2020 Glass Artists

Patrick Cassanova

Hudson, Wisconsin

To me the world of glass is magical. Inspired by the Natural World around me, I relate to my work as a painter working with hot molten glass as my medium of choice. For me no other material handles light and color as dramatically as does glass… add light and it comes alive!

Renee & James Engebretson

Hudson, Wisconsin

Much of our approach to glass has been shaped by the rich natural environment surrounding our home and studio in the lush St. Croix Valley of Western Wisconsin. Grass, leaves and trees, and their interaction with the elements of light, wind and water, inspire us to incorporate natural imagery into our work. We have very little interest in the literal portrayal of nature, but seek instead to convey its spirit. Our imagery has evolved from many years of observing and interpreting our surroundings, continuing to become more symbolic and abstract.

Thomas Nye

Blaine, Minnesota

I use traditional Italian and Swedish techniques to make one of a kind objects from molten glass. My primary area of focus is on creating new cane patterns.

Nolan Prohaska

Somerset, Wisconsin

While pursuing a degree in horticulture with the desire to design landscapes, I stumbled into an introductory course for glassblowing. Seventeen years later, the landscape has become the main influence of the design on my vessels. Along with the landscape, water elements also appear in the imagery. In addition to the blown work, I create intricately assembled floral sculptures. These sculptures often have personalities even though they are plants.

Douglas and Renee Sigwarth

River Falls, Wisconsin

Our art is born from our partnership. Together we are the creators of all which surrounds us. Early on we identified that which inspires us and has lead us on our spiritual journey. Our relationship with glass is one outlet which represents who we are; it is the perfect medium for our expression. We start with the fiery, molten mass of ideas which quickly begin to take form. It is through careful skill and breath which allows our creation to grow. We pass the piece off to the other and give over trust; as partners we depend on each other. We allow our intuition to guide this fluid medium to it?s final state. From here, new ideas arise and new directions emerge.

Nicholas Stelter

Kaukauna, Wisconsin

Today, I sculpt glass within the kiln, always pushing and exploring the glass and letting it show me it’s true form. Following that, the glass is cold worked and polished to create the soothing shapes and organic lines that are indicative of my work. Then, I design and fabricate complementary pedestals to finish each piece. I find the exploration of the purity of shape and simplicity in form create surprisingly complex pieces that mimic the unpredictability of nature.

Mark Sudduth

Cleveland Heights, Ohio

Today, I sculpt glass within the kiln, always pushing and exploring the glass and letting it show me it’s true form. Following that, the glass is cold worked and polished to create the soothing shapes and organic lines that are indicative of my work. Then, I design and fabricate complementary pedestals to finish each piece. I find the exploration of the purity of shape and simplicity in form create surprisingly complex pieces that mimic the unpredictability of nature.

James Wilbat

Deerfield, Illinois

I combine various techniques in my hot glass work, including blowing, fusing, hand-tooling, optical molding, and sandblasting, to create my uniquely textured, colorful glass designs. I design and blow every piece, including all my cane, colored shards, and beads, from start to finish. My work reflects my love of abstract expressionist art.

Paul Willsea

Naples, New York

My works have been shown and represented at galleries, and juried exhibitions throughout the USA including the California Crafts Museum in San Francisco, The Store at the American Crafts Museum in New York City, and the store at the Corning Museum of glass.

Corporate gifts and collections include: Corning, United Airlines, Kawasaki, Dean Witter Reynolds, Hyatt Regency, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Nestle, Citibank and The Saudi Royal Family.