Mary Ellen Buxton and Kevin Kutch

Pier Glass

"Our reason for creating our gem-like sculptures is our fascination with glass's ability to reflect, refract, and magnify light."

Mary Ellen Buxton and Kevin Kutch have worked in partnership for more than 25 years. They collaborate in both the design and development processes as they create blown and cut glass sculptures.

They begin the process by sketching out images. These designs are the basis for the manipulation of hot glass into blown forms. They keep their designs clean and deceptively simple, comparing them to finely cut gemstones.

Buxton and Kutch use a variety of blowing techniques to achieve the shape and form they want, and then cold work the sculpture to complete the finished piece.