Wednesday, February 02, 2011
New glass artist Wes Hunting
Wes started his creative journey at Ken State University where he majored in painting. He had a part time job at Hale Farm, and early American historical village just outside of Kent, Ohio.
The next semester he signed up for classes in glass blowing at KSU. In the late 70's there weren't many universities that offered glass as an art medium, Henry Halem ran the program at that time.
Henry was good friends with most of the well-known glass artists, and he brought in many of them for workshops. Between 1977 and 1979, Wes attended workshops and worked with the likes of Fritz Dreisbach, Dick Marquis, Steve Weinberg, Bert van Loo, Marvin Lipofsky, Dale Chihuly (with William Morris as gaffer), Joel Myers, and the late Bud Hurlstone. KSU was a place of great creative energy that produced many talented artists in their own right.
Wes attended Penland School of Crafts right here in North Carolina where he was an assistant to North Carolina glass blower Richard Ritter. In addition Wes was inspired by his travels in Italy to Venice and Murano.
He has had his own hot shop since 1982. To see sizes and prices click here.
We LOVE glass!