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Excitement mounts as Galleria glass exhibition prepares to arrive in Denver once more

Denver, Colorado

January 19, 2015

Summary: Glass art exhibition Galleria gears up for its annual show, arriving in Denver on April 14 and 15, 2015, with the best and brightest of the world’s glass artists showing off their skill.

Glass blowing is an art form that has been around for thousands of years. The modern glass artist uses much the same tools that were employed by his historic counterpart, but new uses of colour and greater imagination have taken this ancient craft to a whole new level.

Those wishing to experience glass blowing at its very finest need to be in Denver, Colorado, this April 14-15 when Galleria comes to town. Opened to the public for the first time last year, after years of being a business to business event, the Galleria glass exhibition was incredibly well received, with attendees marvelling at the skills and creativity of the artists exhibiting their wares.

One of the unique features of the Galleria glass exhibition is the fact that all pieces on display have been blown specifically for the event. Artists see it as the premier show at which to showcase their talents and to admire the abilities of their fellow glass blowers, with Galleria acting as a glass art gallery for the best and brightest stars of the industry.

Galleria was so popular with attendees in 2014 that planning for the 2015 show began as soon as the exhibition hall doors were closed. Returning to its roots as a focused business to business event, this year Galleria will once more share and celebrate this incredibly complex art form.

From the organizers of the incredibly popular BIG Industry Show, Galleria affords attendees the rare opportunity to purchase high end pieces direct from the artists. Artists are available to discuss their work and to share their passion for self expression through glass. The emphasis is on functional glass art and every piece on display has been blown with practicality as well as beauty in mind.

Galleria’s purpose is to showcase the abilities of glass artists from within the US and from overseas. The array of glass blowing talent present within the exhibition hall is astonishing and attendees will marvel at the intricate designs that artists have conceptualized and created specifically for the show.

Galleria has already built itself up a strong reputation for being the must-attend event of the year for all those with an interest in glass blowing and now the 2015 show looks set to further enhance the show’s credentials. From self-taught artists to relative newcomers who are continuing to push boundaries within the industry, Galleria will be packed with anyone and everyone with a passion for glass.

Online registration for the show is already open at http://www.biggalleria.com/registration and those wishing to attend are encouraged to act fast.

For the latest information on plans for the 2015 Galleria glass exhibition on April 14-15, visit http://www.biggalleria.com/

Featuring The Elite Glass Talents Of...

Bandhu Dunham

Born in Dayton, Ohio, in 1959, Bandhu Dunham began to teach himself lampwork technique in 1975, while still in high school. Now an internationally respected glass artist, author and teacher, his work is in the permanent collections of numerous museums in the US and abroad, including the Corning Museum of Glass, The Museum of Arts and Design, Museum für Glaskunst (Germany), Niijima Glass Art Center (Japan), and Osaka University of Arts.



I’m BMFT, Brendan Taylor. I started blowing glass in September 2009 in Tucson, AZ. I’ve been very blessed to get to work some very amazing and talented people and it’s driven me to work harder than I ever have at anything. I try to just make things that have never existed before and push the medium of boroscilicate as much as I can, and I want to do it forever.



Buck is a native Oregonian living on the central Oregon coast. Buck can either be found hard at work in his studio or out in the forest gaining inspiration for his next creation. His expression can be seen in every detail of his work. With color, clean shapes, and symmetry he has developed an intricate style of construction. Known for his anatomical skeletons and extreme engineering, his art has been making its way to galleries and collectors across the nation. Buck has worked diligently over the years to keep on the cutting edge of the material and technique. His progression is one of pure creative drive and passion.



Burtoni began blowing glass in Hawai'i in 1999, and became a piper when he moved to the mainland in 2010 incorporating his style into the functional realm. It was around this time he took on the name Burtoni and began focusing on larger more involved work. After traveling around the country for 18 months he settled in Denver, CO and became a member of the Shack Mansion, a group of very talented and motivated artists.



