Thirty-three years ago, I stepped into a glass studio for the first time. I stood in awe of the possibilities inherent in working with molten glass. The brilliance of interplay between glass and light, the enormity of the color palette, the fluid qualities that make liquid glass unlike any other medium for rendering three dimensional forms. Amid the fire, the heat, the intensity, and an artistic camaraderie I hadn’t known, my passion for glass was born.
Working with this material regularly makes a student of its master, over and again. The experience can be quite humbling. With each incremental development, mastery of each new skill, every new awareness of its behavior, pathways open to more complex, more intriguing work and evermore discovery. This continual renewal and reward keep me in the glass studio working toward each new level of skill, capability and understanding that only comes from decades of experience. In my work, I strive to capture my genuine fascination with glass as an artistic medium hoping to share more and more interesting works so that others can experience and enjoy the wonder, the beauty and endless possibilities this peculiar material alone has to offer.
Daley Glass Works is the culmination of my partnership with Crenshaw Lighting in Floyd Va. Since 2000, a project would come along and in the spirit of our artisan community, Woody Crenshaw would extend an invitation to my shop Vitroyoyo Glass Studio, to quote the glass portion of the proposal. Over time this gesture became a more regular opportunity to work together. In 2017, the Daley family became the new owners of Crenshaw Lighting. The rest is history.
My studio was relocated from an old barn I repurposed near Goose Creek and is currently housed within Crenshaw Lighting. Together, we continue to provide for the architectural lighting industry, creating unique and unusual glass elements for restorations as well as custom designs for renovations and new construction. Our clients include interior designers, architects, and specifiers over a variety of large-scale open space projects such as museums, opera houses, theaters, houses of worship, state capitol buildings, federal buildings, universities, private residences and so on.
Between these projects, I continue to explore my own work with the support of my benefactors and business partners Patrick and Kasey Daley.