Since completing his formal arts education in 1985, Paul Counts is an accomplished glass artist. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Glass/Ceramics from Cal State Fullerton University in 1983, followed by his Master’s in glass in 1985. After graduating, he worked as a production glass blower for several studios in California while continuing his studies with several well-known national and international glass artists including Dick Marquis at Haystack School of Crafts in 1990 and with Lino Tagliapietra in 1991.

“I have an affection for art. I create with ceramics and glass. Affection for art is a form of hope. Art wants life to be better than it is, not more virtuous: cleaner, dressier, more certain of its lines.”

Artists know where they wish to be, even if they have no sure idea how to get there. Art as understanding, is art in the process of understanding. The artist is often the last or least to know how or why his work turned out as it did, and in the journey of creating only he knows when he has arrived to the destination.

To explore more of Paul Counts work, please visit us here at Mullaly’s 128 Studio & Gallery in Elk Rapids.