Joe Cariati is a designer and glassblower from Los Angeles who produces high quality, 100% hand-made, hand-crafted contemporary glassware. His collection of elegant vessels are a response to the need for original hand-made glass work to be accessible, affordable and unique. All work is made by Joe, from start to finish using a Venetian off-hand glassblowing technique that makes each piece one-of-a-kind.
Joe began blowing glass at San Francisco State University in 1992. Since then he has traveled, studied and taught extensively in the US and abroad. Joe has taught workshops and universities for over ten years including the Rhode Island School of Design, California College of Arts and Crafts, Pilchuck Glass School, Penland School of Crafts, Niijima Center in Japan and Creative Glass in Switzerland. He has received numerous awards, residencies and scholarships including the Creative Glass Center of America's residency, and the Modesto Lanzone Award from the Museo ItaloAmericano in San Francisco.
Joe's love of blowing glass began immediately, but he knew that his pursuit of precision and perfection he wanted to implement in his own designs would take over ten years to develop. Apprenticing at local glass studios in Bay Area, Joe quickly honed his skill and began blowing glass for numerous designers and local artists. He became active in the glass community and served as a board member at a non-profit center for glass. Simultaneously, Joe was painting and showing his work steadily in US. His mentor, now close friend, Therman Statom told Joe at a the age of 25, "You can do it all". It was a pivotal moment for Cariati.
In 2003, Joe moved to Los Angeles and launched Joe Cariati Glass. A company designed to produce the work that he dreamed of making when his skill set was still juvenile. With a relentless "less is more" approach to the process, Joe continues to push his skill limitations and develop his sense of design with the current work. Joe states, "If I had to choose one word to describe my work it would be ‘Air!’ I love to blow the glass out very thin, I'd love to see it float off the table!”
"I'm not a "fussy" glass blower, I cannot stand spending time on surface decoration or frilly techniques. For me, the purity and essence of the process of glassblowing is immediate, there is a sense of urgency, the glass must be blown while it's hot! There are no breaks, there is no time to rest, no lull. My approach is to craft the glass quickly and efficiently; clean, pure, simple and beautiful."