A new episode of Curious Islander is now airing on WhidbeyTV Local (Ch 501), available On Demand, and streaming.
Join Curious Islander host Sarah Boin on a trip to Island Art Glass Studio where she learns about glass art, the science behind it, and the fascinating origins of the American studio glass movement from two local glassblowing legends Fritz Dreisbach and Rob Adamson.
For over 42 years, Robert Adamson has pursued a love of hand-blown glass. He turned his vision of glass-making into a highly successful studio and training ground for young glass artists in the Pacific Northwest, Glass Eye Studio in 1978. In 1997 he finished construction of Island Art Glass here on Whidbey Island, WA. Here Robert is exploring sculptural directions in contemporary art glass, including blown, cast and deeply carved forms.
Fritz Dreisbach was presented with the 2015 Brychtová/Libenský Award, acknowledging his extraordinary talent and high achievement in the world of contemporary glass. As an independent artist, Dreisbach is developing a series of wheel-carved and cameo-cut glasses, in addition to his singular show pieces. Coined the “Johnny Appleseed of Glass” by his peers, Fritz has presented hundreds of lectures and demonstrations in over 180 individual institutions in over 50 years in North America, Europe and Asia.