The Art of Glassblowing
By Laura Lee - March 15, 2023

Art has been among us since ancient times, offering a unique way for people to express themselves. One of the most beautiful art forms is glass art; colorful pieces crafted with a dynamic mixture of raw materials, tools, and passion. Throughout history, many renowned glass artists have left their mark in this fascinating field by creating truly inspiring pieces. Here are a few of them. Ask anyone on the street for a glass artist, and they will almost certainly find Dale Chihuly. Unique even in the realm of blown glass, Chihuly’s compositions often resemble large-scale sculptures. Chihuly and his team have created and sold over $29 million in artwork. Chihuly’s permanent collection is in 32 states at prominent locations such as Makers Mark Distillery (Kentucky), University of Wisconsin-St. Louis. Peter’s Church in New York, and Chihuly Glass Garden in Seattle.

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ost glass-blowing artists today benefit from many of Lino Tagliapietra’s crafts and techniques that have become industry standards. Having become a master at 25, Tagliapietra has continued to compose and teach about glass art. He creates his colors and uses them almost exclusively in his compositions. His work exists in museums and galleries worldwide, and one awe-inspiring piece, a glass fleet of 35 ships, is housed in the Columbus Museum of Art in the United States.

Over the years, Robert Mickelson has established himself as one of the finest glass artists in the industry. Mickelson, who grew up in Honolulu, dropped out of college after just one year. He began selling his designs at craft fairs as an apprentice with a professional lamp maker. Paul Stankard’s glass-making lessons persuaded him to stop holding craft shows and marketing his work to galleries. Since that historic decision, Mickelsen’s work has appeared in major museums worldwide, including the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery of American Arts and Crafts, the Corning Museum of Glass, and the Art Museum of Toledo, to name a few. Mickelsen is one of the few renowned artists to use flame art and has published several technical articles on this unique craft.