Andrew 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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.