Dorothy Hafner, artist, designer, innovator, is celebrated internationally for her spirited works in glass, ceramics and textiles over the last 35 years.
In the 1980’s she created avant-garde tableware collections for both Tiffany & Co. and Rosenthal Studio-Line that garnered both critical praise and commercial success. Today these designs are widely collected and often cited as icons of their time.
In the 1990’s Hafner gifted herself an artistic sabbatical, returning to her studio full time and soon began a “love affair with glass”, now her primary medium.
Her polychrome, exotically shaped vessels won instant acclaim. She then developed innovative techniques for fused glass, applying them to her widely collected art glass panels and sculpture.
Most recently she added architectural installations to her range. In 2012 Hafner created the feature installation for the Lisa Barth Interfaith chapel at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. Other permanent installation sites include the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston and the Frisbie Memorial Hospital, NH.
Over 20 Museum Collections worldwide include Hafner works, many in multiple media, including the Corning Museum of Glass, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Museum of Arts and Design, the Denver Art Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Stedelijk Museum.
Artworks by Hafner are featured in over 60 hard cover books on Fine Art, Craft and Design.
A Manhattan resident for over 30 years, Hafner now lives, works and teaches out of a 200-year old farmhouse in scenic Greens Farms, Ct. The new location is the Hafner Creative Space where her own classes, as well as those of guest instructors will be held throughout the year.
She has taught at Parsons School of Design, Urban Glass and Anderson Ranch.