By John & Jennie Elias
Elias Studios is a hot glass studio located in the coastal village of Westport, Massachusetts. John and Jennie Elias, a husband and wife team, have worked together since 1991 to create a line of colorful, functional, blown glass items that bring art to everyday life! John does all the blowing and Jennie handles all aspects of running a busy production glass studio without standing in front of a two thousand degree furnace!
Their specialty is unique color combinations. John patterns the glass using small chips of colored glass called “frit” and each one is individually blown using traditional glass techniques. “I enjoy playing with unique color combinations combined with layering which can evoke a remembered visual experience: a garden, a Tiffany window, a Monet painting, a bird…each piece bringing a surprise of unexpected, personal visual imagery to the viewer. Unlike my work in clay, I appreciate the immediacy of glass and the demands of being completely focused on each step in the blowing process.”