Mary Melinda Wellsandt offers up a seemingly endless variety of designs executed in glass enamel baked on glass shapes that are often sandblasted. Her imagery is derived from nature in an intriguing variety of techniques which range from cutting stylized stencils of floral designs to using original photography which becomes transformed into multicolored images that are transferred to the glass. These vases are a delight to all and are very functional as well.
Welcome to the whimsical world of Kliszewski Glass, where color and texture combine to enhance your surroundings. For over fifteen years, Bob & Laurie Kliss have produced a line of glass art that has strived to enrich the lives of art lovers everywhere. Bob and Laurie take pleasure in each handmade item they produce and wish continued enjoyment to those who have included them into their art filled world.
Thorn Ridge Studio
Born and raised in Bethesda Maryland, Henry Levine has designed and created vessels since he started classes at Glen Echo pottery in 1973. During school at Walt Whitman High, Henry would skip out of his algebra II classes to work in the ceramics lab. After receiving a B.A. in economics and English at The University of Rochester, he worked at a bank for a couple of years, found it very dry and longed for a creative outlet. So, in 1984, Henry returned to school to fulfill his dream of becoming a production potter. At Alfred University, he got bit by the glass bug and did not make any clay pots. Instead, he attended classes in ceramic sculpture, glass blowing and neon art. After graduating Alfred, Henry worked as a neon technician at Vacuform Industries for one year before buying Quality Neon Products. As a neon manufacturer, Henry employed fifteen people and wholesaled neon lights to large sign companies who shipped his products nationwide. Henry owned and operated the neon shop for ten years before moving to southeast Ohio and opening Thorn Ridge Studios in 1999.
Melanie Leppla has been working professionally with glass since graduating from Rochester Institute of Technology with a BFA in 1986. Her professional career includes shows internationally as well as across the United States. Honors include two fellowship grants from The Creative Glass Center of America and a fellowship grant from the New Jersey Counsel for the Arts. Her work is included in the Museum of American Craft and the Museum of American Glass as well as numerous important private collections.
David Leppla has been working in glass for the past 25 years. Professional awards include a Fulbright Award to Sweden, a Creative Glass Center of America Fellowship, and two New Jersey Council for the Arts Awards (including the distinguished artist award). Museum Collections of his work inculde the Renwick Gallery (Smithsonian), New Orleans Museum of Art, Museum of American Glass, and the Musee Des Artes Decoratif (Lausanne).