I was born and raised in Ohio, a great place for a glass lover to grow up.Ohio is the home of Belmont, Imperial, and Heisley Glass Companies.When I was a child my Aunt purchased demitasse sets from Imperial for my pretend tea parties.My love of crystal, of anything glass started when I was very young.I grew up and moved to Florida and my passion for glass took a back seat to everyday life.While serving on the steering committee of Gulf Coast Museum of Art in Largo, Florida I became reacquainted with art, and particularly glass art.There was no instruction in kiln formed glass in the area, so I spent a couple years blowing glass at Phoenix Glass Studio in Tampa, Florida.That experience gave me the confidence to purchase a kiln and begin teaching myself glass fusing.
After several hundred experiments, some successful and some not, I taught myself the basics of kiln formed glass. To continue my glass education I found some excellent fusing classes in Portland, Oregon and Corning, New York.Every year I try to attend class at one of these glass centers.With each class came a new technique, and each technique inspired fresh ideas and creativity.
“Color and Motion” have always been my inspiration.While the glass is molten, my first instinct is to open the kiln lid and comb the glass creating spontaneous swirls of color.
I have been teaching glass fusing classes at all levels on a wide variety of techniques since 2001.I love being around other glass enthusiasts.In early 2010 Dixon-Ballog Glass Gallery and teaching studio opened in the Riverchase area of Pelham, Alabama. We're a Bullseye Resource Center and I now teach full time.
My glass art has won numerous awards from Ohio to Florida and is displayed in several galleries in the Midwest and North.Locally my art can be found at Dixon-Ballog Glass Gallery in Pelham and Artists Incorporated in Vestavia Hills.
Trained as a scientist in biochemistry and molecular genetics, kiln-formed glass speaks to the scientist and the artist within. Every new design idea becomes an experiment in which the chemical properties of the glass, the creative concept and the reflection and absorption of light all uniquely combine to bring the project to life. Inspiration for my work comes from everything around me – nature, structures, design elements, and unique color combinations. The many techniques used in kiln-formed glass allow for endless ways in which to express creative inspiration – moving me to further exploration.
I have no formal art education but have been surrounded by the exceptional artwork of other family members and art enthusiasts all my life. My love for glass began early on with the cut glass and colored glass vessels my mother had collected. As an adult I began working with glass in the form of mosaics in the late 1990’s. I was self taught and those pieces I created were either for my own collection or given as gifts to family or friends.
With my first fused glass class with Deborah Ballog my obsession with the medium began. Since then I have taken intermediate and advanced classes in fusing and a kiln-cast glass class in Portland, OR at the Bullseye Glass Resource Center.
I have shown my work at the annual Alabama Designer/Craftsmen show in early November at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens and at a 2 women show with artist Elenor Conn at What’s on Second in Birmingham, AL. One of my piece’s, Dichro Maze, was on display at the Reynolds Medical History Library at the UAB Lister Hill Library. I was awarded first place in the faculty category for this entry in the annual art exhibit for faculty, residents and students with the UAB School of Medicine.
In addition to art work, vessels and jewelry, I accept commissions and recently completed an installation of custom glass accent tile for a local family. Currently my work is on display in Dixon-Ballog Glass Gallery & Studio.
Hank is native of Baltimore, Maryland, and a retired Department of Defense official who now makes his home in Hoover, Alabama. He has lived in the Birmingham area since 1992 and rediscovered his photographic interest upon retiring from the Defense Department in 2003.
He initially developed his interest in photography while in the Armed Services and has been using his camera to capture the light in the forms, colors, and textures of the visual world from the south central Pennsylvania mountains to the Sierra Nevada Range of Northern California and the California Coastal Range; and now in the rural and urban areas throughout Alabama and the southeast.
Being trained as a certified Army Instructor in Behavioral and Organizational Dynamics, he has since parlayed those skills into developing and teaching classes in Digital Photography for Beginners, and related classes dealing with everything from using your computer and camera effectively to classes dedicated to developing specific photographic techniques and skills. Hank also lectures on photography in terms of Capturing the Light to Create Memorable Images and The Photographer as Artist.
He has been displayed in various venues throughout the Birmingham area including the LIGHT BOX GALLERY at Pepper Place, THE COMMISSARY on Overton Road, and the SOON-BOK LEE SELLERS GALLERY in Bluff Park.
His photography has won awards at annual photography exhibitions at the Gadsden Museum of Art and the Dempsey Art Center in Auburn, Alabama.