Lester Jones is a noted raku artist. His sculptural work of men, women, and children is noted for capturing the human spirit of ordinary people.
Larry is an artist based in Northern Michigan. He creates the three dimensional work by making a wooden frame and structure and using painting processes to embellish the form. Larry’s work stems from his architectural education background and his love of the urban and natural environment. His work can be found in private and corporate collections around the country.
San Francisco, California
For two decades David’s creative energies primarily found an outlet in music, but a blowpipe and glass furnace have firmly replaced his guitar. A former corporate marketing professional, a glassblowing class in 2001 ignited such a passion in him that he transitioned his professional career from the software world to full-time glass artist.
David has studied at the prestigious Pilchuck Glass School, founded by Dale Chihuly and John & Anne Hauberg in Stanwood, Washington. In 2010, David was invited to Seto City, Japan as Artist in Residence, spending a month lecturing, demonstrating and making work through an award from the Seto City Art and Cultural Foundation. Early in his career, he learned through a wide range of talented local artists combined with a great deal of experimentation and visits with Afro Celotto, maestro and former assistant to Lino Tagliapietra in Murano, Italy. David has received awards for his work including an artistic merit scholarship for his studies at Pilchuck. His book David Patchen, Glass is in the permanent collection of the Rakow Library at the Corning Museum of Glass and the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Centro Studi del Vetro (Glass Study Center Library) in Venice, Italy. Yes, we do have a copy at the gallery. David Patchen Video
Cave Creek, Arizona
Carole’s glass tapestries are the result of a life-long rebellion against the dreaded “DO NOT TOUCH” rules regarding glass. She encourages the viewer to feel her woven glass.
Each of Carole’s tapestries begin with the cane (glass threads), cut and “woven” on the kiln shelf. More than 9,000 threads are required to complete one sculpture. The threads are heated slowly to near 1500˚ F in order to trigger “tack” melting of the glass. At this moment, the glass is briefly removed from the kiln, and hand manipulated into its final shape. The artist has no more than ten seconds to define the shape. After that, the glass begins to cool and returns to its breakable state.
The glass tapestry is ideal for those seeking a statement sculpture as well as collectors of fine art glass.
Wilbat’s glass is distinguished by his fusion of abstract design and playful use of color. By merging ancient glassblowing techniques with his modern eye for design, he creates glass that unites tradition and innovation. His color and composition are highly influenced by his love for Abstract Expressionist painting. Wilbat’s style has evolved over time, drawing upon his background in ceramics and experience in both drawing and painting. Wilbat had the opportunity to study under talented glassblowers, including Joel Myers, Dan Dailey, William Carlson, and Vernon Brejcha. While all of these masters influenced his development as an artist, Wilbat’s own style can be described as whimsical, yet functional.
As early as age ten, James Wilbat’s creativity was sparked when he began studying drawing and watercolor. His passion for art continued at Illinois State University, where he studied ceramics and received a Bachelor of Science in Fine Arts in 1977. While his focus during his undergraduate education was ceramics, he was introduced to glassblowing during his senior year. This discovery was the catalyst for Wilbat’s career; from this point on he was dedicated to learning about this challenging and unusual medium. In order to master this new craft, Wilbat studied at the University of Kansas, earning a Master of Fine Art degree in Design in 1980. Since graduating, Wilbat has continued to develop his personal style and manage his own glass business. Some of the highlights of his career are having his work in the Rockford Art Museum, winning awards at the Coconut Grove Arts Festival, and sitting on the jury of prestigious art shows.
Gathered Glass is a fun trio of Eli, Adam and Mike – Eli Lipman, Adam Goldberg and Mike Stevens.
Gathering is the first step. Whether on a pipe or in a ladle, Gathered’s team uses molten glass to create blown, hot sculpted, or cast glass pieces. Blending classic and new techniques, the team makes an effort to design art objects or installations that harken tradition while still being all-together new. Their goal is to take the inherent qualities of glass and use them to our advantage.
Welcome to the whimsical world of Kliszewski Glass, where color and texture combine to enhance your surroundings. For over fifteen years, Bob & Laurie Kliss have produced a line of glass art that strives to enrich the lives of art lovers everywhere. The artists take pleasure in each handmade item they produce and wish continued enjoyment to those who have welcomed their BOBtanicals into their art filled world.
