"Movement, heat, interaction with light, teamwork, and the physicality of the work to form art glass has attracted and kept us interested in this molten material."
Following four months of intensive building, discussion, planning, and preparation, The Glass Forge Studio first lit its furnaces on Memorial Day of 1998. The studio became a reality through the vision of three men who first met in the spring of 1994 while working for various San Francisco Bay Area glass studios. Lee Wassink, Maurice Kreuzer, and Nathan Sheafor each bring unique skills and vision to The Glass Forge and contribute to a sum exceeding 30 years of "hot glass" experience.
Specializing in Venetian style art glass, the team begins each piece with a four foot hollow rod gathering molten glass out of the furnace. The clear glass is treated with various decorations and a rainbow of transparent colors may be applied. Then the glass is blown, like a balloon, until its final shape is achieved, and the top and bottom of the piece are finished.
Each of the collaborative artists at The Glass Forge studied in college and university hot shops as well as honing skills in professional glass studios and workshops.