Stuart Abelman attended Carnegie-Mellon University receiving his BFA in painting and sculpture. He received his Masters of Fine Arts in Glass at UCLA. As one of the pioneering leaders in the art glass movement in the 1960’s, Stuart helped bring recognition and appreciation to what was an all but lost art form. His studio was founded in 1977, is highly respected in the art glass world and prized by collectors.
Julie, an artist and a mother of two, graduated Brandeis University with a double major in Fine Art and Psychology. She has designed jewelry, painted furniture and paintings. Her current group of etched glass inspirational gifts (Magic Stones®) has evolved into a full time business. Ron, her business partner and husband, fills in the technical side of bringing her designs to fruition.
Magic Stones® were first created for their personal use. They wanted to focus on different aspects of their life that needed improvement, or areas where they wanted more fulfillment. In 1998, the Magic Stones® were featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show in a segment called “Remembering Your Spirit.” The segment included the use of Magic Stones® as a parenting tool, as encouragement to rise above fearful situations, and to draw to you events that you desire.
Their products are currently sold in galleries, gift shops, spas and resorts across the country. They make cherished, meaningful gifts.
Geoffrey Beetem is regarded by many as the master glass artist in the use of dichroic glass in contemporary handmade glass marbles. Beetem’s fascination with glass began in 1980 while he studied stained glass techniques, which involved painting and fusion in creating effects. It was through this exposure to the technical aspects of glass and color theory that led Beetem to enrolled in a hot glass course at Ohio University.
Beetem’s well known Stardust Marbles originated from his concept of cosmic debris trailing comet as the comet fly’s thousands of miles and hour through space. The trailing frozen crystalline objects he refers to as stardust. The dichroic effect is a perfect match in creating the effect.
Collectors acquiring the finest contemporary handmade glass from the studio glass movement will long seek after his work, exhibited in galleries throughout the world and many of the finest permanent collections and museum displays.
George Bucquet began casting hot glass at Penland School, North Carolina in 1984. During his seven years working there he became a resident artist. After completing his studies, George moved to Arcata, CA, where he has continued to develop new and innovative techniques for creating his original contemporary forms. George’s work is found in galleries around the world and in the private collections of Rupert Murdoch, Bill Gates, Irvine Borowsky, Noel and Janine Hilliard, Carol Burnett, Will and Jada Smith and Mark Peiser. His work can also be found in the permanent collections of the US Embassy, Ottawa, Canada, the Mussee des Arts Decoraiffs de la Ville de Laussanne, Switzerland, the Asheville Museum of Art, NC, the National Liberty Museum, Philadelphia, PA and the White House.
Becoming a Master Glass Blower requires years of dedicated practice, talent, creativity and stamina. John Cook has been blowing glass since he graduated with honors and received his B.F.A. from Brooks Institute of Fine Arts in 1972.
Beginning with raw materials like sand, soda ash, potash and metal oxides John creates vessels, wall sculptures, perfume bottles, glasses, ornaments, lamps and lighting fixtures all designed and made at his studio including the metal work for the light fixtures.
Mad Art Studios was begun on the back patio of a home shared by Michael Maddy and Rina Fehrensen. It has grown into a 2000 foot studio complex with a fully equipped hot shop for glass as well as a ceramics workshop.
Both Michael and Rina are California natives who feel that the San Diego area offers an ideal location for artists to explore new ideas.
Jody Fine, long recognized as a master of his craft, is accomplished in the classical Italian techniques of latticino, murrini, and millifiori, Fine uses these ancient methods to create contemporary “off-hand” blown pieces.
Following studies at New York’s Bard College, the University of California at San Diego, Jody received a National Endowment for the Arts master-apprenticeship grant to study glassblowing under Maestro William Bernstein. After completing his apprenticeship in the 1970’s, Jody formed a partnership with Dick Marquis and Jack Wax in Berkeley, California. He established his own studio, J. Fine Glass, in 1980.
Jody has conducted workshops and seminars at major universities and design schools throughout the country and internationally. His pieces reside in numerous private and public collections, including those of the Marble Collectors Society of America, the Smithsonian, the Corning Glass Museum, and President Bill Clinton’s White House collection.
Fire & Light Originals has a noteworthy heritage, formed in 1995 as a partnership between the Arcata Community Recycling Center in Humboldt County, California, and a group of local investors who wanted to develop an innovative plan for using crushed, recycled glass. The founders decided to turn their recycled glass into a raw material, manufacturing distinctive products for sale in and out of the immediate area. After careful consideration, the group decided upon a distinctive line of dinnerware which would be created by melting crushed glass in furnaces, adding pigment, and pressing the molten glass into bowls, plates, and glasses.
John and Natali McClurg purchased the company in 1999. Together with a team of 20 people, Fire & Light Originals is handcrafting the beautiful giftware and dinnerware that is now shipped to specialty stores and galleries throughout the country.
