2306 258th St, Ames (Napier)
www.ciccottiartglass.com and www.facebook.com/Ciccotti-Art-Glass
In his Napier based studio, just outside of Ames, Art Ciccotti bends and pulls molten glass to create one of a kind vases, platters, wall installations and more. Art is a Southern California native who moved to Ames and received his degree in Art and Design from Iowa State University in 1987. He found his passion there when he began learning glassblowing basics as a member of The Gaffers’ Guild, ISU’s glassblowing club. Aside from attending various workshops post-graduation, he is a mostly self-taught glassblower. Art’s techniques are heavily influenced by Venetian glass work, which is evident in his use of curvilinear forms and colorful glass. He enjoys exploring different color combinations, shapes and levels of functionality. Art’s work stands as a visual homage to natural forms like flowers, weather and animals; he strives to connect his work to the natural beauty of these things. If you have the perfect piece of unique glasswork in mind, Art takes custom orders and even offers lessons for all experience levels. You can see more of Ciccotti Art Glass’s work at www.ciccottiartglass.com or contact the studio directly at (515) 231-1267. The studio is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday noon to 4pm, Tuesday noon to 8pm, Saturday 10am to 4pm, or by appointment— Art just asks that you call ahead before coming to visit!
The Ames Area Studio Tour on Oct. 10 (10am - 4pm) and 11 (noon- 4pm) will be a great time to visit. No need to call ahead that weekend. Art will be in his studio hard at work, showing you how it's done.