Tom Rupnicki

Tom Rupnicki

Media, PA, USA


Education Wilmington College, Wilmington De. AA Accounting 1966 B.F.A. Columbia College, Chicago, Illinois 1985 Workshops at Lill Street ceramic center in Chicago Workshops in Peter’s Valley with Jack Troy, John Chalke, and Bill Shillalies Studied Ceramics at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Lizbeth Stuart and Bill Daley Studied Glass at Tyler school of the Arts Elkins Park, Pa., Jon Clarke 5 workshops at The Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass 1996,1997,1999,2002,2003 Designed and built a glass hotshop, including a 6 ton glass furnace, two glory holes, 3 annealers 5-pot color furnace, and complete cold shop in Media, Pa. 2002 Tom’s work has been featured in galleries throughout the United States, including: Some of this work can be seen at American Craftsman, New York City Vetri Gallery, Kauai, Hawaii Artique, Lexington Kentucky A gallery of Fine Art, Palm Desert, California SJG,Inc. Cape Cod, Massachusetts Kane-Marie, Virginia Beach, Virginia Seekers Glass Gallery Cambria, Ca. Gallery Vetro, San Antonio, Texas Accent Gallery, Ocean City, New Jersey Gingerbread Gallery, Key West, Florida Tom was born in Chester, Pa. and lived in Chicago for 20 years and currently lives in Media, Pa.


  • glassblower
  • architectural/public
  • Our intention is to evoke, through color and light, the subtle qualities that inspire the human spirit. My vision in creating NightOrbs™ was to marry the healing effects of light, color and nature into a lasting, original piece of landscape art that can be enjoyed in gardens year-round—and for years to come. I first had the idea of introducing hand-blown glass into the landscape in 1999. I chose a spherical shape, because it is considered the most perfect form. A marriage of color and light, NightOrbs™ are an ethereal presence in a garden, an object of beauty, a cause for meditation, and an extremely durable and practical landscape illuminator. Color also generates a response in a viewer. The right combination and placement of colors can suddenly expand the palette and create an emotional experience – the kind of response one would expect, for example, when viewing Monet’s “Water Lilies.” The color blends for NightOrbs™ result from my own reactions to color and light. The recipes have evolved over time and are kept only after having proven their impact—their ability to sing—in the garden.


Business Name:
NightOrbs, llc
325 S Monroe St
South Monroe Street
Media, PA 19063