Although I had been working in glass since 1975, for a period of ten years after 1995 I stopped making glass sculpture. I had been working on a sculpture but became frustrated and discouraged with my progress. The piece was set aside and I decided to direct my attention to other important operations in our .....
Although I had been working in glass since 1975, for a period of ten years after 1995 I stopped making glass sculpture. I had been working on a sculpture but became frustrated and discouraged with my progress. The piece was set aside and I decided to direct my attention to other important operations in our glass studio. I concentrated on helping my wife, Mary, also a glass artist, with her side of the business and taking over much of the care of our two-year-old daughter so that Mary could continue to work in the studio.
Ten years later in 2005 during a statewide open studio event, Mary and I were visited in the studio by a couple who would become instrumental in “jumpstarting“ my career in glass art once again. The visitors were Hal and Jill Gaffin from Florida who owned a summer home nearby in Massachusetts. Though they were both glass collectors, neither was familiar with our work. During their visit, Hal became fascinated with an older sculpture of mine that had been collecting dust on a shelf. He had never seen anything like it in his travels and wondered why he was not familiar with my work. I told him in the past I had been an active glass sculptor and showed him some images and a few examples of my earlier work. Intrigued and impressed by the uniqueness and quality of the work, Hal and Jill bought the piece from the shelf and encouraged me to continue developing my sculpture.
Pleased with their discovery of my work and their purchase, the Gaffins later made some inquiries within the glass collecting community to find out what other collectors knew about my work. Many of them knew me, were familiar with my work, and wondered what had happened to me during the intervening years. They also expressed an interest in any future work I would produce.
Charged with the collectors’ renewed interest in my work, I began new projects and reworked others I had put aside. With newfound confidence in my ability as a glass sculptor, I developed a new series that was well received by the glass community. Most of the pieces I produced eventually became a part of public or private collections. I credit the chance visit from Hal and Jill Gaffin as the catalyst for my personal renaissance.
Habatat Glass invites you to celebrate the
48th year of our International Glass Exhibition.
We are extremely proud to have founded the oldest and largest annual glass exhibition in the world.
Grand Opening: May 8th | Exhibition continues to July 3rd of 2020