Masters of Art Presents: FRATES American Glass’ Dance with Liquid Color

March 7, 2016

FRATES American Glass premier studio in Springfield, OH, continues to push the visual and technical boundaries of the art glass industry. Listed as one of the Top 60 Glass artists in the World by Art Glass Today, FRATES creates avant-garde pieces that others can only imagine.

A picture’s thousand words weren’t enough to express the studio’s dreamlike artistry. Studio Director, Doug Frates, and Lead Apprentice Glass Blower, Dustin Wagner, partnered with Bootstrap and Co.’s videography team to capture the magic behind the studio and glass that they create. Released in January 2016, this feature short film offers a unique peak into the Doug Frates Glass world.


About FRATES American Glass

FRATES is an American art glass company specializing in colored, patterned and mirrored blown glass.  The company has a wholesale production division, an interior design & architect custom installation division, Doug Frates CUSTOM, and a luxury division representing one-of-a-kind art glass pieces DF STUDIO.  The studio is under the direction of former Marine, Doug Frates, one of the top 60 glass makers in the world.


About Doug Frates

Doug Frates is the Studio Director of FRATES American Glass. Doug is a former Marine and one of the top art glass makers in the world. He began his glass blowing career under Fritz Dreisbach, who along with Dale Chihuly founded the American Art Studio Glass Movement. Frates studied and apprenticed at the Sonoran Glass Art Academy, AZ, working for important glass artist Tom Philabaum where he produced the designer’s signature paper weights. Frates began his own studio in 2005 and has won numerous awards for his glass design and production.



DUSTIN is an American glass artist and lead apprentice glass blower at FRATES for the last eight years. A native of Finley, OH, DUSTIN originally learned the art of glass blowing from his brother before attending the prestigious Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD). Dustin left the school to focus on his own artistic journey and to continue his intense study of glass at the FRATES workshop where he is trusted with some of the company’s most complex productions.


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