Stowe, Vermont – Michael Timpol fine glassblower
Born in Philadelphia, PPennsylvania, Michael was first introduced to glass working during a high school stained glass course in Stowe, Vermont. He pursued a career in stained glass while attending Concordia University in Montreal designing and creating many residential commissions as well as several public installations. Frustrated with the limitations of the two dimensional process, he enrolled at Sheridan College School of Craft & Design in Mississauga, Ontario to learn the art of glassblowing.
Upon graduation in 1985, he was accepted for a residency at Harbourfront Craft Studios, one of Toronto’s most popular tourist destinations. Shortly after he left Harbourfront in 1989, he established his own company Hotglass Inc. in Mississauga, Ontario for which he designed and created a full line of blown glass products.
In 1995, Michael relocated to Stowe, Vermont and founded Little River Hotglass Studio. He currently designs and manufactures a diverse body of product in addition to overseeing the operations of the studio.
Youngblood Studio is the premier art production studio in Memphis and the surrounding areas. With a team of talented artists, they are at the forefront of a burgeoning municipal art program, designing and building large-scale public art, while also fabricating the work of other local artists. Youngblood Studio works closely with local hospitals to create and deliver quality art programs, custom signage, donor recognition opportunities, murals, sculptures, and elaborate, interactive patient environments. Private clients commission sculptures and murals to accent their homes and small businesses. Youngblood Studio also partners with local and regional artists on many projects in the spirit of collaboration and diversity to create a vibrant hub for local creatives.
T Clifton Art is the exclusive provider of their custom lighting design. Youngblood Studios partners with our glass artists to create a one-of-a-kind work of art for your lighting needs. Amanda Nalley of Youngblood Studios designed and creates the ornament stands for T Clifton Art clients.
Charleston, South Carolina
Flo grew up in San Antonio, Texas and studied art as a child at the local art museum. She won several awards throughout her youth, although she pursued the biological sciences in university, graduate school and her professional life. While maintaining a consulting practice, Flo continued her study of art in her free time, studying with nationally renowned artists at the Fredericksburg Artist School and Scottsdale Artists’ School. With the encouragement of teachers, family, and friends, she decided to pursue fine art full-time in 1998 and sold her practice.
As an oil painter, her work is in private collections across the nation as well as internationally. She is a founding member of Plein Air Austin and was accepted into Oil Painters of America and American Women Artists while being represented by Harris Gallery in Houston, TX, Galerie Kornye West in Ft. Worth, TX, and Shruptine Gallery in Chattanooga, TN. In 2006, Flo temporarily set aside her brushes, began working in glass as a way to describe imagery less literally than in her painting and quickly garnered national attention. She has been awarded residencies at Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, WA twice and at Northlands Creative Glass in Lyster, Scotland. The work resulting from the Pilchuck residency was part of a nationally touring museum show sponsored by Bullseye Glass Company called “Act 2: The Next Track.”
Her works in glass retain the fine art quality as wall pieces describing entrancing light-play and edgework much as her oil paintings do. Now, working in both mediums, she has moved, with her husband and dogs, to Charleston, SC to take advantage of its beautiful light, airy marsh vistas, ocean horizons, and historically significant communities. She is engaging in a fresh dialogue that is inspiring each work to push further in expressiveness. Flo is represented by galleries in Charleston SC, Seaside FL, Miramar FL.
Georgetown, Ontario, Canada
David Thai is a Chinese Canadian glass artist who emigrated from Vietnam in 1985. He completed his business degree at Ryerson University and went on to pursue glassblowing at Sheridan College where he graduated from the Crafts and Design Glass Program in 2002. Upon graduating, David was accepted as a full-time Resident of Harbourfront Centre in Toronto. He was both a resident and an instructor of glassblowing. During this time, he has exhibited his work across Canada and also in the United States.
After three years at Harbourfront Centre, David moved to the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. Later, he co-founded the Kingston Glass Studio and Gallery in Kingston Ontario. Currently, David is a co-founder and owner of Studio One Glass located in Georgetown, Ontario, where he creates his current glassworks. Whether David is creating a blown glass vessel or a piece of glass sculpture, his focus is on both the creation of a timeless design with a contemporary style and a high level of technical skill. He aims toward creating objects that beautify their surroundings.
