Hot Glass

Studio Glass

Since the late 19th century, glass has been widely used as an artistic medium and studios, such as Lalique, Tiffany, and Daum, have taken glass art to the highest levels. René Lalique began his career as a jeweler in Paris before opening his first glassworks in 1909. He perfected cost-effective methods of molding relief-figured designs in glass as he wanted his work to be affordable. His stylized motifs reflected the Art Deco style of the period and his reputation as a creative genius in glass was sealed at the 1925 Exposition des Arts Decoratifs in Paris. Lalique designed vases, bowls, light fittings, and car mascots. He also cast glass in sculptural form, notably statuettes of nudes and veiled dancers. René’s son, Marc, played an important part in the manufacturing side of the business and took over after his father’s death in 1945.

Art on Fire

During the 1960s, industrial glassblowers began to turn their attention to different styles of studio glass. Paul Stankard, a skilled scientific glassblower, created paperweights encasing intricate studies of his local flora produced with a flame-worker’s torch. Professor Harvey Littleton discovered that glass could be melted and annealed in small studio furnaces and a single artist could design and produce artworks without the need for numerous assistants and large quantities of materials.  Littleton set up a pioneering glass-blowing workshop in Ohio, which led to the first University glass program in Wisconsin. This was the beginning of the American Studio Glass movement, which is now an international phenomenon with thousands of talented artists working with hot glass, including William Morris, Stephen Rolfe Powell, Lino Tagliopietra, and Toots Zynsky.

Chihuly Glass

Florida Glass Artists

There are a number of talented glass makers working close to WMODA in South Florida and the museum often hosts events and exhibitions with local artists.

Rob Stern

Rob Stern’s studio is in Wynwood, Miami and he has exhibited his work internationally during his 30-year career as a glass blower.  Rob is known particularly for his iconic Windstar sculptures, which are dedicated to his father, a consummate stargazer fascinated with cosmic phenomena. Rob was inspired also by his surname Stern which means star in German. Rob was born in Miami and grew up in Atlanta where he trained initially for a career in the performing arts. It was during his art studies at San Francisco State University that he discovered glass making. As he says, "When I started working with glass, I began to look at the world in a different way." Rob worked at an industrial glass casting facility for five years before attending the Pilchuck Glass School where he came under the spell of Dale Chihuly, Pino Signoretto and Lino Tagliapietra. Now a successful master gaffer, Rob has been invited to give demonstrations and workshops at Pilchuck and other famous glass institutions around the country as well as at international symposiums, notably in the Czech Republic.

Chelsea Rousso

Chelsea Rousso is a glass artist, fashion designer and writer, as well as a teacher at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. She specializes in kiln-formed fused glass and holds regular classes for aspiring glass artists at her studio and the Wiener Museum. Chelsea combines her love of fashion and glass into a unique form of wearable glass, including corsets and bikini tops, which have appeared on the catwalk at WMODA. Chelsea also creates unique sculptures with ribbons of glass woven and fused into beautiful silhouettes which are on display at the museum. Several of Chelsea’s students have shown their work at the Wiener Museum’s A Touch of Glass Show, notably Lori Brown and Anne Orvieto.

Eduardo and Elizabeth Prado

Eduardo and Elizabeth Prado recently moved to Fort Lauderdale from their native Brazil where they were pioneers of the studio glass movement. Eduardo is an architect by training and Elizabeth studied art. They met in London, where they first discovered glass art, and their marriage united them in a mutual love of the medium. Since the 1980s, they have traveled the world visiting master glass artists and studying different techniques, including blown glass, pate-de-verre, fusing and casting. Elizabeth fuses tiny droplets of glass to create sparkling textures in luminous bowl forms. Eduardo calls his work Cocooned Thoughts and he embeds paintings and iconic images of popular culture in layers of glass. Eduardo’s work was recently featured in the prestigious Corning New Glass Review.

See video of Eduardo Prado's work.
Artist Profile Part 1
Artist Profile Part 2

Hollywood Hot Glass

Just 10 minutes south of the museum is Hollywood Hot Glass where Brenna Baker demonstrates the art of glass blowing and holds classes for visitors. Brenna began her career as a glass artist in Corning, NY at the age of 14. She then spent a year working in Murano, Italy under the tutelage of Pino Signoretto, arguably the world’s finest glass sculptor. Brenna was the youngest Master Gaffer ever employed by Steuben Glass. She also traveled the world on Celebrity Solstice ships with the Hot Glass Show and now manages their on-board programs. She has organized special presentations for WMODA and a lamp-working demonstration by Rob Farnan. Brenna also accepts commissions for glass art installations and lighting and is working on several projects in South Florida.


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