Passing Down an Ancient Art Form to New Generations

What he learned at Kent State University, Matt Janke takes joy in teaching others. Janke opened his own glassblowing studio in Atlanta, after moving to the area in the 1980s. He has since shared his passion for the vibrant colors and unique shapes that magically emerge when extreme heat mixes with a lot of creativity. 

Janke credits his skills and techniques to Henry Halem, retired Kent State professor known to many as the leader of the glassblowing industry. Halem founded the Glass Art Society and received the Kent State President’s Medal for Outstanding Achievement in 1998. That same year, Janke retired after 29 years of teaching.

FOX 5 in Atlanta toured Janke’s studio to see how he is passing ancient skills on to new generations of artists. Watch here.

POSTED: Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - 2:35pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 2:07pm
Kristin Anderson