Johnny Glass began his glass career in Los Angeles, CA, where he was first introduced to glass at Santa Monica College. In 2008 he formed Glass by Glass LLC and began traveling the west coast art show markets. In 2012, Johnny decided to expand his market and finish his BFA by returned to Knoxville, Tennessee, where he grew up, and to open Glass by Glass’s east coast mobile hotshop. Johnny received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Majoring in Glass from Tennessee Technological University's, Appalachian Center for Crafts in 2016, Graduating Cum Laude with his body of work “Self in Reflection” .
Glass by Glass studios is a bi-coastal glassblowing Mobile Hotshop Extravaganza.
Glass by Glass, has made it their mission to bring a new awareness and interest back to the art of glass. Johnny has designed and constructed all his own studio equipment to be completely mobile. In addition to being a producer of finely handcrafted glass works of art that can be found at 30 plus museum, and galleries around the nation, Glass by Glass can bring a full glassblowing studio and have it operational and in your facility for demos and also glassblowing lessons.
2016- 2017 were big years for Johnny and GbyG, preforming thousands of live glass demo’s throughout the US. From craft fairs, public schools, music venues to museums, Glass by Glass Studios participated in over 30 plus festivals in 6 states. In the 2016 Johnny’s work was selected to participate in the best of Tennessee crafts annual show at the Reese museum. In the Summer of 2017 Johnny ran the glass studio at Buck’s Rock summer camp in New Milford, New York continuing his love for teaching.
In the fall of 2017, Johnny moved to New Orleans and took a teaching and MFA position at Tulane University. In the spring of 2019 Johnny received his Master of Fine Arts with honors from Tulane with his body of work entitled “Form Minus Function”. In 2020 he returned to working in his home studio in Rockford TN.
In 2020 Johnny started an apprentice’s program at his home studio. With the help of his 4 apprentices, Branson Black, Julie Fawn Boissea-Craig, John Marro and Marisa Mitchell, Johnny was able to created his most prolific body of Italian style cane and murrine blown forms to date. In addition to making lots of glass in 2020 Johnny also traveled. He drove across 27 states in 42 days, adding 9 new retail locations for his work, taking Glass by Glass’s representation to over 30 locations nationwide.
Johnny on channel 8 news