Graduating in May 1991 with a Bachelor of Science in Plant Biology from the University of Illinois, he went on to graduate school at the University of Illinois School of Arts studying under William Carlson and Hose Chardiet.
Angelo Fico studied art at numerous schools including that of the Haystack Mountain School of Craft Deer Isle, the Pilchuck School of Glass Seattle and the University of Illinois Correll Furnace Building Workshop; and did workshops under well-known artists like Lino Tagliapietra, a master glassblower from Italy and Dante Marioni.
Fico has been employed as a studio assistant at several galleries in the Illinois area, a wandering glassblower in Australia, a glassblower at Gilmor Glassworks in New York and is currently the owner and glassblower at Angelo’s Glassblowing.
Fico’s current work involves patterns of color in glass. He strives for clean classic forms, consisting of a simple pattern of lines that becomes more complex as it spirals around the piece. The transparent colors blend to create depth and pattern as you look through the vessels.
Each stripe in a vase starts out as an individual glass rod called cane, which he makes by stretching out a ball of hot colored glass 20-feet, then chopping it into 5-inch sections. By laying out a pattern of 15-20 pieces of colored cane on a steel plate, the pattern is then heated until the cane fuses together into a sheet. Then, Fico picks up the pattern on a blowpipe and gradually shapes and blows out the vessel.
No molds are used in this process. As Fico’s work has evolved over the last 14-years, his passion for glass and the use of traditional Venetian techniques has allowed him to create a dynamic body of work.