atx Glassblower 18+
2830 Real Street, Austin, Tx, 78722
Hey! I'm Griff and I decided to quit my job in the pursuit of a greater happiness. GriffGlass is what I found : )
Imagine Art —Where every life is a work of art! 2830 Real Street, Austin, Tx 78722
Photography Credits —David Carrale Photography - @davidcarrales
It was back in 2014 when I truly noticed glass art for the first time. Since then, my life and goals have changed. I've decided I truly want to make pieces of art that do precisely what they did to me when I first saw them. I want to create the same emotions I felt. I want to introduce you to lampworking.
The glass fixation began in the latter months of 2014 when my girlfriend at the time surprised me with a groupon to a local glass blowing studio (Luke Adams Glass).
I was immediately obsessed!
The free flowing liquid state of the molten glass had me fascinated and left me wondering about the infinite possibilities of what I could create myself.
Fast forward to May 2015
It wasn't until I visited a local lampworkers' booth (Katie from Glass Sails) at the Gaspee Days Arts and Craft Fair in Warwick, RI that I realized I could create these beautiful pieces on a hand torch.
And there goes my mind...
I was consumed.
Blogs, Forums,Facebook groups
Research Research Research!
Torchtalk, r/lampwork, and The Melting Pot, littered the tabs of my iPhone safari browser. It was all I could think of: I can create literally anything I dream of with that torch. This is something I can actually do! I can actually create a studio and do this. Myself! No limiting instructors at studios. No confinements. Anything I want.
I got lost in glass. It was all I could focus on. It didn't matter if it was a friend's piece I was smoking out of or a insanely detailed pendant/marble at a craft fair. I became fixated on the vision of the artist. Every piece seemed to hold infinity within itself. As if in a trance, I could so easily get lost in the colors and details of each piece. And now with the knowledge that I could create this on my own, the race was on to start piecing together my very own studio.
Which brings us to the present moment...
Over the years I've realized I'm not happy working a 9-5. I require a creativity dump - an outlet to pour my thoughts and expressions into; without that I'm truly lost. I need lampworking and I need you, too. Thank you for allowing me to share my story. Please check back regularly to follow my day to day progress.
"It got me really, really, really, really, really high, bro." — Kyle Fournier
"Just bought a necklace & I love it! Needed some help and he messaged right back. Product was exactly as described & is gorgeous! I love supporting local people who make amazing artwork " — Skye Budney
"I'm following Griff's creations from Canada. Though I'm pretty recent to this page, from what I see its beautiful pieces looks like excellent quality with passion and time put into each piece. It's inspiring to see, especially having this dream myself to be a glass worker. Keep up the great work :)— Krystal Lyons
"FWWWAAAAUUUUURRR Griff Glass is the pinnacle of glass my man's dat dere aesthetic piece of unholy machinery got my glutes firing on allll circuits!!! 10/10 requires a new paradigm of life I cried rainfalls! Feelsgoodman "— Kevin Kim
"I've followed GriffGlass since it was just an unnamed thought bubble in Steve's head. I'm happy to say he's doing incredible, creating quality pieces that are just beautiful. I gave my sister a spacey keychain and my mother a teardrop ornament for Christmas. They loved them! And I adore my first edition icicle ornament. Follow Steve and his journey and I'm sure he'll be famous some day." — Amanda McCormick