Mossman was fascinated with glass blowing from the moment he watched
unruly molten glass being shaped into a work of art. Mossman was
a chemical engineering student from 1974-77 at Worcester Polytechnic
Institute in Massachusetts when glass changed his path. He researched
how to get involved with the medium and in 1978 enrolled in a
glassblowing course taught by Fritz Dreisbach and Dale Chihuly
at the Haystack Craft School in Deer Isle, Maine. In 1980 he studied
glass at Penland Craft School in North Carolina. He received a
B.A. in glassblowing from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts
in 1981. After studying with numerous well-known and lesser-known
glass artists, Mossman settled out west in the beautiful and isolated
mountain town of Driggs, Idaho where he and his wife, glass artist
Mary Mullaney, built their own studio in order to pursue their
His work is featured in numerous collections
and galleries across the country, and has been featured twice
in the "New Glass Review."
vase series is inspired by my interest in digital imaging as well
as a fascination with all the little dots in newspaper photos.
I am also challenged by the abstract expressionist quest to create
the illusion of depth in a two-dimensional surface, coupled with
the reality of the thickness in the wall of a vessel. The analytical
aspects of producing these pieces are an interesting counterpoint
to the more intuitive process of glass blowing.