Joan & Al Hiebert developed their glass crafting skills
while teaching and raising their two children.
Joan started it all by getting interested in cold glass. She used techniques of copper foiling and
leading to make windows and lamps. After
that, she moved on to sandblasting and etching before she began fusing and
slumping kiln formed glass, making unique bowls and plates out of recycled
glass from old window panes.
Their move to “hot glass” – the casting, blowing and
sculpting of glass - was when the studio really became a family affair, and Al
& Joan now work out of their retirement “playhouse” and hot shop at the
Shields Town site on Blackstrap Lake.