Sky Campbell and Sarah Hinds are collaborative glass artists living and working in Gainesville, Florida. An intense passion for color combined with a love of the natural and organic defines their work. They exhibit their work throughout the country, in galleries, at fine art shows around Florida, and through both public and private commissions. They especially thrive from site specific work, as the art is uniquely suited to it's surroundings.
At their studio, the couple melts recycled glass in their hand built furnace. When the broken pieces have remelted into a pot of glowing molten glass at 2100 degrees Fahrenheit, the work begins. “Almost every piece we make takes teamwork,” says Sarah. “One of us will have an artistic vision, and the other will act as assistant. Then we switch. Larger pieces sometimes require extra assistants. We’re lucky to have friends around us who are as enchanted by this medium as we are.”
Sky is a natural born engineer, building and creating the team’s industrial glass equipment. “The style in which we blow glass is essentially the same as it has been for thousands of years,” Sky says. “We have the advantages of modern equipment, but the glass is blown and shaped with tools that are age old. You can find pictures of ancient Egyptians blowing glass, and our process is almost identical.” Sky is fascinated with glass chemistry, which yields many of the beautiful colors in the team’s work. Glassblowing is a high energy art form, which suits Sky well.Sky is also an accomplished metal artist, often combining hand forged aluminum and copper elements with the couple's hand blown glass.
Sarah loves to teach. She is often inspired by the things her students create. Sarah says, “Think back to grade school when your teacher asked the class to draw a picture. Everyone was given the same instructions, yet every picture came out unique. That’s creativity. Our art glass is the same way.” Sarah also loves flameworking- glass that is melted behind an oxygen propane torch, and often incorporates it with the furnace blown glass.
Sky Campbell and Sarah Hinds have sculpted the life they love. They are partners in art, parenting and their homestead. The warm reception their art receives around the community has made it possible for the team to continue striving toward their evolving artistic goals.