Stephen Gartner and Danielle Blade
Gartner and Blade Glass is the work of Stephen Gartner and Danielle Blade. Business partners since 1995, Danielle and Stephen combine their individual ideas, techniques and experiences to create original works in hand blown and sculpted glass. Over the past decade, they have been developing a series of pieces that explore their mutual fascination with the use of found objects in the rituals of primitive cultures. In these pieces, they hope to convey a reverence for and an understanding of the value of our natural resources.
Natural elements such as bone, antler, wood, vines, fossils and rock formations have inspired their signature designs, which include covered vessels and sculptural objects. Their work combines traditional handblown technique with innovative color application and original sculpting techniques. Prior to opening their own studio, both Stephen and Danielle studied with prominent American and European glass artists. Both worked as glass house gaffers and glassblowing instructors. Danielle and Stephen’s work resides in both public and private collections worldwide and is represented by both national and international art and fine craft galleries.