Art Ciccotti | Ames
I grew up in Southern California, moved to Iowa in the late 70's. Attended Iowa State University. It was at Iowa State University that I joined a glass blowing club. I was mesmerized by the process. Today, 35 years later I have realized my dream of having my own glass blowing studio. I love what I do.
My work combines two main elements: Color and Form. I utilize Venetian glass blowing techniques such as making and incorporating cane and murrini in my designs. My larger pieces involve rolling the murrini/cane design unto my blow pipe. From there it is shaped and then blown out.
I've lived in Mt. Pleasant for most of my life. When I moved back after college, I found myself with limited choices for a job. I was blessed to stumble into glass. I cut my glass teeth in a traditional stained glass studio learning how to restore old stained glass & cut new stained glass windows. My love of the unique way that glass transmits & reflects light, & curiosity of new techniques drew me to fusing. It was love at first melt. The dimensionality & blurred boundaries compared to traditional glass are a fit to how my mind works - taking what I'm supposed to do & then asking, what else could I do? It allows me to give life to my daydreams in glass.