The familiar essence of glass is derived from a manufactured utilitarian need. Processes in hand forming glass undermine these attributes and in effect give my work purpose.It is my desire to produce sculpture that communicates progression while paying respect to traditional processes and their survival in the present. My ideas owe more to natural forms and my deference for the material than to consciousness obscurity.
Greg Fidler was born in 1970 and raised in the Catawba Valley of North Carolina. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Cultural Anthropology from Franklin Pierce College in New Hampshire.Through the 1990s, he worked in many glass studios from Maine to Seattle while also attending classes at The Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA., The Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle., ME., and The Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC.In 2000, Greg received his Master of Arts degree from the University of Illinois and was awarded the Glass Residency at the Penland School of Crafts for the years 2001-2004. Along with Brent Cole, he founded Ipso Facto Productions. In 2004, Greg opened a personal glass studio in Bakersville, NC.