Flora C. Mace
Flora C. Mace (1949– ) studied sculpture and ceramics at Plymouth State University where she earned a BS in fine art in 1972. She began experimenting with glass while a graduate student in the sculpture program at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana (MFA, 1976). She also studied glass at Illinois State University in Bloomington, doing work with Joel Philip Myers on the weekends. In 1975, through an invitation from Dale Chihuly, she attended a summer workshop in glass at the University of Utah at Snowbird. Mace began producing designs for Dale Chihuly in the mid-1970s and had an early interest in translating two-dimensional lines into glass imagery using drawn-glass threads. In 1977, she became the first-ever resident glass artist at Wheaton Art and Cultural Center (then Wheaton Village). While teaching at Pilchuck Glass School in 1979, Mace met fellow artist Joey Kirkpatrick, and the two have worked collaboratively on both blown-glass vessels and sculptures fabricated with wood, glass, and other mixed media. Both have had a long relationship with Pilchuck and have shared a home and studio in Seattle, Washington. Since 2016, they live and work on a farm on the Olympic Peninsula.