John Lindquist was born in Minnesota in 1980 where he was raised with a great appreciation for the outdoors and the earth’s natural beauty. He attended the University of Minnesota Duluth for four years gaining much knowledge of the arts. During that time, he discovered lamp-working on a trip to Vancouver, BC. After being inspired by live glass-blowing, he decided to purchase a start-up kit and teach himself for three years. He gained quite the following in Minnesota where he showed his work at small art shows and galleries.
In 2004, John moved to Maui and began a 6-year formal apprenticeship at Maui Crystal. In 2010, John won First Place and People’s Choice at the Eugene Glass School FlameOff with his signature jelly-fish turtle design. He focuses on capturing the fluid underwater feel of the ocean environment by hand sculpting in borosilicate (Pyrex) – the strongest glass available.
“I try to find the beauty in everything around me, whether it’s a gigantic waterfall, a vibrant sunset, or just the way the colors swirl in my ice cream. I chose to work with glass because for me, the medium just clicks. I can create beautiful sculptures with vibrant colors and strong lines as well as achieve very cool optical effects with the clear glass.”