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Biography: Ralph Mossman and Mary Mullaney

Mary Mullaney and Ralph Mossman of Heron Glass
Ralph Mossman and Mary Mullaney

Mary Mullaney and Ralph Mossman are a husband/wife team making glass together since 1985. Beads have become a part of their artistic repertoire as a result of a lifelong love of beads, and as a natural extension of some of their other blown work involving complex glass cane.

Mossman started his glassblowing career in 1978 at Haystack Craft School, and received a BA in glass from Hampshire College in 1981. He has worked with a variety of teachers as both a student and an assistant, notably Fritz Dreisbach, Josh Simpson, Ricky Bernstein, and Dick Marquis. Mullaney received a BFA with a specialization in glass from Southern Connecticut State University in 1987, and continued her education under Lino Tagliapietra, Lisabeth Sterling, and Kimiake and Shin-ichi Higuchi, among others.

They have received numerous awards for their work, including the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts (2002, Idaho), Fellowship Awards from the Idaho Commission on the Arts (1999 and 2011), and selected for New Glass Review (1996, 2001, and 2006). Their work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally and they have taught many classes throughout North America.

Since 1987, they have worked from their studio under the name Heron Glass in the beautiful and isolated mountain town of Driggs, Idaho, where they create work as distinctive and varied as the environment in which they live.