Artist Statement – Glass is the medium that best reflects my innermost feelings. When approaching glass in its fluid state, I am deeply moved by the metamorphosis from a molten state to the solidified shape of my design. As the Italian glass artist Livio Seguso said, glass is “a material that seems to be born out of the sea to live in the air shaped by fire; it fascinates and ignites the imagination.” – David Thai
Seattle Glassblowing Studio was founded in 1991, by Cliff Goodman in the tradition of the studio glass movement. After beginning his career in glass in 1976, Cliff studied alongside glass master, Fritz Driesbach, and attended the famous Pilchuck School. Currently, his artwork is featured in collections around the world.
At Seattle Glassblowing Studio, it is our mission to provide an unforgettable glassblowing experience to all our visitors and deliver world class training to the next generation of glass artists.
David Royce began his glass blowing career in 2000 at the age of 15. He served as an apprentice for Tom Rine and Thomas Maras at Island Glass Studios in Minneapolis. He studied glass art at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls under Jim Engebretson for one year, but after a study abroad program in Taiwan he changed direction and earned a B.A. in child psychology with a minor in Chinese language and literature from the University of Minnesota in 2006.
While attending the U of M, Royce joined Foci: Minnesota Center for Glass Arts, as a studio manager and instructor. There, he re-discovered his passion for glass-making and has been a full-time independent glass artist since 2006. He served on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Center for Glass Arts while running his own studio in St. Paul, MN. In 2010 he built his own studio in Little Canada, MN where he works today. He has been a visiting professor at the U of WI, teaching beginning glassblowing, and has taught and provided mentorships at Foci.
He has been awarded Best in Show at the Uptown Art Fair in Minneapolis, MN (2010), has been featured in a public television series on MN artists, and has been included in an American Swedish Institute museum exhibit of American glass artists using Swedish techniques (2009). Most recently he has shown at SOFA Chicago (2012 – 2014) with an international gallery.
His commissions have included work for Target Corporation, Hitachi, as well as many private commissions for sculptural and one of a kind pieces for clients residences.
Buenos Aries, Argentina
“As a boy, I loved to build, assemble and disassemble my own toys. To invent and to transform them with whatever I had on hand gave me an immense pleasure. As time passed, I developed ability and a deep love for handwork. After having worked as a graphic designer, I met again this passion, very possibly caused by my little daughter. I believe This was the birth of ANIMADEROS.” – Flavio
Likable creatures that cheer your heart. ANIMADEROS is a world of characters, and of simple shapes that are very expressive, hand-made with noble materials. Recycled gold reforestation woods, iron nails and magnets are the basic ingredients of this expanding fauna that, of course, are eco-friendly.
Woodland Hills, California
Artist Fay Miller’s desire to create beautiful things with her own two hands motivated her to leave a graphic arts career to work with glass. Intrigued by the reflective sheen of glass, Miller’s work tends to be surface oriented, decorative and undisciplined. She delights in the random beauty of the glass shards and the joy and ritual they represent.
Her exhibits include Art of the Spirit, Craft Alliance Menorah Show, Boulder Arts and Craft Cooperative Judaica Show, Art of Our Time, Festival of Jewish Artisans, Orange County Museum of Art Craft Show, Awakenings VIII, Kremen Gallery Celebration and various other shows. The work is shown at galleries across the United States, England and Canada.
Miller has designed awards for Amnesty International, LA Weekly, The Lee Strasberg Institute, The City of West Hollywood, ACLU, The American Jewish Committee, The Shofar, The Klein Chaplaincy, United Jewish Fund, The Jewish Federation and other charitable and corporate organizations. Special commissions include dining tables, side tables, a glass wall for Temple Ner Tamid in Palos Verdes, CA and an eternal light for Temple Sinai in Rancho Mirage, CA.
She attended Moore College of Art, Queen’s College and Westchester School of Fine Arts.
Wakefield, Rhode Island
In 2003, Jennifer began working in a production studio and gallery in Colorado. She started blowing glass after hours and became a full-time glass blower in 2007. While she developed a fundamental knowledge of the material, she is primarily self-taught. Her work comes from a very pure place and is a product almost entirely of her imagination and experimentation in the studio.
