Featured Artist Archive > February, 2011
ERIC W. HANSEN
Hansen was born into a glassmaking family in 1961, and learned at a young age
to create glass figurines at the torch. His uncles, Ronald and Robert Hansen,
were both well-known for their paperweights and in 1994 Robert taught Eric to
encapsulate his torchwork art glass into solid paperweights.
has always been a two-career person, combining glassworking for the family glass
business in Northern California first with his education and later with his successful
career as a pilot. His family gave Eric his love of glass and his appreciation
of collectable paperweights as well as teaching him the skills to become a successful
graduating from California State University, Chico in 1983, Eric entered the U.S.
Naval Aviation Program and became a carrier pilot in 1986. After more training,
two cruises on the USS Enterprise, and a stint as an instructor pilot, he began
a career with American Airlines in 1992, where he is still employed today as an
airline pilot. His flying creates many opportunities for visiting glass studios,
galleries and museums around the globe.
parallel with his flying career, Eric has developed his glassworking skills and
throughout his life has devoted much time to his passion for glass. He moved to
Texas in 1995, and there he opened his own glassblowing shop and gallery. Eric
and his wife, Cheryl, relocated their home and their glass studio to Argyle, Texas
in 2002. They have three children and Eric greatly enjoys sharing his art with
the next generation.
paperweight shown here is named "Sunset" and measures 3" in diameter.
It was made in 2009. Eric uses a variety of techniques and has created many different
styles of paperweights. Though he is known mostly for his paperweights with floral
lampwork encapsulations, he has also developed beautiful crimp rose inserts and
intricate surface decorations on some of his paperweights. His body of off-hand
work also includes iridescent goblets, bowls and platters.
work can be seen on his website http://www.laughingglassstudio.com
or at his studio, the Laughing Glass Art Studio in Argyle, Texas. He can be contacted
by email at email@example.com.