Architectural Art Glass 104: The Art of Glass

The Art of Glass

Glimmering surfaces and a depth that no other material can offer, the art of glass is truly timeless. Glassworks takes this amazing material and transforms it into properly proportioned & scaled, balanced works of art featuring exquisite contrast.

Glass is a challenging art medium – it requires an expert and skillful hand. Glassworks art sculptures, wall art glass and other specialty art installations involve careful and often complex calculations, perfect timing, and dedicated glass artists hand making each work of art.


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Custom Art Sculptures

Allow our glass artists to design a custom piece and bring your ideas to life and into your space.  We specialize in large installations. We provide dependable and contemporary glass art design for any space. These sculptures give any indoor or outdoor space high end impact!

See more photographs in our Art Glass Gallery.


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Beauty which Endures

When Steve Shahbaghlian founded Glassworks over 30 years ago, he did for the love of this form of art. Inspired by the expressive & luminous qualities of glass, he used his talent to forge a business which continues to be inspired by fine artistry first and foremost. Delivering high quality products simply stems from our artists’ drive to be the best in the art glass industry.

Each member of our Glassworks Studio Team is an artist in their own right. Click to view Team Profiles.


Call us today to discuss your custom art glass project.

Glassworks Summer 2012 News

Seattle Summer

Every year, I think summer will never get here. Although we in Seattle complain about our gloomy June that gives way to the blue skies of July, we can use glass panels to let in a lot of natural light and to reflect the light within our space year round. Maybe that’s one of the reasons why there are so many glass studios in the Northwest.

Another way to make the most of our delayed summer weather is to get out and meet others, learn, and enjoy the opportunities in the area. Belonging to professional groups and attending meetings is a great way to shake off the grays. CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women); WGA (Washington Glass Association); ASID (American Society of Interior Designers); and NBIS (Network of Business Innovation and Sustainability) are just a few of the organizations that are indeed energy boosters!

Tish Oye, Principal
Glassworks, Inc.

Meta Marble

We are proud to announce that Meta Marble will be featuring select glass slabs by Glassworks, Inc.

“Meta’s combination of the finest service, established sources, and selection of the best quality products provides our customers with the best advantages for creating projects of the highest quality, durability and beauty.”

More info:

Yum! China Visits Glassworks

We were happy to host a delegation from the Yum Corporation, China division. Our team gave a guided tour through the showroom and studio floor and treats were courtesy of the Essential Baking Company.

Would you like to schedule a tour for your group? Contact us to set something up 206.434.5106.

Barkitecture puts Glassworks in the Dog House


Glassworks was excited to be a part of Barkitecture Seattle 2012 hosted by LUXE magazine and benefiting the Seattle Children’s PlayGarden & Seattle Humane Society. We crafted custom ‘dog bone’ leaded glass windows for one of the 10 unique dog houses and gardens constructed by Seattle’s best architects, builders, interior designers and landscape professionals. These canine cottages were then auctioned off by Seattle’s top real estate brokers.

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We were pleased be a part of this inspired design created by Arlene Kisiel-Jermann of AKJ Architects.

Spring Table Sale Success

Glassworks’ first ever Spring Table Top sale was such fun! Thank you again to all our customers who participated, we appreciate your business.

Spring 2012 Design Partner Feature: Anthony’s Restaurants


Anthony's - Wall Art


Glassworks has provided site-specific architectural art glass for Anthony’s Restaurants in the Pacific Northwest for 15 years. Working with Joey Ing, interior architect, we have fabricated many one-of-a-kind glass applications, which have made each restaurant unique. These custom creations have included etched insulated door glass, counter tops, light fixtures, mirrors, signage, and more.

Our most recent collaboration was for Anthony’s first “off the water” location in Alderwood, Wa. We met early in the design process with the architect who held a vision that the glass in this restaurant would play a key role in maintaining the natural aesthetic that is essential to the Anthony’s brand. The highlights of this project were a lit floor piece resembling a stream and a multicolored glass shell for the wall (seen above). We also created custom bar and counter tops with our signature “water texture” and a wall of etched partitions resembling sea kelp and bubbles (seen below).


Anthony's - Counter Anthony's - Interior Windows


Anthony’s Origins

Anthony’s Restaurants are a family of twenty two unique waterfront locations throughout the Pacific Northwest.  A locally owned company, Anthony’s traces its history to 1969 when Budd Gould opened the Fox Restaurant in the Bellevue Crossroads. This Steak and Lobster restaurant was followed by Mad Anthony’s, which opened in 1973 in the Bellevue Commons.  Mad Anthony’s was named after the Revolutionary War General “Mad” Anthony Wayne.  It was an early American themed pub which featured prime rib and seafood. Future Anthony’s restaurants migrated to the waterfront providing guests with a truly Northwest dining experience, specializing in fresh local seafood. The two original restaurants were later sold enabling the company to focus on the growth of waterfront locations.

