Sam Stark, Glass Artist

Sam Stark is a glass artist working in Asheville, North Carolina out of his Stark Art Glass Studio.  Working from raw material to finished products, Sam creates functional glass, custom lighting and sculptural art glass inspired by the sea.

In each piece Sam creates his own colors through melting sand into glass.  Employing traditional glass techniques, with his own developed over 46 years of working with molten glass, Sam’s work is distinctive.

He builds all the fastening systems to hold the work on the wall. The chandeliers, all the metal and glass are made by him in his studio.

Sam Stark

I first saw glass blowing at 5 years of age, drawn to it like a moth to a flame. Fortune went my way at 13 years of age  began to blow glass.It was like running away to join the Circus.In the right place at the right time I was pulled into what became the Studio Art Glass movement lead by Harvey Littleton.

I had the good fortune to study with some the greatest living glass blowers  and artists of the 20th century. Everyday I learn from those experiences as I work glass in my studio. After 47 years of working glass it is more exciting now than ever.

​As artists, we are some of the last true explorers of our age.  Each piece an expedition into the unknown creating objects and pieces that had not and may never have existed, if not for our endeavors. Driven by visions, ideas, emotions and a fearlessness to create something that has never been made before. A life not in the realm of the everyday conventions of reality, but somewhere between fantasy and perception

“ Explorers and Artists never really know where they are going but they know they’re going somewhere no one has yet to venture, as they trek into the unknown”