One of a handful of Native American glass artists, Tony is best known for the exacting craft of hot-blown glass. He began making pottery as a young boy, inspired by his grandfather who was also a silversmith and woodcarver. When Tony enrolled in the Institute of American Indian Arts, he had his first encounter with molten glass and fell in love with its fluidity and permanence.
A scholarship to the prestigious Haystack Mt. School of Crafts in Maine cemented his commitment to the medium. Later, he would be Artist in Residence there. First, though, he apprenticed to Dale Chihuly, the internationally recognized master of glass art, and eventually became a member of his famed team of glass artists.
Tony’s work has been honored by prizes, fellowships and exhibits all over the United States and Europe. Now, he has established the Taos Glass Workshop,in Northern New Mexico, giving back to his community by training at-risk youth in a viable, fulfilling skill. A new generation of glass artists is already emerging.