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Thomas Maras

  • Any particular day usually begins and ends with glass. Dancing with molten glass is customary, although the dance changes from one day to the next. The unlimited possibilities of the glass blowing process is challenging in itself.  What will I make today? And how about tomorrow?   
    Blowing glass requires skill and experience, as the process is very immediate. I enjoy working my glass hot. I have the freedom of transforming 2100 degree molten glass to a piece of art, ready for use the following day. Glass has a reflective quality unlike any other medium and I love the pure translation of color. Creating art is taking risks by defining something original from your perspective and skill. Glass-blowing is both my passion and my lifeline. 
  • Born in Iowa and raised in Minnesota, Thomas Maras has been blowing glass for nearly twenty years and has been creating glass art in the twin cities since 1998. He holds a BA from Minnesota State University-Moorhead. While there, he met his future wife Rebecca in a ceramics class. They now work together on all aspects of their business, Maras Glass LLC.  They recently moved their studio to picturesque Hudson, Wisconsin on the St. Croix river, just east of St. Paul, Minnesota. If you get a chance to visit Hudson, you might very well catch them working in their studio. 
    Art Fair on the Square, Madison, WI. Invitational Artist Award, 2003,2007-2009.
    Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Denver, CO
    Lakefront Festival of the Arts, Milwaukee, WI
    Artigas Fine Arts Festival, Jupiter, FL. Best of Show, 2009. Best of Glass, 2008, Merit Award, 2007.
    Naples National Art Festival
    Smithsonian Craft Show, Washington, DC
    Gold Coast Art Fair, Chicago, IL Merit Award 2010
    Bonita Springs National Art Festival, Bonita Springs, FL
    St. Louis Art Fair, St. Louis, MO
    Des Moines Art Festival, Des Moines, IA Best of Glass 2007
    American Craft Exposition, Evanston, IL
    Marion Arts Festival, Marion, IA Best of Show, 2006
    Octagon Center for the Arts Regional Show, Ames, IA Honorable Mention Award, 2006. Second Place, 2007
    Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival, Winter Park, FL Merit Award
    Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, Tampa, FL
    College Hill Arts Festival, Cedar Falls, IA Awards of Excellence 2003, 2004.
    Carnegie Cultural Center, Luverne, Minnesota