Wayne started his professional career as a geologist; quickly realizing that a higher degree was the key to a more challenging future. After earning a Master’s Degree in engineering from the University of Arizona he spent 30 years as a mining engineer working on projects all over the world … gold, copper, lead, zinc, molybdenum and other hard rock minerals.
Early on Wayne realized that he had another creative desire that led him to black and white photography and then to glass. He first learned stained glass techniques in 1979. He followed this hobby for many years perfecting his technique using his engineering skills to create pieces that were not only pleasing to the eye but structurally sound. His cuts were made with unique precision resulting in pieces with a depth of detail not often achieved by the hobbyist.
After retiring from the mining industry, he discovered kiln-fused glass. He started with creating birds, flowers, and butterflies for the garden. Not long after his first lesson the student became the teacher, quickly acquiring a following of students wanting to learn his techniques for “garden art.”
Wayne has now moved on to include focal point sculptural glass objects, unique themed plates, woven pieces and vessels. His passion is to push the “envelope” of his creativity and experiment with techniques to produce objects of beauty and often with a bit of whimsy. He takes inspiration from nature and sometimes the style of other artists he admire – but his work is always a reflection of his attention to structure detail and characteristics of the glass he is working with.
Wayne is also an accomplished Argentine Tango dancer, teacher and DJ. He is “artist in residence” and teaches creative glass fusion at Western Art Glass in Salt Lake City. He has won awards in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Wayne accepts custom and commissioned work.
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