Chaka has been working with glass since 2004 when he learned from a friend making jewelry and pipes in amherst MA. While finishing a bachelors degree in psychology at Umass Amherst, he learned the basics and after a year he was working full time at jewelry and marble making. He spent the next 8 years exhibiting nature and sea themed jewelry and sculpture at various craft shows around New England. In 2013 he decided to make pipes full time and developed new work that allowed him further creative reach.
Chaka has taken a number of classes and workshops with Milon Townsend, John Kobuki, Loren Stump, Robert Mickelsen, Kiva Ford and many other established names in the world of lampwork borosilicate glass. His skills vary widely with some work in soft glass. Lately he has been diving further into sculptural work and ice/glacial themes and motifs. He continues to explore the medium in his Boston studio.