Gartner Blade Glass is the work of Stephen Gartner and Danielle Blade. Business partners since 1995 Danielle and Stephen combine their individual ideas, techniques and experiences to create original works in hand-blown and sculpted glass, over the past decade they have been developing a series of pieces that explores their interpretation of objects of ritual and worship. The inspiration for these pieces is rooted in nature and begins with their mutual fascination with the use of found objects in the rituals of primitive cultures. In these pieces they hope to convey a reverence for and an understanding of the value of our natural resources.
Natural elements such as bone, antler, wood, vines, fossils and rock formations have inspired their signature designs which include covered vessels, chalices and sculptural amulets.
Their work combines traditional hand-blown techniques with the innovative color application and original sculpting techniques.
Prior to opening their own studio both Stephen and Danielle studied with prominent American and European glass artists. Both worked as glasshouse gaffers and glassblowing instructors.
Danielle Blade, born in 1967, on the Isle of Wight, England and is the daughter of British glass artist Martin Evans. Danielle moved to the United States in 1985. Danielle resides in the village of Ashley Falls, MA.
Stephen Gartner, born 1964, in Phoenix, AZ, grew up in southern United States and Europe. Stephen is a passionate and creative guitarist, and spends much of his free time playing. Stephen also reside in Ashley Falls, MA.