Born in 1951 in Fort Belvoir , Virginia and raised in Honolulu , Hawaii. Robert Mickelsen apprenticed with a professional lampworker for two years in the mid-seventies and then sold his own designs at outdoor craft fairs for ten years. In 1987 he took a class from Paul Stankard that opened his eyes to the possibilities of his medium.
Creating these outrageous creatures is, for Salt, a cathartic experience. As an artist Salt infuses the thoughts, emotions and ideas that are relevant to him into his creations, thus exercising his stresses and concerns. At a glance they may seem intimidating or even sinister. However they are actually meant to be companions to the end users and to help those who come in contact with them to relax, gain perspective, and realign their thoughts.
My name is Snic and I have been working with glass since 1997. I'm from Philadelphia but I've traveled throughout different cities to study lampworking including The Corning Museum of Glass Studio in New York and the Appalachian Center for Crafts in Tennessee. I've also worked in Vermont and Southern California and traveled to countless studios to work with some amazing glass artists. I went to Japan twice to teach and demo at the Borosilicate Art Expo in Tokyo. I currently reside in Philadelphia doing lampworking and metal plating over glass.
Massachusetts native, Tyme, was introduced to glass blowing by longtime friend Boston Tom. He developed his skills over the next 5 years at various studios in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. He then relocated to Los Angeles to continue his craft. During his 5 year stay in Los Angeles he honed his signature pattern, dot stacking. Tyme now resides in Austin, TX where he continues to meld old and new techniques for a unique style.
Zach Puchowitz first experienced glassmaking in 1998. He became addicted very quick and built his first lampworking studio in ‘99 as well as began studying glass at the Tyler School of Art. While avoiding learning anything useful, Zach was able to develop his understanding of the arts and glass as a material. He sharpened his hand skills in the flame-working and furnace glass studios while developing his creative process.
Zii studied ceramics at the Rhode Island School of Design where much of her work was inspired by the human form, and its imperfections. After college she moved to Los Angeles and began a career in special effects make-up. Zii worked in film for 7 years on many projects and assisted Oscar winning make-up artist Kevin Haney. In 2009 she began blowing glass as a hobby and became a fulltime glass blower shortly thereafter.