Fritz Talk!


Fritz Dreisbach:

Where Were You in ’62? How It Really Started: An Anecdotal Account of the Early Years of American Studio Glass 

Fritz Dreisbach spun a fine tale of the history of the American Glass movement at the Community Theatre on Friday, March 13. Called the “Johnny Appleseed of Glass,” Dreisbach is one of America’s glass royalty. Silhoueted before a big screen showing archival photos of his colorful past, the effervescent Dreisbach spun stories of the studio glass movement in the U.S. to the delight of a nearly packed house.

Presented by the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (IMA) as part of the Art As A Voice lecture series and arranged by its exhibition committee, Fritz’ talk broadened the discussion of the art of glass – a playful and joyous take on glass blowing and a unique perspective on modern glass in the Pacific Northwest. 

Combining his two loves of glass and travel, Dreisbach continues to create art, consult for glass factories, teach workshops, and present lectures around the world. He has presented hundreds of lectures and demonstrations in more than 180 institutions the past 48 years in North America, Europe and Asia. Fritz Dreisbach lives and works in Freeland, on Whidbey Island. He is developing a series of wheel-carved and cameo-cut glasses, in addition to his singular exhibition pieces: playful goblets, trick glasses and toy vehicles. Dreisbach was awarded the 1993 Corning Glass Museum’s Rakow Commission and elected a Fellow of the American Crafts Council in 1988. His glass is represented in numerous global public and private collections, including the Corning Museum of Glass, The Smithsonian and Toledo Museum of Art.

Learn more at his website

Past Art As A Voice presentations offered to the island community have included such art and artists as Kurt Wenner, Art Wolfe, Ernie Brooks, Phil Borges and Ansel Adams. IMA’s current exhibitions, ILLUMINATED, Glass by William Morris, 1998-2013, and GLASS3 by Raven Skyriver, Shelley Muzylowski and Ross Richmond, are open Fridays through Mondays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with free admission. Coming May 23: Spineless: Portraits of Marine Invertebrates, the Backbone of Life by wildlife photographer Susan Middleton.