In 1967 Donald Carlson embarked on a career that would turn his life around. Prior to working towards refining the ancient art of glassblowing, he had contemplated pursuing the field of marketing. Instead, he built a small studio at his home and took on the challenge of making glass. While his work is available in a multitude of colors, it is the color red that has captured his imagination.
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.
My work includes a variety of genres, based on vessel forms. Inspired by nature and ancient artifacts my sculpture is an exciting combination of the cast and blown glass techniques, reinterpreting a tradition of glass forming used by the Romans over three thousand years ago.
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.
Barry Entner produces wild free form sculptures that really occupy space. Working in the traditional handblown manner his works are rapidly formed with dynamic energy. Each piece is injected with vitality from this direct, immediate expression. These are pieces that beg to be approached from different viewpoints for they are all about movement in space.
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.
Cliff Goodman is a glass artist with over 30 years experience in creating fine glass sculptures which reflect the beauty of the natural world. Cliff’s work can be seen and purchased in fine galleries around the world.
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.
Robert Madvin’s primary inspiration derives from nature; his most prominent glass sculpture series called Pohacu, meaning “rock” or “stone”. Ancient Hawaiians would stack stones upon one another to create rock sculptures used as navigational instruments throughout the islands. Robert encountered some of these organic tools while hiking various trails in Hawaii and developed them into his glass stacked stone sculptures being shown at various art shows and galleries throughout the US and Canada.
“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, Robert Scavuzzo creates works which capture the fluid essence of glass to describe organic forms found in nature. Robert collaborated with Ian Gilula to begin New Day Glass in 1996 in the sculpture program at Alfred University. Their work is shown in galleries throughout the United States. Robert Scavuzzo strives to reinterpret his natural surroundings through glass. Inspired by aquatic and terrestrial shapes, colors, and personalities Robert produces unique interpretations of these qualities in handblown glass.
Glass artist Ron Starr takes a freestyle approach to his work, immersing himself in the wonderful characteristics of sand, color, and hot glass. What he achieves is a natural presence that creates the perfect surfaces for his distinctive glowing colors and designs.
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.