Mike Gann’s glass-blowing journey began in 1990. After seeing a television show, he decided to take a class in Asheville, NC and returned after the 3-day course excited and determined to build his own studio right beside his home in Hartsville, SC.
2016 marks his 10th year blowing glass. In 2015, when they married, his wife Meagan began to learn the basics of blowing glass and works alongside her husband in their shop. Together they continue to add new skills and refine their technique each year. In the headshot photo, they are standing underneath the blue glass chandelier pictured below.
Their favorite aspect of working with glass is the challenges it presents. Glass-blowing requires working with temperatures above 2000 degrees F and using basic hand tools to shape the glass. The process demands one’s complete attention, so there is no room for thinking about day-to-day problems or Mike’s day job with Duke Energy. There is a sufficient variety of shapes, colors and techniques to keep the couple busy and happy for this lifetime.