William Glassner has
worked independently in creating glass art since
1978. Often admired by his contemporaries, his work
has focused on several different techniques over his
Glassner’s background in glass
making began after receiving his Bachelor of Arts
degree in 1969 from the University of Rochester in
Rochester, NY. He has taken workshops from some of
the best artists in the world including Lino
Tagliapietra, Stephen Dee Edwards and Gianni Toso.
He has visited many Swedish glass studios and was an
apprentice at The Rochester Folk Art Guild Studio.
His work is now part of the permanent glass
collection at the world renowned Corning Museum in
The current work of William
Glassner focuses on simple forms made with a single
color transparent glass with additional molten glass
textured leaves added to the outside of each piece.
This is called his Leaf Applique Series. His most
recent work is his Carved Series. These pieces
venture in to the ancient tradition of carving away
the smooth, shiny surface of the glass vessel. The
surface is wheel carved by hand, using traditional
“cut glass” methods, with custom made diamond
impregnated wheels to achieve a randomly faceted
effect of various patterned lines. The precision
craftsmanship required to ”pull off” these
incredible designs comes from years of experience.
The pieces are acid etched and finished with an oil
or chemical treatment.
3 Color Battuto Tapered
Flat 2 Sided Battuto Vessel