Joe Arborio of The Wilderness Workshop is a glass artist in Island Pond, VT.
"Joe calls his stained glass feathers 'Pony Feathers'. The wearing of real feathers in an Indian horse or pony's mane was said to make them fleet of foot allowing them to move with the swiftness and agility of birds of prey. White Opal Feathers were sought after for the battles lead pony. The Crow Feathers were reserved for the scout pony. Stained glass feathers are crafted in our workshop located on the mountainside, shadowed by Seneca Mountain in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. All are hand cut with copper foil with silver, black or copper patina veins. The large feather has a pearl white quill (the opal side being the right side of the feather), the small feather has a loop and both have a leather strip for hanging. The handmade glass comes from various places - each sheet of glass is unique and there may be slight variations in color. The earthy textured glass used in the Red Tailed Hawk, Rufous Hummingbird and the Cedar Waxwing is called: Youghiogheny pronounced [yok-uh-gey-nee] glass."
Olen hangs his hat in beautiful North East Vermont, " The Kingdom". He first learned stained glass design and production from glass artist Chris Pearson, while living in the thriving artist town of Provincetown; Cape Cod, Massachusetts in 1998. Challenged by his mentor to come up with “something different” for his gallery, Olen experimented and created the "Space Globe". The star sculptures were an instant hit. Enjoying trying new ideas ; the glass inventions continually evolve. Some studies in glass art which influence the creations are: glass blowing, lamp work and glass etching. Some interesting design aspects in Olen's style are three dimentionality , and optical illusion. Olen also crafts wood frames for his windows himself, using repurposed woods; often laminated with unique grains such as teak or white and yellow birch.
Birthed from an attitude of, “To go where no man has gone before”, Olen's works are day dream initiators, providing moments of respite from our busy minds, and add joy to the environment.
Gabrielle Baumann is a German born fused glass artist from Burlington, Vermont.
Her work is influenced by her European heritage – attention to detail , minimalistic color arrangements and clear lines.
Fused glass or kiln fired glass provides endless possibilities in form and function for items that can be useful or just for display.
Gabrielle is a member of the Fused Glass Co-Op at the South End Glass Studio in Burlington.
Alissa Faber is a glass artist in Burlington, Vermont.
Alissa Faber is an artisan and designer, creating sculptural glass and ceramic works of art in Burlington, Vermont. She graduated from Alfred University in 2009 with a degree in sculpture and has worked in glass studios throughout Maine, New York, Oregon, and Vermont. Alissa shares her passion with students of all ages, working as an educator in Burlington, teaching others how to take a raw material through the traditional processes of glassblowing and pottery. She is passionate about allowing students to explore materials as they create original artwork.
Alissa’s vessels display her enchantment with the process and movement of hot glass. She is fascinated with pushing known glass processes in a new direction. By using natural wood as her mold, each piece of wood is interacting with glass to create vessels with a one-of-a-kind molded foot. Alissa’s interest extends to how materials behave together technically, as well as visually. She enjoys creating designs which continue to evolve beyond the cooled glass object, whether through the function of the piece or through its presentation.
Terry Zigmund is a stained glass artist in Burlington, Vermont. She has been making art since she was a young child and has been working with glass since 1991 when she took her first stained glass class. The dualities of the medium and the enormous array of colors and textures immediately intrigued her. In 1998 she moved to Burlington, Vermont where she opened Burlington Community Glass Studio. In the beginning, the studio focused on teaching and functioned as a community space for other artists to work while Terry grew her product line. Terry's work is created using the copper foil method of construction and features bold colors and textures of glass with copper wire embellishments. Terry's product line includes a variety of functional items made from reclaimed glass. Terry continues to create and sell her work throughout the Northeast, and the studio provides workspace for other artists.
Michael Egan is a glass artist in Granville, Vermont.
I was only eight years old, during the American Bicentennial year, when I came across an old, faded clapboard shed just south of Waitsfield village in Central Vermont. Centered in that room on the dirt floor was a small glass-melting furnace, roaring brilliantly orange. It was incredibly hot. It hurt to look directly into the flame but that's what I did, fascinated by the power and majesty of glass. This was the domain of two local glassblowers, and their world of manipulating glass, one of the oldest and most basic craft materials.
Thirty-two years later, I am manipulating glass to manifest my creative vision. With only a few basic elements, silica sand, soda ash, and limestone, I use intense heat to melt a clear base glass, which I then weave into a tapestry of art and objects from the simplest vase to the most complex sculpture.
I was born right here in Vermont in 1968 in the small farming town of Fayston, population at the time 273. There were five of us in my kindergarten class. Following my elementary studies, I attended the local High School in Duxbury, Vt. After graduation, I moved to Burlington to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sculpture at the University of Vermont. At a party, a friend invited me to visit the glass shop where he worked. I started hanging out at the hot shop, owned by Alan Goldfarb, an amazingly talented glass artist and supportive mentor. Eventually I was hired on as first assistant, later running Alan's second work station as glassblower while solidifying hand skills and developing my own creative aesthetic.
After my first apprenticeship I made piecework in a number of Vermont studios. Throughout the years, I was privileged to study with many glass artists including Richard Marquis, Jack Wax and Lino Tagliapietra. In the summer of 2000, Granville, Vermont became the home of my first studio and gallery where I reside today, right on Route 100 nestled against the Green Mountain National Forest. I am located just south of the Mad River Valley home to The Mad River Glen Ski Area and Sugarbush. It couldn't possibly be a more beautiful spot.
I welcome you to come and find me here and watch this amazing process up close and personal. I have successfully designed my facility to invite you, the public, to almost be part of the action. You're right there with me as I work, often I will explain as I go, describing the steps of the process.
