As a young man Steve was drafted into the United States army to work alongside "the best of the best" as an Army Ranger. When he left the military life he became a computer programmer, drawn to the challenge of being in information technology and playing with all the "fun new toys" available at the time.
But his artistic nature also drew him to the creations of a local glass artist. Knowing that he had a fascination with this style of art, Steve's wife enrolled him in an entry level glassblowing class as a Christmas present in 1994.
"My life goals changed after a single class," he admits. There was joy in ‘gathering’ a small bubble of glass and coaxing it into something beautiful. Steve has been a glass works artist ever since. From making paperweights, to plates, clocks, beads for jewelry and gorgeous earrings, my personal favorite.
Examples of his pieces below: a pink bowl and necklace made of glass beads.
Details of canework glass bottle, hand solid & canework
blown then carved
10th century, Islam
Metropolitan Museum of Art Victoria and Albert Museum
New York City, NY London, England
If you're interested in seeing the glassblowing off-hand technique in action, watch the three minute video below of a instructor showing how it's done. Fascinating! (it's one way of letting out a lot of hot air....haha)