Doug Frates is an award-winning glass artist and Operation Iraqi Freedom war veteran. He began blowing glass in 2004, following his discharge from the Marine Corps. With no prior exposure, Frates enrolled in a glass-blowing class as a way to improve himself. He enjoyed the class so much that he continued to take classes for 18 months and decided to make it his life's work.
A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Frates has extensive training in a wide array of glass-blowing techniques. He has studied at the Sonoran Art Glass Academy and studied under foremost glass artists Fritz Dreisbach and Tom Philabaum. He has also studied various other art styles, including pottery, painting, metal casting, and fiber sculpture.
"I get my ideas from life, things I see, things I imagine, and things I feel," said Frates. "Being able to express myself through a beautiful, unique, one-of-a-kind piece or pieces of art is what I have always strived for."
He has won several awards for his art, including the Tulsa International Mayfest Best in Glass 2009, the Best in Show Firefly Arts Festival 2009, Best of Show Panoply Arts Festival 2010, Best of Show Dallas Market Center 2011, and the Curator’s Choice award at the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where his work is part of a permanent collection.
Frates currently resides in Springfield, Ohio. His recent exhibitions have included the Washington Pavilion (2008) and Zanesville, Ohio (2011). To view more samples of his work, please visit http://www.DougFrates.com.
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