Robert Mickelsen, past Vice President, was born in 1951 in Fort Belvoir, Virginia and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. Robert's formal education ended after one year of college. He apprenticed with a professional lampworker for two years in the mid-seventies and then sold his own designs at outdoor craft fairs for ten years. In 1987 he took a class from Paul Stankard that opened his eyes to the possibilities of his medium. In 1989, he stopped doing craft shows and began marketing his work exclusively through galleries. Since then, his career has taken off. He shows his work in some of the finest galleries in the country and participates in dozens of prominent exhibitions each year.
His work is exhibited in many prominent collections including the Renwick Gallery of American Crafts at the Smithsonian Institution, The Corning Museum of Glass, and Pilchuck Glass School. He has taught extensively at the major glass schools, including Pilchuck, Penland School of Crafts, The Studio at The Corning Museum of Glass, and UrbanGlass in Brooklyn. He has filmed and produced two videos on his flameworking process, and has designed and maintains an elaborate web page dedicated to his own work and the galleries that represent him (http://www.mickelsenstudios.com/). He has published numerous technical and historical articles as well as a web-book titled Mondo Fiamma, a World-wide Overview of Contemporary Flameworked Art (http://www.global-overview.com/).