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Featured Artist Archive > February, 2011


Eric Hansen Paperweight
Eric Hansen

Eric 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.

Eric 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 glass artist.

After 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.

In 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.

The 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.

Eric's work can be seen on his website or at his studio, the Laughing Glass Art Studio in Argyle, Texas. He can be contacted by email at

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