Founded in 2017, Gilbert Glassworks is the premiere glass art studio along the Emerald Coast. Veteran glass artist, Russ Gilbert, founded the studio in hopes of bringing more attention to the unique medium. Education through creation is the goal of the studio, bringing a wide variety of glass classes for all skill levels. Bringing in world-renowned glass artist to lead demonstrations and teach advanced techniques, and also teaching weekly classes for beginners looking to start their journey in glass.
Russ Gilbert, began working with glass in 1977 using the flame working technique with clear borosilicate glass. He learned the art of shaping glass with the torch through trial and error and attending workshops with some of the world’s best lampworking artists. After almost 30 years of working with a torch, he began creating blown pieces with furnace work. Gilbert creates unique, eye catching and high quality blown glass as well as flame-work designs- always focusing on naturalistic styles and themes. In 1996 Gilbert opened his first gallery in Seaside, Florida. One of the first all glass galleries in the United States, looking to create a space for himself and other glass artisans to display their work and bring contemporary design to the Gulf Coast. He is responsible for introducing dozens of established and emerging glass artists to collectors across the country.
Brit DesLonde, is an acclaimed flame working artist, known for her intricate bead work and stunning detail. She began by creating glass beads for one of a kind jewelry pieces and then evolved to master gorgeous sculptural pieces with the torch. An up and comer in the glass community Brit began to explore work in fused glass, creating ocean inspired pieces, influenced by her time along the Emerald Coast.