John Lindquist was born in Minnesota in 1980 where he was raised with a great appreciation for the outdoors and the earthâ€™s natural beauty. He attended the University of Minnesota Duluth for 4 years gaining much knowledge of the arts. During that time, he discovered lamp-working on a trip to Vancouver, BC. After being inspired by live glass-blowing, he decided to purchase a start-up kit and teach himself for 3 years. He gained quite the following in Minnesota where he showed his work at small art shows and galleries. In 2004, Johnâ€™s life was changed when he moved to Maui and stumbled onto a little shop called Maui Crystal in Lahaina where he had a 6 year formal apprenticeship in this glass-blowing shop. During this time he also traveled the nation trading techniques with glass shops along the way and showing his work in galleries. In 2008, John was asked to be a featured demonstrator and instructor for Glass Stock Oregon where he has continued to attend each year and compete in national flame-off competitions. John gained his name in the glass community in 2010 when he won first place and peopleâ€™s choice at the Eugene Glass School FlameOff with his signature jelly-fish turtle design.
â€œI try to find the beauty in everything around me, whether itâ€™s a gigantic waterfall, a vibrant sunset, or just the way the colors swirl in my ice cream. I chose to work with glass because for me, the medium just clicks. I can create beautiful sculptures with vibrant colors and strong lines as well as achieve very cool optical effects with the clear glass.â€
John has since teamed forces with his brother Daniel and friend Sean Price.
Each having formal apprenticeships with Maui Crystal, and experience ranging from 8-22 years, they have come together as a team to produce a wide range ever expanding portfolio. Ocean theme sculptures are their specialty, all hand sculpted in the flame with borosilicate (Pyrex), the strongest glass available. These talented artists focus on capturing the fluid underwater feel of the ocean environment and glass is the perfect medium to achieve that. Enjoy!