About Blown Glass Collective
“First he heated the very point of the blowpipe, then snatched from nearby a chunk of bright glass and placed it skillfully within the hollow furnace. And the crystal as it tasted the heat of the fire was softened by the strokes of Hephaistos like…He blew in from his mouth a quick breath…like a man essaying the most delightful art of the flute. The glass received the force of his breath and became swollen out around itself like a sphere before it. It would receive another onslaught of the divine breath, for often, swinging it like an ox-herd his crook he would breathe into…”
-- From an Ancient Greek scroll, 3rd Century B.C.
The Story of Basil, Founder of Blown Glass Collective
Being of Greek heritage, Blown Glass Collective Founder Basil was naturally intrigued by glass work. At a young age, he watched his family members blow glass on a small island in the Aegean Sea, using traditional techniques passed on from generation to generation. Those skills were descended from the same techniques used to make Hellenic Glass during the time of the Ancient Greeks.
This amazing discovery sparked a life-long love and passion for the art of glass work. It continued as Basil attended a local glass workshop in Chicago during his teenage years. He knew that this craft was something he wanted to pursue for the rest of his life.
He eventually built a small studio on his parents’ property and started selling his glass pieces to family, friends, and clients. He started with fused glass, progressing to furnace work, until mastering the art of glass blowing and torch work. This marked the start of a career that has spanned over 30 years in the design industry.
He continued to hone his craft by attending workshops and classes at numerous glass-blowing schools throughout the United States, such as those offered by Hobbs Glassworks, Chaos Glass Studio, and Talisman Glass. Basil also traveled throughout Europe, learning from the master glassblowers of Italy. He studied at the Abate Zanetti and Tuffolo Studio workshops in Murano, Venice; he also learned at the Vetraio Anchio workshop in Carisolo, Trentino.
Yet despite all these experiences, Basil never forgot his roots. Growing up near the ocean, his works past and present have been inspired by Greece’s gentle Mediterranean climate and awe-inspiring sea. In his own words: “I prefer to work with glass for its ability to express flow, the way it freezes a moment in time, and manipulates optics.” Basil’s interpretations of natural forms combine elegant design with rich vivid color, creating original, hand-blown glass art.
Creating the Blown Glass Collective
With Basil’s more than 30 years of experience in the design industry, there was a natural progression to
designing and selling more hand-blown glass pieces to clients. Hence, he brought his wife CaSandra on board to launch the Blown Glass Collective. CaSandra, who also has a background in design, shares the same passions as Basil.
The husband-and-wife team, who have now moved to the east coast of Florida, originally worked for clients residing in Palm Beach. After receiving great feedback on their creations—from the design of each piece to the quality of the glass used—the couple decided to focus all their energies on the business.
To keep up with the high demand, they currently collaborate with other glass artists, many of whom they have built strong relationships with over the years. They also source high-quality materials from around the world to create one-of-a-kind pieces. These include custom hand-blown glass chandeliers, wall & ceiling plates, and wall sconces.
In fact, many of their works hang in the estates of master architects Mizner, Addison, and Flagler. Today, their hand-blown glass art lighting fixtures can now be found in residences, offices, and commercial establishments around the world.