Corning, New York
Founded in 1979 in Corning’s historic Market Street district, Vitrix Hot Glass Studio is regarded among America’s prominent contemporary glass studios. Glass artist Thomas P. Kelly and business manager, Robert Kelly along with a few dedicated others, are committed to uncompromising quality and craftsmanship and the satisfaction of our customers.
When Tom went to work for Bob Rockwell, the world’s leading collector of Carder-Steuben glass, in 1982, he had no idea that glass would end up playing such a major role in his life. Under the guidance of Mr. Rockwell, Tom had the opportunity to handle and examine the work of Frederick Carder. After working for Mr. Rockwell for three years, Tom’s attention was drawn to the glass studios of Alex Brand and Thomas Buechner. After much persistence, he was offered part-time employment at both studios where he had the opportunity to learn from two distinctly different artists each having their own unique talents. Eventually, Tom found himself blowing glass full-time with Thomas Buechner III at Vitrix Hot Glass Studio. At Vitrix, visiting artists such as Lino Tagliapietra and Fritz Dreisbach educated and influenced him.
Over the next ten years, Tom’s glass working skills and aesthetic sensitivity continued to develop. When Buechner made the decision to leave and to grow in another direction, Tom was ready to take over ownership of Vitrix. Tom has been integrally involved in the production of works that have been published and exhibited internationally and can be found in fine stores and galleries across the US and in Canada, Europe, and Japan.