I began blowing glass in 1973 and opened my own studio in 1978. I have concentrated on series and limited production in a variety of techniques and styles. The Corning Museum of Glass includes four of my pieces in its permanent collection, and my work has been represented by galleries and shops nationwide. In the last few years, I have transitioned to making hand-carved art glass jewelry from furnace pulled tubing (www.williamglasner.com).
Since opening my studio, I have melted various cullets and batch. Although my glass quality has always been considered quite good, dissatisfaction with the glass I was melting led me to research other options
In the fall of 2004, I received my first shipment of Glasma 705. Although another Glasma formula had previously been offered for sale in the USA, this was the first time that the 705 batch, specifically tailored for studio use, was melted in a studio in this country. I was so impressed with its superior quality, working characteristics, and ease of melting that I arranged to become the North American distributor of Glasma 705. In 2006, I created Studio Glass Batch, LLC to facilitate distribution.
I am not looking to get rich from this. But since I tried this batch, I am spoiled and cannot go back to the alternatives that I am familiar with. The 705 is just so far superior in every respect. Since it is only cost effective to import this stuff by the container load of 20 metric tons at a time and I am a small studio, being the distributor makes it feasible for me to import the 705 for my own and colleagues' use. If I can help others improve the quality of their work and enable the glass community to conserve fossil fuels by using this lower melting temperature glass, so much the better. Bill Glasner
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