A critical shift in her work occurred in 2014, when she began working on a technique of her own creation: larger scale sculpture made entirely of smaller blown bubbles that are either fused or joined hot. Though the work is still in its infancy, she feels that through her work she is exploring the concepts of the individual in society, the many that make up the whole, the fragility of the whole and its dependence on the strength of the individual. Jennifer also is fascinated by the way glass, like water, can reflect and often amplify ambient color, light and texture. Her vessel and sculptural forms explore glass’s natural fluidity, its tendency to form bubbles, and the way it, like water, both accepts and defies containment.
Craig started his journey in pottery at the age of 16, when he started experimenting with clay on an abandoned pottery wheel at his school. Self-taught, what developed was a lifelong passion with ceramics. He is known for testing the limits of clay, and adapting his studio and skills to push the medium both in size and with his glazes.
“I start each day with the same intent: To create the finest piece of ceramic art that I possibly can. What I am doing as a potter is creating a canvas for the crystalline glazes, to establish a synchronistic relationship where the glaze and the pot complement each other.” ~Craig McMillin
As glass artists, Rick and Janet Nicholson are primarily drawn to the flow of color and the emotions they evoke. From cool serene blends to exciting pops of color, the Nicholson’s glass offers unique works pulsing in vibrancy and variety. Viewers may find themselves swept up into an array of energetic blues straight from the Hawaiian beaches of Rick’s childhood or drawn to the calming golden wheat and deep greens of their own beloved foothills. Exploring color through glass is an inspiring journey that Rick and Janet continue to enjoy.
Following his university education, Rick Nicholson operated a pottery studio full time in southern California from 1974 to 1981. Janet left her photography job in 1979 to freelance and create designs on Rick’s clay forms. They were married the same year, and their artistic collaboration began. By 1982, they were called to concentrate on glass alone and settled on 9 acres in Auburn, California where they raised two daughters. Their daughter, Hannah, has become a creative force and skilled assistant as part of Nicholson Blown Glass.
Their work involves multiple piece wall and ceiling installations, awards, lighting and hot sculpting of the figure, birds and horses. Their current focus is on custom commissions for hotels, health care, offices and private residences internationally. Janet, a graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography, is once again pursuing her photography.
Alison received Bachelors Degrees in Art History and Interior Design from Marymount University. She was a commercial artist and Art Director before taking up glass full-time in 2007. She is on the faculty at the Washington Arts Glass School, and is a Torpedo Factory Resident Artist. She has studied with artists Steve Kline, Elizabeth Mears, Richard La Londe, and Tim Tate.
Alison has exhibited her work nationally, and her work has appeared in the USA Today, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, American Craft Magazine, Ornament Magazine, Alexandria Times, etc. She has curated numerous green art shows including America Recycles for the US Department of State. Alison has participated in the numerous fine craft shows including the Smithsonian Craft Show. She has been a speaker for the Smithsonian Presents Series, and a featured artist in the Phillips Art Collection Museum Shop. She was the Torpedo Factory Artist of the Year in 2010 and a 2014 NICHE Awards finalist.
Her Sea Cores are ideal for both home and commercial installations. Sea Cores Video
Last Opportunity. Alan and Brenda Newman have been full-time potters working from their studio since 1978. The Newmans retired in 2016. They are known for their functional porcelain which combines botanic elements with sculptural forms. Their original matt microcrystalline glazes make each piece beautifully unique. This award winning work is shown in galleries and museum shops around the country.
Alan began working in clay in 1968. He studied with Carl Paak and William Daly at the University of New Mexico, receiving his masters degree in 1978. Brenda is self taught in clay.
Pine Bluff, Arkansas
After receiving an art degree from Hendrix College in 1988, James discovered glassblowing. To further develop his artistry and skill, he studied glassblowing with the world-renowned artists in Murano, Italy and at Dale Chihuly’s Pilchuck Glass School near Seattle Washington. He returns to Pilchuck on a yearly basis to further hone his artistry with glass.
James has had numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States. Some of his honors include designing a Christmas tree ornament for the White House and a significant installation in Hong Kong. He has been featured in Southern Living Magazine and “At Home In Arkansas.”
