How I caught the glass bug.....

Life is strange in the paths that it takes you down. Starting at an early age, I acquired a love for archaeology. Having my father's college anthropology text books around the house and the chance discovery of a stone arrowhead helped set this in motion. This passion led me to study the discipline of archaeology at Kent State University. It was while I was studying Midwestern prehistory at KSU that I discovered the art of glassblowing by accident in 1992. I would walk by the building every day that housed the glass art department on campus. It was a large building with many windows and garage doors and was always open and humming with activity. One day my curiosity made me stop and look into the big open garage door of the studio. I was fascinated by what I saw. I pretty much knew instantly that I had to try my hand at this. 

The first time I held a blow pipe in my hand I was hooked. I had always loved art and enjoy creating with my hands and mind. The glass program was still under the direction of it's founder and American studio glass movement pioneer Henry Halem. My first glass art instructor was Rene Culler; a noted glass author, educator, and artist. Outside of school I was fortunate to find a mentor in another Kent State glass program student and Hale Farm glass blower Mike Levinsky. Over the years I would work with Mike at his private studio in Copley, Ohio. Later we would both be involved with the Steinert Glass School in Kent, Ohio which was started by John Steinert.

Glass for me has been a journey. It has made me patient, centered, relaxed and full of purpose. I can't imagine not doing it. It is hard to believe that I have been playing with hot glass for 25 years. 

I am inspired by history, anthropology, chemistry, nature, decay and this peculiar singularity known as life. I maintain a studio and art gallery called The Canal Fulton Glassworks.