Glass Act has been in the glassblowing trade since the early eighties. The company prides itself on producing the highest quality glass art at afforable prices. After many years of experimenting, Glass Act now concentrates on the salt & pepper shakers, fine fragrance bottles and pendants. These gems are the collectibles of today and the antiques of tomorrow.
Since 1978, Glass Eye Studio has been creating exquisite handmade art glass. Based in Seattle, Glass Eye Studio is located at the American hum of glass blowing. With emerging artists and glass veterans working side-by-side, Glass Eye Studio continues to create designs that are unique and highly collectible.
Robert Held, native of nearby Santa Ana, has art glass collections range from classic to contemporary. From vases to bowls to hearts to paperweights, his designs are inspired by the work of famous artists such as Monet, Klimt and Tiffany. Robert’s glasswork has also been chosen for many prestigious awards and collections. His goblets were selected to grace the table of the Governor General and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s collection now houses Robert’s commissioned piece “The Northern Lights” – a stunning glass bowl created with gold & dichroic glass.
Patty and Dinah Hulet are the creators of Hulet & Hulet Art Glass Confections. In their home studio on the rural coast of northern California, they have been perfecting the recipes for these treats for some time. They strive for the perfect balance of color, texture and design to lavishly translate the sinful decadence of gourmet chocolate and candy into the tasteful persona of art glass.
Dinah’s work with murrine glass portraiture is exhibited in galleries and museums internationally. She also creates unique glass marbles that are sought after by collectors around the world. Patty concentrates her talents on the creation of remarkable pate-de-verre and kiln-cast glass.
Margaret Neher’s glasswork reflects that lifelong fascination with the art found in nature. Four-time finalist and winner of the 2004 NICHE award, she is best known for her finely detailed orchids, which are prized by orchid growers for their realism, and have been said to “capture the soul” of the orchid.
Drawn to lampwork in 1991, Neher soon devoted herself exclusively to this centuries-old tradition in which glass rods and tubing are melted over a 3000-degree flame, and then handworked into detailed sculptural forms. No molds are used, and no two pieces are identical.
Orange Countian Jon Oakes was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and raised in North Dakota. As a boy in the Midwest during the 1970’s, he had limited exposure to the arts. Sitting down at the potter’s wheel for the first time in a high school ceramics class, I immediately felt comfortable and knew he was meant to create art. He still works in clay, creating beautiful vessels using raku-firing techniques in addition to more traditional ceramics. He has recently added glass blowing to his repertoire.
Kevin O’Grady is known throughout the U.S. and Japan as the most exciting and talented glass bracelet maker today. His creative and unique use of color is unmatched in the borosilicate world. Kevin’s Pyrex bracelets, marbles, and Splash of Glass collections are both high-tech and artistic.
Kevin is also known for his collectable beads, marbles and paperweights. Each piece is a signed, one of a kind, unique work of art. Kevin has work in galleries and shops throughout the U.S. and Japan including the Corning Museum of Glass in New York.
Mark Payton is one of only a few master flameworkers in the nation, creating unique designs in small to limited editions. The process he employs is most unusual.
Low expansion “hardglass” rods are heated with a torch then manipulated with sculpting tools. This borosilicate glass was first designed for scientific application due to its low expansion and non-corrosive properties. It lends itself perfectly to intricate detail, as opposed to “soft glass,” which is used in the process of glass blowing.
Mark’s work can be found in private collections and in galleries and exclusive shops across the country and in Europe.
When Karen purchased her first kiln for firing ceramics, she discovered that she could fire glass in it. This was the start of my interest in art glass and I have been working with glass for over 10 years. Glass has become my passion in art. When she travels she gets inspired by new surroundings and tries to put that inspiration into her work.
Karen’s kiln formed animals have personality far beyond what is reasonable for this flat medium! She has recently been welding and incorporating glass into the welding making large animals suitable for garden settings.
Richard Satava, a master glassblower, was introduced to glassblowing in 1969 while attending Ocean High School in Pacifica, CA. He was then educated at the College of San Mateo and California State University, Chico and eventually opened Satava Art Glass Studio in Chico in 1977.
Using ancient techniques to create original designs in handblown glass, Satava creates works of art, individually crafted, by carefully combining the highest degree of technical skills and artistic creativity. Well known for his vivid colors and unique portrayal of nature, Satava’s works are included in numerous public and private collections throughout the world.
Stephan Schlanser, who creates original designs in sparkling glass candlesticks, bowls, vases and sculptural works, began working in glass in 1983 and maintains his own studio in Southern California.
Schlanser uses the ancient technique of kiln forming, also called fusing, to create his functional and decorative objects. Because of the process and his own high standards of quality, he rejects about 30 percent of the pieces he makes.
His work has been shown at major galleries and juried exhibitions throughout the United States. Stephen’s work has commissioned by Coca Cola Corporation, Disney, Rockwell and R.J. Reynolds. Additionally, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Arnold Schwartznegger, Sylvester Stallone and Bruce Willis have been recipients of his work.
