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In 1967 Donald Carlson embarked on a career that would turn his life around. Prior to working
towards refining the ancient art of glassblowing, he had contemplated pursuing the field of
marketing. Instead, he built a small studio at his home. It is the color red that has captured his
imagination. With an obvious feel for shape, Donald has produced simple eloquent pieces that
stand alone in their beauty. His red best demonstrates the artistic and technical control
expected of the Carlson tradition. All colors of glass, with the exception of red are easily made.
To secure the desired color, all one has to do is add the appropriate amount of chemicals. But
with red, one has to add the correct amount of chemicals in addition to working with
numerous variables. These variables are hard to measure, let alone control. If they aren't always
in total control, the color is not consistent. It is these technical problems that give Donald the
challenge he enjoys with making red glass. . While his work is available in a multitude of colors,
it is the color red that he is Internationally known for. Carlson Art Glass is represented in most
major glass collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian, and Corning
Museum. Donald Carlson’s glass expertise spans five decades and his original studio in California
was one of the first private studios established in the world. Without the use of molds, Donald’s
years of experience and creativity are best reflected in his beautifully proportioned work.
Donald continues to make every piece himself and each is signed and registered at his current
studio in Oregon. It is hoped you will take pride in adding a piece of Carlson glass to your own
Click on the images to the right to see the enlarged version of Donald Carlson's glass art.