Born in Toledo Ohio in 1945, Leon Applebaum grew up in what would become the birthplace of American studio glass and became intrigued by the molten material at a young age. He completed his BFA at the Massachusetts College of Art and then received his MA at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. Further education came at Orrefor’s Glass School in Sweden and the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Blown Glass Art
“The process of blowing glass has been my teacher for the past 35 years. I have developed glass blowing techniques for my work that captivate the fluid energy of hot glass, using fire, air centrifugal force, gravity, and tools to push and pull the glass.
I enjoy exploring the visual dimensions of massive glass and reflective interiors, using transparent colors so that light passes through and brings out the pure beauty and essence of glass.” - Leon Applebaum