Tony Serviente

Glass, coffee and jazz. I cut, bend, solder, fuse, deform, weave, etch and use whatever technique it takes to coax the glass into shape. Come see and touch.

CONTACT INFORMATION

phone:
607-277-7770
e-mail:
tony@servienteglassstudios.com
website:
www.servienteglassstudios.com

ADDRESS

Serviente Glass Studios, 201 E. Tompkins Street, Ithaca, NY 14850

HOURS

Mon-Fri 9 to 5, Sat 11 to 5 (and Sundays on Open Studio Weekends.)

STUDIO DIRECTIONS

My studio is located on the corner of E. Tompkins Street and Utica Street. Tompkins is about seven blocks north of the Ithaca Commons.

BIO

I have always liked to be busy, and glass has been receptive to my caffeinated activities. My vitreous explorations began 27 years ago with stained glass. I built windows and lamps and taught classes of all ages and levels. In 1990 I spent a summer at the Pilchuck glass school and learned many new techniques, among them kiln and torch work, neon and glass blowing. I got back to my studio and immediately changed direction, focusing on the more arcane aspects of kiln forming. This continues to be my focus though I still teach, learn and maintain an active stained glass studio. My background as an electronics technician has contributed to the skills I need in this endeavor, including equipment fabrication, precise record keeping and an experimental approach to problem solving.

In my work, the creative spirit must have a friend in the scientific mind, so I am always trying to cultivate both. My designs are informed by my beliefs as a Quaker. I try to keep a sense of silence in the work while honoring the light that surrounds us all. I am inspired by the grand wonders of the cosmos as well as the pedestrian occurrences that fill my day.

When not in my studio I am spending time with my three kids and my wife, or playing up-tempo jazz on my alto saxophone. I am never bored.

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