Unless you’re lucky enough to have stumbled across it at a gallery or upscale restaurant, you probably aren’t aware of the talented glass artists that live right here in San Antonio.
Glass art makes a dramatic statement in the home. There are all types of glass that can be used to adorn your new or existing house, such as a chandelier, wall piece or a vase or sculpture. Regardless of its form, glass is always a beautiful and unique showpiece.
The glass artists in town often have artwork available in their galleries or studios, but particularly if you’re having a custom home built, you’ll want to commission a piece to be designed exclusively for you. Here’s a couple of artists we think you might like:
Glen Andrews of Caliente Hot Glass Studio
Glen Andrews is a highly creative and intelligent artist who enjoys expanding his skills by always incorporating new methods, including methods he invents by trial and error. Glen and the other offhand glass artists (the proper term for blown glasswork) at Caliente have been ramping up this past year. Besides expanding their studio space, they also have a new gallery for showcasing their work.
Every second Sunday of the month, what they call “2nd Sunday Funday,” you can enjoy live glass blowing demos, shopping and meeting the artists themselves. Caliente also offers private glass blowing experiences for those who want to get more up close and personal with hot glass.
Gini Garcia is easily the most successful local glass artist, sometimes compared to the famous Chihuly (who has a gorgeous piece up at the downtown library). Garcia Art Glass was founded in ’98 and she has designed pieces both locally and internationally for hundreds of residences, restaurants and other businesses. However because her work is highly sought after, commissioned pieces will likely take a significant amount of time to finish and might cost you almost as much as your house!
Jake Zollie Harper of Zollie Glass
Located in the Blue Start Arts Complex, Zollie Glass is a gallery that showcases torchwork glass art – that is, glass made by using a torch. This is much different than offhand glass and is typically used for making small scale pieces, such as marbles.
Jake, who has collaborated with Glen Andrews, is also exploring new ways to apply his skillset. He produces commissioned pieces and even creates small pieces that fit together to make larger sculptures.
Tucked away in the Texas Hill Country, not far from us, is a uniquely gifted artist by the name of Jason Lawson. Although Jason has the artistry and skill to make any number of glass art, he has found his niche of late by making and selling hot-sculpted solid crystal antler chandeliers that are exceptional in every sense of the word. Although most of his clients are outside of Texas, his style seems a perfect fit for homes with a modern Texas décor!
If you’re in need of a beautiful home for all of this amazing art, we’re ready to build your new custom dream home. Give us a call at 210-494-5400. To be added to our private email list to receive newsletters, please sign up here.