"GartnerBlade is the collaborative work of Danielle Blade & Stephen Gartner. Business partners since 1996, the combine our ideas, techniques and experiences to create original works in both blown and sculpted hot glass. We are continually developing a series of pieces that explores our interpretation of objects used in rituals and worship. The inspiration for these pieces begins with our mutual fascination with the many vessels and sculptural objects that are revered in the rituals of both primitive and contemporary cultures. Natural elements such as bone, wood, vine and rock formations combine with our highly original color palette to inform our signature pieces. Our work merges traditional hand blown glass techniques with innovative color applications and original sculpting techniques. "
-Danielle Blade & Stephen Gartner
Stephen began his glass making career as a lampworker in 1993, making animal figurines, paperweights, and floral sculptures. He and Danielle met in 1996 and opened their first glass shop together in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
Danielle began her journey at an apprenticeship at Isle of Wight Glass. She later moved to the US in 1985. In the days prior to GartnerBlade, Danielle studied with prominent American and European glass artists and has worked as a glasshouse gaffer and instructor.