Bill working a vase with a pair of blocksWe have always decorated our bodies. It is believed that after painting the body itself and adorning it with natural objects, humans developed beads as the next form of adornment. In the history of glass, beads are among the earliest creations. I like being part of this living tradition and am proud to make an original contribution to the ever-evolving variety of styles and techniques.  William Glasner


Since opening my studio in 1978, I’ve created works in hand blown glass that have been exhibited and collected throughout the United States, as well as in Canada and the Far East. Four blown vessels using three different decorative techniques are included in the permanent collection of the Corning Museum of Glass, and the jewelry is represented by the Museum Store. Other pieces are pictured in the landmark books Glass: State of the Art (Habatat Galleries) and Contemporary Glass (Corning Museum of Glass), as well as in Glass Now (Japan) and New Glass Review.


Carving a blown vaseDuring a1982 trip to Venice, I was first exposed to the traditional batutto technique of faceting and otherwise carving the surface of glass objects. Years of experimentation with this and other glass carving techniques in my studio resulted in a series of fabricated sculptures and a line of blown glass vases, bowls, and perfume bottles.


In 2005, I was inspired to scale down the carving process to create jewelry-sized objects. Commissioning an assortment of custom made small diameter diamond-impregnated abrasive wheels opened up a world of smaller scale carving possibilities resulting in the range of styles and designs showcased in my jewelry.

blowing a vase


Selected Exhibitions, Museums, and Galleries:

American Craft Museum, New York City
Americans in Moscow - Corning Museum sponsored show of American Glass in USSR
Appalachian Spring, Washington, DC
Corning Museum of Glass (four pieces in permanent collection)
Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO
del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles
Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY
The Glass Gallery, Bethesda, MD
Glass Now (7 years), Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, JAPAN
Habatat Galleries, Southfield, MI
Heller Gallery, New York City
Huntington Museum, Huntington, WV
International Exhibition of Glass Craft, JAPAN
Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY
Musee des Arts Decoratif, Paris, FRANCE
New Bedford Glass Museum, New Bedford, MA
New York State Museum, Albany, NY
North American Glass (1st Prize, 1994), Guilford Handcrafts Center, Guilford, CT
Owens-Illinois Arts Center, Toledo, OH
Roberson Center for Arts and Sciences, Binghamton, NY
Seekers Gallery, Cambria, CA
Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, ENGLAND
Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore, MD
Wheaton Glass Museum, Wheaton, NJ


Selected Publications:

American Craft Magazine
Contemporary Glass (Corning Museum of Glass)
Glass: State of the Art (Habatat Galleries)
New American Glass, Focus II (Huntington Museum)
New Glass: A Worldwide Survey (Corning Museum of Glass)
New Glass Review
The New York Times


Born: Baltimore, MD; 1947
Education:  Workshops with Lino Tagliapietra, Stephen Dee Edwards, Gianni Toso; assistant to Asa Brandt in Torshalla, Sweden; visits to Swedish glass studios and factories; visits to Venice/Murano; apprentice Rochester Folk Art Guild Glass Studio 1973-1978; B.A., University of Rochester, Rochester, NY


William lives with his family in an 1860’s farmhouse outside the village of Victor in the Finger Lakes region of western New York. He maintains his studio in a converted dairy barn. Other interests include Zydeco dancing, service on the Town’s Comprehensive Planning Committee, and harassing the family cat. William continues to be active in the Rochester Folk Art Guild, where he serves on the Board of Directors.

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