Victor Chiarizia creates masterful works in glass by following his creative visions. Reflecting upon his life experiences, he creates from the soul. Chiarizia has forged a unique path in glass as a result of being proficient in both flameworking and blown glass techniques, an accomplishment that is quite rare. His direction in glass is distinct in that Chiarizia has created work in both genres individually, as well as combining the two techniques. His varied talents and expertise have allowed him to explore and discover innovative ways of creating art in glass.
Dale Chihuly, who was born in Tacoma, Washington in 1941, has become an internationally celebrated personality in contemporary art and design whose prominence in the field of contemporary studio glass is unmatched. He is a generous and charismatic individual with a forceful personality, who ceaselessly promotes himself and his material, glass, to audiences around the world.
Art critic Carol Rand-Hudson stated, “Neil Duman’s free-blown hollow-ware vases are 20’th century forms. Most are characterized by arabesques, a kind of drawing in space with molten glass that reminds one of the gestural brushwork of abstract expressionism.” Neil dedicates himself to the constant evolution and development of new ideas in his art forms. His art is widely recognized for its unique style and design. Neil’s art is exhibited in museums, such as the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, Virginia, as well as many major shows nationally.
Fields & Fields Blown Glass is a personal and professional marriage of two unique and accomplished glassblowers. By combining their talents, the dedicated couple creates a harmony of style and form. Their singular and successful enterprise is the result of merging two art glass studios into one.
Raimundas Lapsys was born in 1943 in Lithuania and later received formal arts education in Italy and Austria. After graduating from the Academy of Glass Arts in Tirol, Austria, Lapsys received additional visual arts training in studio photography. Having a life-long fascination with the interplay of color and light, photography was a natural growth in Lapsys’s artistic development.
Shaded by palm trees and cooled by ocean breezes, the glassblowing studio of Rina Fehrensen and Michael Maddy is situated in north county San Diego. There, in front of the 2000 degree furnaces they create their colorful artwork.
Suellen Parker, holder of a degree in art from Boston College and owner of Case Island Glass, LLC, creates her pieces by a process known as “glass fusing”. The process involves heating carefully sized pieces of glass with the same COE to high temperatures, causing the pieces to melt or “fuse” together. Each piece is hand made and fused, often involving several separate firings.
“We are influenced by forms and patterns in nature and by our travels including Bali, Java, Lombok, Indonesia; Cappadocia, Turkey; and, most recently, Costa Rica.” – Bruce Pizzichillo and Dari Gordon
In their sculptures, Dari Gordon and Bruce Pizzichillo use found objects and recycled materials. Bruce has a particular fondness for rusty metal. Their blown glass pieces, on the other hand, are made of “just” glass.
Glass artist James Wilbat studied water color and drawing as a youngster — as early as the 5th grade. He continued his love of the arts at Illinois State University where he received a B.S. in Fine Arts in 1977. Although he had majored in ceramics in undergraduate school, he encountered glass blowing in his senior year, and he knew he had to learn this unusual craft. In 1980 he completed a Master of Fine Art degree in Design from the University of Kansas.