Keeping the Fires Burning...
Glasscraft began in 1970 with the goal of sharing the essential tools, techniques and information with a growing community of glassworkers. Today we're still building on that original purpose as both a supplier of glassblowing equipment and a source of inspiration for lampworking artists and craftspeople.
It starts with a love of the craft. Glasscraft was founded by Homer Hoyt, a flameworking pioneer who literally wrote the book on the subject (Glassblowing, An Introduction, 1970). Homer was an influential teacher and artist who wanted to help the glass trade grow beyond its secretive, ancient traditions; now the company continues to fulfill his wish by offering workshops and educational opportunities, along with the raw material and tools needed to advance the art form.
...and the Dream Alive
When Glasscraft joined forces with Dave Winship and his company, Winship Designs, in 2009, we gained the participation of not only a great artist, but also the vision of an industry leader who shares the dream of expanding the potential of glasswork. Dave is an active member of his Eugene, Oregon community, participating in the Oregon Country Fair and Saturday Market, and he and his team are regulars on the Flame-Off show Circuit, participating in events around the country. Dave also sponsors the Becky Winship Scholarship (in honor of his sister) for the Glass Art Society and is a board member of the John Burton Program.
The current Glasscraft team, comprised of creative craftspeople and skilled technicians, are here to lend advise and expertise to our valued customers. That's our way of carrying on the traditions started by Homer and Dave - to contribute to the strength and growth of the glassworking community by sharing knowledge and providing the finest tools of the trade.
Either through Winship Designs or Glasscraft, Iíve been involved with supplying borosilicate lampworkers for almost 20 years. It all started back in 1983 when my wife Lisa and I moved to Eugene, Oregon after receiving our music degrees from the University of Idaho. Lisa and I were vendors at the Eugene Saturday Market when, like many of us here in the Pacific Northwest, we were introduced to art glass and the Studio Art Glass Movement. We incorporated glass into our crafts at Saturday Market and eventually worked our way into the supply side of things. Over the years, Iíve found the borosilicate distribution business to be very exciting, very dynamic. Glasscraft and Winship Designs, Inc. came together in 2009 and I feel really lucky to be working with the Denver crew carrying on the Hoyt legacy. One of the biggest challenges Iím engaged in right now is finding viable recycling opportunities for all of the borosilicate waste our industry is generating. Please let me know if you have any ideas.
Hello, Iím Buck Rudicel.
I was born and raised here in Oregon; where I have gladly raised our kids with my high school sweetheart. Iíve worn many hats over the years and am glad to find myself at GlassCraft where itís so important to have fun and I get to learn so much about the glass industry and artistry out there. I am another of the "non-glass blowers" but that hasnít stopped me from absorbing all I can from the people who know best Ė you the customer. Iím the new guy here starting at the end of 2014 but feel as though Iíve come home.
When you canít find me fishing, farming, or selling my own handmade crafts on Saturdays at the vendorsí market Iíll be at the Eugene store location trying to keep smiles on faces. Peace.
I fell in love with the pacific northwest at a young age and as soon as I was able, I moved to Eugene, Oregon where I pieced together a loving family and a veritable battle horde of hobbies into which I carefully deposit all of my time. I have been an artist all my life, never glass but many other mediums, and I couldnít be happier than I am here at Glasscraft, sitting front-row center with a killer view of the rich and diverse artistic community thriving locally and abroad.
Born and raised in the rugged wilderness of north Idaho, I escaped to find a place that actually had stuff going on. I discovered the quirky place that is Eugene, and enrolled at the University of Oregon. My first job in town while working my way through school was at a local smoke shop, which gave me my first exposure to and appreciation for glass art.
After graduating with a degree in Computer & Information Science, I worked for a web development firm through which I worked on building the new Glasscraft web site. After deciding to try something different, I got the opportunity to work directly for Glasscraft. It's been an exciting role, providing me a broad list of challenges, including maintaining and improving the website, Internet Marketing, and improving efficiency through new and existing technologies within the company. Once more, I find myself surrounded by glass, and I'm more in awe of the art than ever. It's funny where life takes you..