Gifts of Art presents Firenation: An Odyssey in Cast & Blown Glass
Matthew J. Paskiet
Toledo, Ohio and Holland, Michigan artist Matthew J. Paskiet began glassblowing in 1993 at the Toledo Museum of Art. In 2002, he formed Firenation, ltd., his current glass studio and gallery. For the past five years, he’s also been working in the Ohio Arts Council’s artist in residency program, and he has taught kiln cast glass in schools across Ohio. Traditionally, he works in blown and or off-hand sculpture, leaning towards the abstract. His Conversation series included in this exhibition is an attempt to deal with loss and the fragility of life while realizing the illusion of invincibility from a manmade world.