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BIOGRAPHIES

Tom Sourlis

Born in 1947 in Gary, Indiana, Tom Sourlis has pursued a lifelong interest in arts and crafts through weaving, painting and flat glasswork. He studied architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology for four years, quitting school to go into VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America).

 

In 1974, he began making stained glass windows and lampshades which led to a 50 year fascination with glass lamps beginning with Tiffany style and moving into more contemporary, sculptural forms; 
all of his work being driven by his enduring, reverential connection to nature.

 

Working in concert at Uroboros Glass in Portland, Orgeon, with fellow glass luminary Eric Lovell, 
Tom has recently experimented with and created unique varieties of sheet glass. He continues his experimentation and visionary search to discover new ways to produce beautiful glass objects.

For the past 20 years Sourlis Glass Studio has focused on glass fusing and has pioneered in the area of "thin fusing". The thin fusing techniques allow for the creation of featherweight pieces without the loss of depth or detail. "Thin Fusing" was first shown at the Milwaukee Art Museum show featuring furniture designs of Charles Rohlfs and SGS which ran from June - September 2009. Since then the process has been continually improved and taught in classes throughout the Midwest.

 

Twyla Butler

Twyla Butler’s fascination with glass started in 1993 in her hometown of Hobart Indiana. Mastering the copper foil and lead techniques she quickly moved on to mosaic and fused glass. This lead to instructing employee art classes for major corporations in the region.

 

Twyla’s other art work includes sterling silver jewelry, mixed metal jewelry and photography.

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