Brad Smith was born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1984. At age 13, while attending Bucks Rock, music and performing arts camp in Connecticut he was introduced to glassblowing. After graduating high school, he attended Franklin Pierce College in Rindge New Hampshire to study music and glass and, after one semester, had switched to full time fine arts major. While there, Brad took several glassblowing classes, and worked for a year in the glass studio as a teaching assistant. He also took classes at the Corning Museum of Glass and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. After two years of college in New Hampshire, he left to take a position with professional glassblower Peter Greenwood back in Connecticut. Peter was building a new studio and needed a full time assistant. He spent his first 8 months of work renovating an old church in Riverton and installing a new glass studio and gallery. During this time he took classes at Pilchuck Glass School where he was awarded a Pilchuck Scholarship and again at the Corning Museum of Glass. After working for Peter Greenwood for two years as his studio and gallery assistant, Brad left to pursue school at the Appalachian Center for Crafts in Smithville, Tennessee. Currently, he is operating a studio out of Santa Fe, New Mexico.