LAURIE THAL & DAN ALTWIES
HAND BLOWN GLASS ART
THAL GLASS STUDIO
Welcome to Thal Glass Studio!
Welcome to Thal Glass Studio the only contemporary glass studio and glass gallery in Wyoming and located in Jackson Hole—the heart of art and culture of Wyoming! Thal Glass is comprised of Jackson Hole Artist, glassblower, and designer, Laurie Thal and partner, fused glass artist and sandblast designer Dan Altwies.
Together, Laurie and Dan have become locally and nationally famous contemporary glass artists exhibiting their hand-blown and fused glass portfolio of works of art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming art galleries as well as art shows and galleries nationwide.
Thal Glass is a proud member of the esteemed Jackson Hole Gallery Association and the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce. Within the past decade, Jackson Hole has taken its place beside Seattle, Portland, Scottsdale, Santa Fe, San Francisco and New York as a major center for art, and is known as the "Art Center of the Rockies."
Laurie Thal, Artist, Glassblower, and Designer
Custom Glass Art: Our Work
Thal Glass creates custom glass art that is both functional and inspiring, from glass gifts and décor for the home and office, to gifts to delight a special friend or loved one. Every piece—from intricately sandblasted bowls, flower vases, and wine goblets to modern glass sculptures and wall or ceiling public art installations— is custom made with the intent to bring joy to the viewer.
Twice a year, we fire up the glass furnaces, which take three days to reach 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the ideal temperature is reached it's time to make glass art. The furnace remains molten 24 hours a day for several months at a time. On average, 100 pounds of glass are melted each week in order to create one-of-a-kind glass blown works of art.
Laurie creates unique qualities in each piece, layering multiple hues to create captivating pools of light and depth. Dan designs and sandblasts the glass bowls and vases, which can take 100+ hours to complete.
Learn more about our process in this video!
In between periods of blowing glass, Laurie and Dan focus on designing and creating fused glass art commissions.
A single piece can take months of creativity and hard work to fabricate.
Glass Art Installations & Commissions
Thal Glass also works with builders, individuals, and businesses on custom glass art for their home or office to create one-of-a-kind commissions with architecturally fused glass pieces, such as room dividers, chandeliers, sconces, and more.
Examples of Custom Glass Sculptures and Glass Commissions Pricing*:
Sandblasted glass bowls and glass vases are in the $1,800-$6,000 range. Sandblasted bud vases are $325-$475.
Solid and multicolored glass bowls are $450-$1200. Tornado vases: $450-850. Bud vases: $145 - $350
Glass perfume bottles, guaranteed to be received as an exquisite and unexpected gift, are $125-$350
Please reach out for custom installation pricing.
*Pricing is subject to change.
252 pieces of blown glass hanging in an 18’ long curve, designed for the Center of Aesthetics, Teton Pines
Nature-Inspired Glass Art
As outdoor enthusiasts, we also find artistic inspiration from the natural wonders of Jackson Hole and all of Wyoming. We also found a new source of environmental inspiration while traveling across the world. For example, on one trip where we crewed on a six-week sailing trip from Fiji to Vanuatu, we were inspired by the coral devastation we saw. We poured our heartache into the creation of “Coral Crisis”—a pair of sandblasted bowls with the edge carved in a coral pattern, one vibrant and one “in crisis.” This set is now in an art collector’s home in Maui.
In 2009, several distinguished gifts were selected from Thal Glass Studio:
President and Mrs. Barack Obama presented the Peacock Bowl to India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Sihngh as the official State Department Gift at the White House Dinner.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton chose a piece of Thal Glass with a sandblasted Eagle as the official gift to Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.*
*Both state department gifts were designed and sandblasted by Lia Kass who was working with Laurie Thal at the time.