Anthony’s has grown into a titan within the seafood restaurant industry of the Pacific Northwest, earning many awards and accolades along the way. Glassworks is pleased to play a continuing part of this growth.


“We have used Glassworks for Anthony’s Restaurants projects for more than fifteen years. Glassworks’ creativity, exacting standards, and willingness to explore new and innovative ideas have made them a major part of our creative design.
We make a point of having a glass element in each project;
Glassworks is truly a pleasure to work with.”

Jeff Arnot
Vice President, Chief Operating Officer
Anthony’s Restaurants


Glassworks values our partnership with Anthony’s Restaurants and admire their upstanding business methods and strong commitment to use local resources and businesses. We look forward to the next 15 years of collaboration.


For more information on Anthony’s Restaurants, visit their website. Anthony's Restaurant

For comments and questions regarding specific glass used in an Anthony’s location, or for more information on our architectural art glass, please contact Glassworks by email or call 206.441.4268.


Glassworks Spring 2012 News

Spring Cherry BlossomsSprings is here- or just around the corner, so it’s time to renew, refresh and dust off some recurrent ideas and actions.   I borrowed an idea from someone so long ago I can’t remember who it was but that’s ok, because it’s a good thing and if you’d like to borrow the idea from me, that’s just fine with me.   We give back to the community in a varied and systematic way.  When we receive a referral from a past client, at the completion of the project, we make a donation in the referral’s name to a non-profit agency of their choice.   Throughout the years we’ve donated to over twenty-five organizations, some more than once.  They’ve represented a spectrum of organizations – from Treehouse for Kids to our most recent, Architects without Borders – Seattle, a Jim Seeks (Seeks Design Assoc.) request.

View the full list of our Good Works Recipients here.

It’s the time to plant new ideas, think of new projects, help friends and give non-profit agencies a boost.  We’re looking forward to growing our donation list ten-fold this year.

Won’t you join me and borrow this idea?!

Tish Oye

Glassworks, Inc. Principal

Glassworks featured again on HGTV/DIY Networks’ Bath Crashers

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Glassworks has been featured again in the fourth season of the popular reality show Bath Crashers on HGTV/DIY Networks. This season’s episode, titled “Seattle Espresso Suite”, brings something new to a local bathroom: a vertical partition of slumped glass. Due to the extremely fast paced nature of the show, the designers specified the glass with us before assessing the accessibility of the room being remodeled, which resulted in the host of the show, Matt Meunster, needing to hire a lift to bring our glass through a second story window! You can catch this thrilling episode on DIY network at the following dates and times:

  • March 21, 2012 @ 12:30 PM e/p
  • March 27, 2012 @ 7:00 PM e/p
  • April 03, 2012 @ 10:30 PM & 1:30 AM e/p
  • April 15, 2012 @11:30 AM e/p

More info and updates on air dates, please visit the DIY Network website.

Look for our Full Page Ad in LUXE Magazine in April

Our friends at the Seattle edition of LUXE Magazine are publishing the Spring 2012 issue in April. We have a full page ad in this issue featuring a large outdoor fused-glass table designed by Karen Skadan Design. You can learn more about this project in our last Design Partner Feature from Winter 2012. Make sure you get your spring issue of LUXE Magazine’s Seattle Edition!

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Office Space Available

Office Space Available - Floor Plan

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We have two office spaces available: one @ 325 Sq. Ft. ($750/mn) and one @ 200 Sq. Ft. ($350/mn). Can be rented separately or together ($1,000/ mn). Located on the walk-in level of our building. Use of a conference room and congenial atmosphere included. Off-street parking. Carpeted and ready to move in. Ideal for design / architectural firm.

Interested in taking a walkthrough?
Please call us at (206) 441-4268, or email us.

Team Member Profile: James Martell

Team Member: James Jay MartellJames (aka “Jay”) is Glassworks’ professor in residence.  He knows about the composition of glass, compatibility and glass nuances.  Ask Jay about the melting or annealing points of glass or other aspects of glass and he will gladly share his knowledge in a very thorough and understandable manner.  He can take a production problem, break it into segments and methodically deal with each issue successfully.  He has many talents in addition to his skilled polishing and cold working abilities.  Jay has worked with glass since 1989 and is well versed in blown, cast and kiln formed glass. As a glass artist his work has been featured nationally and internationally. He can weld, solve challenging installation situations and identify building maintenance priorities – he is truly a “Jack-of-all-trades”.  We are very fortunate to have him as a key Glassworks team member.

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