California Glassblower Named Santa Cruz County Artist of the Year


Glass blowing artist and Santa Cruz native Annie Morhauser won Santa Cruz County Artist of the Year. Morhauser, founder of Annieglass, is best known for her tableware and the development of her own glassblowing technique called sag glass. His love for glassblowing started at first sight. “I saw it on the beach at Waddell Creek at a special event,” Morhauser said. “It was just mesmerizing. I saw this glowing, warm glass orb. I was hooked.”Sag glass is the style Morhauser created to stand out and design something all his own. “We take ordinary window glass and decorate it with gold or color or platinum and fire it in a ceramic kilim and on a ceramic mould,” Morhauser explained. “Heat and gravity fuse gold and collapse glass in a mold.” His work is exhibited in various museums, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Gallery of Modern Art in Scotland. gold. was the very first thing I thought of. Because I had a mortgage and I had to pay it, so I needed something that everyone would like and that would sell well,” said said Morhauser. The design was a success and her business quickly took off. She went on to sell in some of the biggest department stores in the country, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman and Barney’s New York. Annie’s art runs in her blood. “My great-great-grandfather was a muralist in Italy and my mom was super talented and she went to textile school in Philadelphia so she could do it all. She knew how to knit, crochet, bead,” Morhauser said. She passed on her love for art to her own children. His son is a muralist and his daughter is set to take over the business which is now entering its 40th year. I thought it was so normal. I thought everyone’s mom was busy making plates, had a factory. It wasn’t until I got older that I really understood how special it is and how much she’s grown over the years,” said Ava Reinhold, Morhauser’s daughter. For Annie, it’s about giving back, donating to over 400 non-profit organizations each year and being part of the traditions of the community. “People would come and say I had your dishes for my wedding 20 years ago and here are my kids now and we left the area. People would tell us we were getting together for Thanksgiving and they would all bring their glass Annie and how much of a tradition it is in their family,” Morhauser said. Her hope is to inspire other young artists to pursue their dreams and continue to experiment with their individuality. “Just go out and have fun, having fun and that’s what ultimately shows,” Morhauser said. Morhauser won Entertainer of the Year honor for his outstanding achievement in his craft and contributions to the culture of Santa Cruz County. She received the award Saturday night at an event at Cabrillo College in Aptos.

Glass blowing artist and Santa Cruz native Annie Morhauser won Santa Cruz County Artist of the Year. Morhauser, founder of Annieglass, is best known for her tableware and the development of her own glassblowing technique called sag glass. His love for glassblowing started at first sight.

“I saw it on the beach at Waddell Creek at a special event,” Morhauser said. “It was just mesmerizing. I saw this glowing, warm glass orb. I was hooked.”

Sagging glass is the style Morhauser created to stand out and design something all its own.

“We take ordinary window glass and decorate it with gold or color or platinum and fire it in a ceramic kilim and on a ceramic mould,” Morhauser explained. “Heat and gravity fuse gold and collapse glass in a mold.”

His work is exhibited in various museums, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Gallery of Modern Art in Scotland.

“The simple gold ring. It was the very first thing I imagined. Because I had a mortgage and I had to pay it, so I needed something that everyone would like and that would sell well,” Morhauser said.

The design was a success and his business quickly took off. She went on to sell in some of the biggest department stores in the country, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman and Barney’s New York.

Annie’s art runs in her blood.

“My great-great-grandfather was a muralist in Italy and my mom was super talented and she went to textile school in Philadelphia so she could do it all. She could knit, crochet, bead,” Morhauser said.

She passed on her love for art to her own children. His son is a muralist and his daughter is preparing to take over the business which will now be 40 years old.e year.

“Growing up, I thought it was so normal. I thought everyone’s mom was busy making plates, had a factory. It wasn’t until I got older that I really learned how much it was special and how much she had grown over the years,” said Ava Reinhold, Morhauser’s daughter.

For Annie, it’s about giving back, donating to over 400 non-profit organizations each year and being part of the traditions of the community.

“People would come and say I had your dishes for my wedding 20 years ago and here are my kids now and we left the area. People would tell us we were getting together for Thanksgiving and they would all bring their glass Annie and how much of a tradition it is in their family,” Morhauser said.

Her hope is to inspire other young artists to pursue their dreams and continue to experiment with their individuality.

“Just go out and have fun, have fun and that’s what ultimately shows,” Morhauser said.

Morhauser won the Artist of the Year award for outstanding achievement in his art and contributions to the culture of Santa Cruz County. She received the award Saturday night at an event at Cabrillo College in Aptos.

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