Luke has been blowing glass since 1998. He states that at the age of 5 he knew he wanted to be an artists. He says, “It was the first thing that I ever knew about myself. I never wanted to grow up and be anything else.”
Luke originally went to school for industrial design, which he liked a lot, but after trying glass once, he knew that he had found what he loved. “I never looked back since trying glass for the first time. Anything is possible in glass, any color, any shape, the possibilities are wide open. That’s how I feel about life in general and it’s great to work in a medium that reflects that.”
Glass has always been mysteriously captivating for Paul. His physics professor made several attempts to speak with the art department about getting him to spend more time in the science lab. It's no wonder that his senior thesis physics project won the all student art show. Glass has given Paul an outlet to speak artistically while allowing him to challenge himself with the ancient techniques of glass blowing.
Sand, soda and a twist of lime. It's not a martini, but at 2000 degrees Fahrenheit you have glass. Gathering glass from a furnace filled with molten glass is a lot like gathering honey out of a pot. Each time Paul gathers a new layer,he has the opportunity to add colors, textures and reshape the design of the final form. Once he is happy with his creation, it goes into an annealing oven to gradually bring the glass to room temperature, ready to find a home.
Paul first learned the art of glass blowing at Hastings College in Nebraska. His instructors, John Elias, Tom Kreager, Lino Tagliapietra, Elio Quarisa, and Dino Rosin have inspired and encouraged Paul through out his career as a glass blower. He has traveled to many studios throughout the nation and continues to take courses at "The Studio" in Corning, New York.