Phil Sundling’s Eighteen years of experience in glassblowing have honed his skills and amplified his creative vision. Yet as any artisan can attest, such a span of time allows one to merely scratch the surface of a craft processing such depth and intricacy. His first experience in glassblowing came when a high school business teacher arranged a semester-long internship with a scientific glassblower at General Electric in Schenectady, NY. The following year, Phil continued learning new techniques by participating in a weeklong intensive training course at the Corning Museum of Glass taught by master glassblowers Tim Drier and Doni Hatz. Having learned the basics and having acquired his first torch, he then began independently working on perfecting his glassblowing skills, adopting studio space in his parents garage and basements. In 2001, Phil opened Prism Glass Works, a small workshop in Troy, NY, and has spent the subsequent years concentrating single-mindedly on improving his craft. Using mainly his borosilicate lamp work and cold work, his art has focused on merging forms with function. While striving to challenge his creative assumptions, Phil’s art and style have expanded to include a wide array of glass form and art, engendered from inspiration and creative influences found within and beyond the glass community. His attention in pursuing such growth through community relationships and collaborations has yielded a distinctive stylistic blend of new and classic designs. Participating in classes taught by major artists such as Robert Mickelson and Emilio Santini has further added fuel to the creative fire. Recently, Phil has repositioned his educational perspective from student to teacher by offering glassblowing workshops to the public and accepting student apprentices.