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2024 Ohio Artist Registry Juried Exhibition

Alexander Hartke

Glass Artist, teacher Toledo Museum of Art, Glass PavilionEducation
Home 2732 Northvale Dr.
Oregon Ohio 43616 United States
Cell Phone: 5673952341 Membership: October 16, 2023 Website: Hotshophermit


Sandy Hartke grew up in Los Angeles, California and spent most of his time with his family going to museums and art galleries.  He has always had a fascination with gemstones in the vaults of the Los Angeles Museum of Natural History because of their delicate presentation.  When he was in high school, he had a weekend apprenticeship in a San Diego glassblowing studio, where he was exposed to glass in hands on lessons.  He later attended college at the Appalachian Center for Craft at Tennessee Technological University, where he learned how to blow glass, the fundamentals of cold glass manipulation, and studio maintenance.  He then moved to Nelsonville, Ohio where he earned his Associate of Business Degree with a concentration in glassblowing from Hocking Community College.  He then transferred to Bowling Green State University where he earned his Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree.  Currently working at the Toledo Museum of Art, Glass Pavilion as a technician, he finds passion in the work he does to help others experience glass everyday.  With the help of friends and family, a collaborative effort to build a glass working studio in his garage, where he works to make delicate flower sculptures, teach lessons, and inspire others to work, collaborate and share the joys of glass together.

Artist Statement

The exploration of glass is much like learning a universal language.  There are a multiple facets as to how a person interprets ideas, materials, and processes.  Glass invites play just as much as other mediums do, but always carries a broad sense of wonder.  Glass has provided humans with the means to do anything, and is the most important resource we use today.  In sharing art and ideas with others, I approach my work from multiple angles, such as coldworking, through heavy carving and polishing, large scale blown sculptures, and delicate small scale works with an emphasis on realism.  The universal language of glass speaks to me like anybody else.