In December 2001, Katie Schroeder’s professional career took a major turn while working an art show at Schroeder Studio Gallery. She saw beautiful fused glass jewelry and expressed an interest in learning more about the process. Katie was fortunate to work with longtime friend and glass artist Sherry Salito-Forsen during which time she was exposed to all aspects of the glass fusing.
Katie’s creative skills and ease with spatial design allowed her to quickly ramp up in the field, leading to the creation of one-of-a-kind pendants, earrings, tie tacks and bracelets. She also collaborates with Francis Lai-Wang who adds sterling silver and precious stones to select pieces. In addition to jewelry, Katie designs custom backsplash tiles for kitchens and bathrooms as well as knobs and pulls for drawers and dressers.
Katie graduated from Concordia University, Irvine in 1999 with a major in Humanities with an emphasis in Art.
Linda’s work incorporates her own handmade fused dichroic art glass with sterling silver in whimsical and fun patterns. She uses the kinetic qualities of dichroic glass to create depth, movement and intensity. Each glass piece is unique because Linda continuously experiments with her medium, adding metals and crushed glass to her kiln-fired pieces. She has developed a special technique in assembling the glass for fusing.
Over the years her jewelry has been showcased internationally in art galleries and museum stores including Freehand Gallery in West Hollywood and the Museum of Neon Art in Downtown Los Angeles.
After graduating from high school in his hometown of Bakersfield, California, Dave Smallhouse served in Vietnam. Upon his return he studied in San Diego before coming to Chico State to earn his Bachelors of Arts degree in Ancient & Classical History. In 1980 he joined Orient & Flume and immediately acquired a passion for glassblowing that has driven him to mastery.
Among his many accomplishments in the field he was personally requested to create the inaugural mace for the 1994 incoming president of Chico State University, Manuel Esteban, himself a former glassblower.
Today he works closely with his wife and children in their own studio and his enthusiasm for glassblowing has only grown.
Working out of his studio in Northern California, Michael Sosin blows and forms hot glass to emphasize the traditional processes used in glassworking. Sosin is attracted to the excitement and mystery, tenderness and fragility of glass. No piece is ever entirely reproducible or predictable.
Michael earned his Master’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, where he later taught. He subsequently spent two years studying glass at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland. He has continued to study glass at the finest glass schools in America, all of them world-renowned.
His work has been shown at major museums, galleries and juried exhibitions throughout the United States, including the Oakland Art Museum and the Oakland Art Museum Collector’s Gallery; the San Jose Art Museum; the San Francisco Museum of Craft and Folk Art; the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; and the Renwick Museum of The Smithsonian, Washington DC.
Cohn Stone is the work of artists Michael Cohn and Molly Stone. They formed their partnership in 1980 and since that time have collaboratively developed their Studio lines, as well as their individual artistic careers.
Both Michael and Molly are committed not only to designing unique and distinctive works of art, but also to the hands on process of making the pieces. They share a love for the material as well as a commitment to produce pieces of the highest quality. Their work has been exhibited throughout the U.S.A., Canada, Europe, Scandinavia, Australia, Japan, and South America. Their works are included in numerous museum, corporate, and private collections worldwide.
Born and raised in Oakland, California Strong earned his BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland in 1970 and did his graduate work in Japan on a scholarship at Osaka University of the Arts.
Strong is a modern day master of this ancient craft of hand blown glass. His work is collected and displayed throughout the world in such places as the Louvre, The Osaka Museum of Art, The San Francisco Museum of Art, The John D. Rockefeller Collection and the IBM Collection.
Jane Tivol has always had a passion for glass. Se is fascinated by the way it is so comfortable in its natural, molten, fluid state. At the same time it looks right at home in its “super-cooled” solid state. Glass that has been formed using heat processes such as a torch, a furnace or a kiln seems to retain a quality that makes it appear to be trapped in a state somewhere between fluid and solid. Gustav Klimt’s painting, The Kiss, inspires many of Tivol’s pieces.
Rebecca is a graduate of Alfred University College of Ceramics in 1990 where she concentrated on Ceramics and Glass. Additional glass education took place at Pilcuck School of Glass, Penland School of Crafts, New York Experimental Glass Workshop and an apprenticeship with Glass Sculptor, Richard Jolley. She started her own studio in 1993 on Long Island and later moved to the Hudson Valley of New York.
Rebecca’s work has been sold to many private collectors, galleries and museum shops nationwide. One of her frog sculptures is now part of the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery.
Janet made glass her life’s work when she was given the opportunity to discover molten glass in 1990 through an apprenticeship in Vermont.
In 1992 she established Zug Glass and began offering her own designs in galleries and high quality craft stores. Janet Zug’s glasswork is bold and playful. From her original hanging vase designs and stylish square vase series to her fun spinning tops and dancing jesters, she has captured this medium in a unique way. Janet’s work can be found in fine galleries across America and private collections around the world.