My artistic endeavors have led me to explore a wide variety of media. After studying ceramics for several years,I,like many other potters, discovered the excitement of working with glass. In 1996, I went to Seattle and took classes at The Seattle Glass Blowing Studio. I was seriously hooked!
When I came back to Boise with no hot shop in the area, I continued to do pottery and began doing smaller scale glasswork on a torch in a garage. Fortunately, in 1998 I met Pete Lanigan who wanted to build a hotshop in Boise. He had been in California working for his uncle, Jon Barber, a glass blower who was taught by one of the greats, Erwin Eich. Pete and I got some bricks and metal and built a rough, but functional shop.
After I did my apprenticing for several months, Pete and I started Lanigan and Zion Glass. That's where I spent three years completely absorbed by the wonders and fascination of working with molten glass. Finally, in 2001 I built and am running my own shop in the mountains of Robie Creek where my wife Colbie and I run Zion Warne Studios. In the mix of all of this we have also started a glass blowing school (Zion Mountain Art Glass Inc.). This is where me and others can work glass in an inspiring place.
There is nothing more exciting than the flow of the team working as one unit, continuously spinning and moving the piece until it's completion. As a glass artist I strive to create not only something that is pleasing to the eye, but also something that might confuse it.