After realizing the potential and diversity in the borosilicate medium, Calvin began lampworking in 2006. As a Tucson native he was heavily influenced by skateboarding and surrounding art, especially graffiti. Given the freedom for self expression he continued to push his abilities and creativity through original works of art. From detailed marbles and life forms to large scale assembly, he continues to expand his artistic visions and embody himself in his glass



I started working glass in 2003, In 2006 I graduated with a degree in Scientific Glassblowing from Salem CC. I worked for a big chemical company for 5 years and in 2011 I quit my job to pursue glass art full time.



Elbo discovered furnace glass in 2005 at the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA. He graduated from Tyler in 2009 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Glass and a minor in Art History. Following his graduation he met Zach Puchowitz, who introduced him to pipe making.



Eusheen is closely connected with other glass artists such as Natey, Sven, Calm, Fathead, Darby, Meson, Shendog, Ben Burton, Banjo, Robert Mickelsen, J Red, Nate Dizz, Cowboy, Punty, Quave, Gordman, Scoz, Jake C, John Kobuki, Travis Webber, and many many others. With a new studio and tools to work with Eusheen is always looking for new ways to push his limits as a glass artist. Continuing to learn new styles, collaborating with other artists and teaching classes.


Joe Peters

Growing up in western Massachusetts I have been surrounded by an environment rich in the arts. After living and scuba diving in areas of Central America, I gained an appreciation for underwater plant and amphibian life. I have tried to integrate these elements into my handblown glasswork by utilizing a technique called torchwork otherwise known as lampworking or flameworking.



I am a Pacific Northwest local, living in Washington state. I have been working glass for 15 years and am stoked to be a part of this cutting edge art community. There are so many different styles of advanced techniques, which is what makes our trade so unique. Most recently I have been working with line work, fillas, lathe work, and crucible techs… striving for clean and technical. I love that I am able to switch up my styles and learn and grow as an artist. I look forward to seeing how our glass community will continue to evolve as well as myself.


Lace Face

Lacey (LaceFace) St. George was born in Grants Pass, Oregon in 1983. Being a child of the northwest, Lacey was exposed to the blossoming art form of glass and pipemaking from an earily age. Determined from the begining to create things of beauty and be her own boss, Lacey fell in love with glass the moment she began working on the the torch.


Matt McLamb

Matt McLamb started flame working 12 years ago in the mountains of Vermont. Inspiration is drawn from everything, some focuses of which are kinetic glass and incorporating imagery into glass using a technique he originated.



Born in 1951 in Fort Belvoir , Virginia and raised in Honolulu , Hawaii. Robert Mickelsen apprenticed with a professional lampworker for two years in the mid-seventies and then sold his own designs at outdoor craft fairs for ten years. In 1987 he took a class from Paul Stankard that opened his eyes to the possibilities of his medium.



Glass artist from San Diego, California. Making pipes since 2005. Current body of work revolves around rubber duckys, flying pigs, and a common theme of good versus evil.



Creating these outrageous creatures is, for Salt, a cathartic experience. As an artist Salt infuses the thoughts, emotions and ideas that are relevant to him into his creations, thus exercising his stresses and concerns. At a glance they may seem intimidating or even sinister. However they are actually meant to be companions to the end users and to help those who come in contact with them to relax, gain perspective, and realign their thoughts.


Shack Man

Glass artist out of Denver, CO.



My name is Snic and I have been working with glass since 1997. I'm from Philadelphia but I've traveled throughout different cities to study lampworking including The Corning Museum of Glass Studio in New York and the Appalachian Center for Crafts in Tennessee. I've also worked in Vermont and Southern California and traveled to countless studios to work with some amazing glass artists. I went to Japan twice to teach and demo at the Borosilicate Art Expo in Tokyo. I currently reside in Philadelphia doing lampworking and metal plating over glass.


Steve Bates



Tristan Hodges


Born in New York, Tristan now resides in northern California where he dedicates his life to his work and his family. He’s been blowing glass for 10 years and learned from Shad and Banjo. He draws influence from pop culture, graffiti and other art, skateboarding, snowboarding, and anything that catches his interest. When he isn’t on the torch he enjoys good food, rock climbing and being outside.



Hey everybody. I'm Worm and I've been melting glass for about ten years. Pipemaking is all I ever wanted to do in life after I saw my first spoon at the age of fifteen. My quest to become a glassblower took me to Colorado, where I still live currently.