Pat A. Howe has been demonstrating and narrating glassmaking at Wheaton Village since 1989. Since 2000, Pat has been the Coordinator of the “Make Your Own” Programs. These hands-on programs are offered to the adult public and allow participants to experience first hand the hot glass techniques demonstrated in the studio. The programs include creating a paperweight or blowing a bowl or vase.
Pat’s own work includes a variety of blown pieces and solid sculptures including paperweights. Each piece is uniquely handmade; many reflect the beach and dunes of the Jersey Shore where she resides.
“As a self-taught artist, I have never had the restrictions of only one method of working. I have been free to experiment in this most fascinatingly creative and expressive medium. While creating my own pieces remains the most fulfilling, running a close second is sharing this fabulous material with others. Whether it is with an adult making a paperweight or a child blowing a glass bubble, being a part of their experience allows me to experience glass for the first time, again and again. Watching eyes open wide with wonderment makes my day.”