Much of my work is an exploration of possibilities using intricate traditional Italian cane, in the Murano tradition. During a visit to my studio you might see my team at work producing these remarkable glass rods. Using a wide array of ancient techniques I blend clear base glass with colored glass from Germany and New Zealand, drawing and twisting large masses of glass into rods up to 50 feet long and sometimes no thicker than a familiar yellow pencil.
Making my own cane allows me the latitude to carry a creative concept from the very first hint of an idea to its full fruition. This cane, when broken into shorter lengths, informs the final design of much of my glasswork, both functional wares and sculpture.
Robert has been working in blown glass since 1971, while maintaining a broad production line he is Increasing his focus on one-of-a-kind and commission work. His glasswork consists of vases, perfume bottles, paperweights and sculptural pieces, with his current specialty being works that incorporate veiled silver glass with delicate bubble patterns. Since 1977 Robert’s works have been shown in numerous shows across the country. Says Robert, “Most of my inspiration comes from my natural surroundings, and is further enhanced by the beauty of the glass in its molten state. I am fortunate to have found work that I love and that allows me to be creative.”
“I don’t know if I chose glass, or it chose me,” Robert Burch muses. The two met dramatically in the late 1960′s when glassblowing was still new as a re-emerging craft. While visiting at Penland School of Arts and Crafts, Burch ventured out for an evening walk in the surrounding North Carolina woods. “I came upon a little cabin with a roar coming out of it and a strange glow in its windows,” he almost whispers, remembering. “I looked in the door, and there was this guy blowing glass. I was stunned! The magic, the sensuality, the energy of that moving, molten glass! From that moment on, my purpose was to get as close to glass as I could.”
And so he has. A chance opportunity to simultaneously learn and teach glassblowing at Goddard College led the former production potter from clay to glass. By 1978, Burch had moved his first glassblowing studio in Plainfield, Vermont to its current home in a 200-year-old Putney barn.
Brandywine Glassworks now supplies over 200 shops and galleries nationwide with exquisite vases, perfume bottles, paperweights, and sculptures, each handblown by Burch.
Watching Burch in action explains his conscious choice not to further expand his thriving business. Clearly it’s a venture or perhaps a dance in which Burch and glass are the closest of partners. His every muscle keeps pace with the fiery substance he cajoles into shape. A twist here, a light touch there, a breath, a moment’s rest. A master is at work here, following the lead offered by glass heated to over 2,000 degrees.
Occasionally, the roles are reversed. “Sometimes I feel like a tool the glass is using,” he exclaims between precise puffs on his long pipe.
So intimate is his relationship with each piece, that Burch can easily identify his work from years past. In his first five years as a professional, he produced over 10,000 items. “If you lose contact with the glass, you lose your potential for creative growth,” he adds emphatically. This is not the voice of a potential paperpusher. To separate Burch from glass and the process he so obviously loves would be a tragedy. In this case, small is indeed very beautiful.
Viiu Niiler is a glass artist in Marshfield, Vermont.
Samantha Lightner is a glass artist in Waitsfield, VT. Hailing from Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, Samantha Lightner is currently chasing hot glass and the great outdoors here in Vermont. Her journey with the molten medium began in 2010 at Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, where she worked as an apprentice learning her trade, and has since been immersed in the world of glass. Each piece is gathered from a molten tank of glass, after adding color its blown into a bubble and shaped using gravity and various tools to create a unique piece of art. From glass flowers, sake sets, to rocking boat glasses, and unique barware. Sam is redefining what everyday glasses and tumblers should look like with her fun, functional art. Custom pieces and colorways available upon request.
Cherie Marshall Glass
Cherie Marshall is a glasswork designer from Burlington, Vermont
"My jewelry pieces are created with color and form in mind, combined with the exciting randomness that melting glass in a hot kiln creates. Colorful, one of a kind, wearable art is the result. I hope you enjoy it!"
Northwood Gallery also carries a selection of colorful plates and dishes.
“Art Symphony, a stunning showcase of kiln-formed glass art.
Inspired by the natural beauty and seasons of Vermont, the artist, Caroline Quick has spectacularly brought together a composition of harmonious elements producing a range of unique and functional glass table wear. Caroline loves creating, whether it’s cutting glass, taking photographs or dabbling in interior design. Always a cutting tool, camera or paint brush in hand!
She loves the fluidity of glass and creating pieces in many forms. In particular, she finds her Petrified Wood Series magical and is always excited to see what chemical reaction takes place with this glass in the kiln. Each unique piece shows the beauty and appearance of wood grain that is forever captured in glass.
Commision work is always welcome and there’s nothing more precious to her than spending time with the client and ensuring that their vision comes to life.
The Petrified Wood Series
Each piece of glassware is constructed of two or three layers of hand-cut glass. The shape is finely ground on a diamond grinder and then kiln-fired. During the kiln process the Petrified Wood glass reacts chemically with the copper based turquoise to give the appearance of wood grain in glass. A stunning effect and one that varies with each fuse. When the kiln lid is opened a magical surprise awaits…”
There are so many things I love about glassblowing, First there’s the hot stuff itself, what a crazy medium to play with! Then there’s the challenge of executing high quality work from this pot of hot goo. I never get tired of it because it’s always changing. Blowing glass is the best part, of course, but being a productive business person is equally as important as designing work that I am proud of.
Having the freedom and ability to make bright and cheerful creations is very satisfying but my highest compliment is the feeling of joy people have when they experience beauty through a piece of my work. Using deep jewel-tones, I strive to create functional designs that inspire happiness.
Born in 1968, I started blowing glass in 1990 and established Zug Glass in 1992. Over the next 12 years I rented other artist’s studios to create my designs and worked as a studio assistant for a variety of classes in Penland, NC and Corning, NY. In 2004 I installed my own hotshop in my home in Vermont.