall "better" world...is quite simply, a recipe
first exposure to art culture was while growing up with his school friends from Zurich, where
he spent most of his formidable years. Close friends Schösche, Muski, Remy and Janek would introduce him to street Graffiti. Manu fell in love with it
and an artist was born! Missing times-past Manu can often be overheard
speaking about his days in Zurich. His love and admiration for the
people and their culture does not go unmentioned. "I really miss the
streets of Zurich, the Zurisee and Uetliberg people in particular" says
Buchli when asked about his days in Zurich.
a high-school graduate Manu decided to look into something a little
more secure in regards to his employment. He had always dreamed of being
famous, an actor or performer of sorts...even a musician. He always had
his finger on the entertainment pulse, so to speak. But for now he
would hone his artistic skills on the side for 3 years while he became
an apprentice with a local Insurance Broker. At this time Manu was
learning to draw and paint on canvas and seemingly overnight began
creating amazing eye-popping space-scapes of the Universe.
apprenticeship concluded and Manu had managed to save up some money. He
was ready to "take a shot" and hopped on a plane headed for Los
he would try, albeit in vain, to get his foot into the movie business
door. However while doing so and through an unexplainable series of
events, Manu found himself being introduced to people from the glass art
scene at the Goose Fire Gallery in Long Beach, California.
Art + Glass ??? Hmmmm, thought Buchli.
days, if not within minutes or hours, Manu was hooked. He would set out
to learn all he could in order to become a professional glass blower.
Finally, a medium he truly loved.
would then attend his first glass exhibitions; Zach Puchowitz “Sketch”
and Dellene Peralta “Elation Station”. Shortly after that he enrolled
himself into a professional glass blowing course. Amazed by the
versatility of this new medium and how endless the possibilities were,
Manu knew he had found his calling.
order to complete his Civil Service he then had to return to
Switzerland for a short period. Upon completion he returned to
California (Berkley this time) to enroll in glass blowing course at
Revere Glass. Learning many tricks of the trade from his instructors,
whom included the likes of Phil Siegel, Etai Rahmil, Andy Roth, Brady
Czekanski-Moir, Nick Scoliosis Slim, Sky and Chandler Ellis aka Purdy,
Manu then graduated from the Revere School of Glass in December 2012.
that his time in the United States was coming to a close and proud of
his accomplishments thus far, Manu decided he deserved a gift and went
out and purchased what he now claims as "the greatest purchase of my
entire life"... a GTT Mirage Torch for glass blowing. State of the art,
new, and powerful!
rolled around and Manu found himself back in Switzerland searching for a
place to live where he could also set up his glass shop. After a long
search he found a place in March and moved in as soon as possible. Some
minor alterations and a month later, the gas had arrived and the torch
Since then Manu Raves, aka Katsu Sure, has been tweaking and honing his skills. Slowly amassing his own collection for sale.
From Katsu Sure himself...
Interested in learning how to blow glass? Please contact me by phone or email.
give beginner glass blowing lessons and have a GTT Lynx torch ready for
new students! The Introduction class is 5 hours long and breaks down as
Introduction to the Studio layout, Tools, Glass, Gas, Flame Characteristics, along with Health and Safety Instructions - 1 hour
- I'll show some beginner techniques for marbles, pendants (turtles),
stringers, latticino, vessels/goblets/perfume bottles/pipes - 2 hours
Torch time - 2 hours
$250 per class and person. 2 students per class maximum.
Upon completion of my class you may be eligible to rent-my-torch or use the studio for $25/hr.
Intermediate Classes: Every Course is 2 Hour Classes and 2 Hours of
Studio Time - 250 CHF
Pipe Syllabus 1till 6 is each 10 Two Hour Classes and 20 Hours of Studio Time - 2’200
For all inquires send me an E-Mail. Thank you to all of my supporters and I am looking forward to meeting some new students.