Artist Profile: Andrew Madvin

handmade glassAndrew Madvin, owner of Axiom Glass, speaks about his surprising and colorful body of work.




Artist Andrew Madvin owns Axiom Glass in Detroit, Michigan. About 95% of his line is non-functional.  Madvin’s art glass is sold wholesale to galleries, and also at respected retail fairs each year. ABI caught up with him to find out more about his appealing line.


handmade glass


ABI: What techniques do you use when creating your work?

AM: I am a hot glass artist – glass blowing, glass casting and solid glass forming. I am also a metal fabricator, steel and stainless steel. Also mixed media (like limestone.)


handblown glass cups


ABI: You sell your art glass wholesale. How has your collection evolved over the past few years?

AM: The five current lines of studio work that I wholesale have been evolving and refining the last  4 – 5 years. I have not debuted new work at the wholesale shows. I have been focusing on the success of the current designs, working on quality and details.


Glass wall art


ABI: Do you work in collaboration with other artists?

AM: I collaborate with my brother, Robert Madvin, and with a few designer friends on professional projects. Others can see a whole new angle and approach to an idea. Often a client will have an idea that I need to translate and this becomes a collaboration in a sense.


handblown glass vases


ABI: Tell us about the commission work you do.

AM: My hot glass studio has state-of-the-art capabilities and we have the ability to take the most challenging and creative commissions.These types of projects can be easily accomplished or be a long and regretful experience. However, I love the work and involvement and learning and problem-solving aspect. I am currently working on all the custom glass lighting components for the WFC World Financial Center in New York. This will be in the terrace market area.


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