“I use nature and everyday observations, experiences and emotions as my inspiration for my art glass,” offers James. His studio and hot shop are located in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.
Will Grant was born in New Jersey, but grew up in Palm Springs, California. He studied ceramics in high school and then furthered his education while attending College of the Desert in Palm Springs.
In 1990, Grant accepted an invitation to work in a small village in Taiwan where he was introduced to the art of making furniture out of acrylic and fell in love with the material. After spending two years in Taiwan, he became a partner of the company and decided to move the manufacturing back to Palm Springs.
In 2000, Grant opened his own acrylic furniture company in Sarasota, Florida. As he continued to make furniture, he soon discovered that he could take remnants of acrylic and create art forms in sculpture. These mini masterpieces caught the eye of some key executives from the commercial world. Grant started to create centerpieces for Walt Disney’s corporate parties and displays for various companies such as Burberry and David Yurman Jewelry. In 2005, Grant was introduced to Israeli artist, Yaacov Agam, and he was instantly inspired by the movement of his pieces.
Since then, Grant has primarily spent his time creating art sculpture forms. Grant’s artwork has been featured in many art galleries around the world. Recently, he started incorporating glass, metal and wood into his acrylic sculptures. He says, “I am constantly inspired by what is around me, and I rush to my studio every morning to see what new techniques I can discover. My imagination creates endless goals and challenges and the biggest reward is hearing, “I just love your work, I have never seen anything like it!”
Ft. Myers, Florida
Modern artist, Todd Andrew Babb, is a sculptor based in South Florida. Babb’s sculptural art process involves the personally developed use of innovative materials to allow for the distinctly expressive lines of his contemporary figurative pieces. Each uninhibited piece is an exploration into the evolution of humanity because of his desire for progression. Concentrating on line and form over detail and aesthetics, Babb’s elongated and oftentimes abstracted bodies portray this adaptation of the human spirit.
Babb was born just outside of Philadelphia into a family of artists, historians, and philosophers. Honing his skill at a young age, Babb pursued a career as a painter soon after serving in the United States Air Force. Following his first business, Creative Artistry, where he worked with top corporations such as Dupont Corian and Walt Disney Company, Babb pursued a more conceptual modernist sculpting career in an effort to express his philosophical interpretations of the human condition.
As a self-identified progressivist, Babb never attempts to change the principles of nature. On the contrary, his works harness the inevitable change of existence, which dematerializes chaotic change. In addition, he is one of the founders of the OPT (Open Positive Transference) art movement. Thus, Babb is dedicated to creating works of technical excellence and open-minded concepts that ultimately influence its spatial energy with the expectation of inspiring and generating a truly sanguine reality.
Babb’s paintings and sculpture can be found in private collections around the world including countries in Europe, Asia, and South America. His work has been exhibited with such artists as Robert Rauschenberg and HR Giger, participated in shows organized by top curators such as Curse Mackey and Anna Visnitskaya, and has been displayed both nationally and internationally in museums, galleries, and fine art shows. Babb has been showing publicly in group and solo exhibits since 2002.
Babb is represented by Alberto Linero Gallery, Miami Florida. The Alberto Linero Gallery represents emerging and established conceptual artists. Babb also is represented by T Clifton Art in Memphis, Tennessee, 530 Burns Gallery in Sarasota, Florida and Gallery Guichard in Chicago, Illinois.
Since 1982, glass has had a constant presence in Ed’s life. “Our relationship has been enhanced and explored with some of the world’s glass masters, but predominantly my knowledge of this magic material is built on day-to-day experience and practice in my studio. This path has led me to a fairly simple artistic approach; trust the glass, have fun, accept mistakes, study nature and search for beautiful forms and colors inherent in glass’ personality.” – Ed Branson
Ed’s studio is a converted 80+ year old apple barn. His work is found in the private collections, including: Ms. Anwar Sadat, Holyrood Palace, Scotland, Snoop Dogg, and Jordanian Airlines Corporate Headquarters.
Luis’ handmade iron and bead candle holders seek to convey playful and romantic designs. His desire is to offer collectors an unique piece while providing high-end quality. The base of the candle holder is sand cast iron. Stems are hammered and shaped inch by inch. His forged iron cup crowns the piece and awaits the glow of the candle. Bees wax candles are provided with each candle holder.