"Our inspirations are rooted in nature and born of a mutual fascination with the use of found objects in the rituals of primitive cultures. With this work, we hope to convey a reverence for and understanding of the preciousness of our natural resources."
Danielle Blade: The Artist

Originally from the Isle of Wight UK, Danielle is the daughter of British glass artist Martin Evans. After an apprenticeship at Isle of Wight Glass, Danielle moved to the US in 1985. She studied with prominent American and European glass artists and was employed as a glasshouse gaffer and a glassblowing instructor.

Danielle and her business partner Stephen Garner established GartnerBlade Glass in 1986. In this collaboration, they combine their ideas, techniques and experiences to create original works in both blown and sculpted hot glass. They are continually developing a series of pieces that explores their interpretation of objects used in rituals and worship. The inspiration for these pieces begins with their mutual fascination with the many vessels and sculptural objects that are revered in the rituals of both primitive and contemporary cultures. Natural elements such as bone, wood, vine and rock formations combine with their highly original color palette to inform their signature pieces. Their work merges traditional hand blown glass techniques with innovative color applications and original sculpting techniques.

“Danielle Blade’s work captures nature at its finest. The dynamic, swirling colors of her Strata series are like a beautifully aged tree trunk: evocative, mysterious, and magical.”

Eveline Ko, artist, founder of AEfolio and curator of the Masterworks Collection
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