Art Ciccotti grew up in Southern California, married, and moved to Ames, Iowa. He attended Iowa State University and graduated as an Art and Design major with an emphasis in Art Education. While attending Iowa State, he became part of the glassblowing club, “The Gaffers’ Guild.” There he learned the basics of glassblowing. After graduating in 1987, Ciccotti built his first studio. Over the years, he attended workshops around the U.S. to learn different techniques and hone his skills as a glassblower. As years passed, Ciccotti moved to a smaller town outside of Ames and rebuilt his studio, which is now known throughout the Midwest as Ciccotti Art Glass.
"On evenings and weekends I am usually working in my studio creating things from glass. I enjoy the physical challenge of working with a material that starts out as a white hot fluid and then ends up next day in a solid form that can be held. I hope my work also brings enjoyment to you for years to come."
~Art Ciccotti, Owner
Ciccotti Art Glass
Art Ciccotti Gallery
I am mostly self-taught as a glassblower. Over the years I have attended workshops around the U.S., learning techniques and honing the skills that fuel my passion for this ancient craft. My current designs have roots in Venetian glass working techniques. The use of a roll up of glass (tocar pierre) allows me to put together designs that can vary from the random composition of a Garden Walk Platter to a very controlled design using cane and murrine. Bright colors and curvilinear forms are the design elements I prefer to work with. I enjoy exploring new color combinations, shapes, and functionality. As my skill level increases so does the complexity of the designs and techniques. I am not sure I can say that I have a favorite thing to make. Usually whatever I am making at the time is my favorite thing.
Making art is a passion for me. I blow glass because of the rush of seeing an object take shape from a white hot mass to a finished piece. After weeks of planning, sometimes months, the design comes together in a piece within a short period of time. It is intense! My objective is to produce a piece of work that not only is unique but that brings a sense of visual and tactile pleasure.
The theme running through my work relates to the natural world—flowers, weather, animals. My intent is not to recreate these things exactly, but to make visual reference to them. These things have a natural beauty to which we can connect.
Influential to my career have been artists like Henry Moore and Gauguin, and contemporary glassblowers such as Elio Quarisa, Lino Tagliapietra, William Morris, and David Patchen. Henry Moore has influenced me by the abstract and organic nature of his sculpture work. I am attracted to the work of Gauguin because of his use of a bright color palate.
Elio Quarisa and Lino Tagliapietra brought their Venetian glassblowing background to America. Their work is an inspiration to me for its style and technique. William Morris and David Patchen (American glassblowers) have blended Italian techniques with their own personal styles producing unique glasswork in America. The direction of my work reflects some of the characteristics of those whose work I admire. In my work, you will see some bright colors combined with abstract forms. You will also see influence of Venetian glassblowing techniques combined with my own ideas to produce my own unique work. My work and style is always evolving as I grow as a person and an artist.