photo of seascape paperweight on a table

handblown glass paperweight sitting on a table

handblown glass paperweight, green and clear sitting on a table

photo of fireapple paperweight sitting on a table

30Glass blower Matthew Paskiet is a native of “The Glass City” Toledo, Ohio. He began his study of glassblowing at The Toledo Museum of Art in 1993. After his studies there,  he was accepted to one of the most famous glass schools in the world. The Pilchuck Glass School was founded in 1971 by glass artist Dale Chihuly. Mr. Chihuly may be the most well-known glass artist in the United States. Matt also refined his skills assisting Chihuly’s Boathouse Studio team in a major installation. Matt has trained with some of the finest glass makers. With this influence, Paskiet creates this stunning artwork. 

Matthew says, “I see the artist as creator. We take raw material and transform it into objects that hold aesthetic significance, creating beauty from virtually nothing. Despite my critical eye, a sense of wonder emerges every time I cast my first gaze upon a finished piece. The object I hold in my hand today was nothing more than an idea and a pool of molten liquid yesterday.”