Ancient life‐forms or aliens from the future? Hacking my way through a jungle of twisted possibilities and melting temperatures, these are the nine plants I found and have brought back from the journey to show.  These fantastical new species of plants are born of two passions of mine, glass and growing plants. All it took was an amazing opportunity to place them in the Oak […]


Broken Bottle Bowl

  I was fortunate to have my Broken Bottle Bowl design chosen for inclusion for the Fall 2012 Catalog Chicago Art Institute Museum Shop. Here are some images from the project.


Glass Act: Getting to Know Bryan Northup art critic and columnist, Ken Reif interviewed me for his weekly column in 2012 As former president of I have had the privilege of working with Bryan Northup. Bryan’s artistic and marketing skills have been a great resource for OPAL. Bryan’s eco-friendly glass creations continue to amaze. It’s not surprising that Bryan’s artworks are gaining in popularity. Let’s learn a little more about him. Ken Reif: Who […]


Magic Garden Public Art Installation

    The Art Center – Highland Park along with HilCo Properties is producing “The Magic Garden,” an outdoor public art exhibit in downtown Highland Park, Spring through Summer 2012. I have been fortunate to have my design for one of the mushrooms selected and included in the exhibit.


Catching Hail Bowls

Nov 2011 to present Oak Park glass artist, Bryan Northup, transforms shards left in the wake of the devastating June 30, 2011 hail storm into one-of-a-kind art bowls featuring hail-marked white wash. Supporters and patrons who purchase a bowl will not only own a historic piece of the conservatory and be supporting a local artist, but will also contribute to the ongoing reconstruction efforts of the […]


Sculpture and Design With Recycled Glass

I am proud to be included in this first and most comprehensive book on the subject of recycled glass sculpture and design. Forty artists take the raw material of recycled glass and transform it into an astonishingly creative medium for sculpture and design. This “green” book is packed with photos of original recycled glass craft and sculpture representing emerging and established artists from Swaziland to […]