Charles Miner began his career as a glass artist in 1974. The following year he purchased land in rural New Mexico that had been part of an artist commune in the 1960s. By 1990, the complex evolved into a hot glass and casting facility and, a school with an apprentice program affording studio and gallery space for Charles and seven other glass artists as well. In 1990 he had the opportunity to refine his skills under David Reekie and Clifford Rainey at the prestigious Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington. Initially, he focused on glass blowing techniques with a strong basis in functionality. In the late 90s, Charles began casting sculptural pieces. It is his goal to create a
“body of work that is visually pleasing on both the interior and exterior, but that still holds a certain utilitarian feeling.”
The entire lost wax glass casting process takes over three months to complete. The castings are 24% lead crystal which gives them a unique texture often resembling stone, while retaining the wonderful translucent qualities of glass.
“Pescador” is an exquisite example of Charles’ skill and design aesthetics. It is a classic form with a beautiful, jade-like patina. The ornate carving featuring swimming fish which form an open, intricate design, is reminiscent of ancient Asian stone carvings in its level of detail and beauty.