Internationally acclaimed glass artist, Will Dexter originally studied Marine Biology for three years at the University of Miami. He then moved to go to the University of Wisconsin where he studied glass for two years. Determined on being a glass artist, he received his B.FA. from Tyler School of Art. Afterward, he attended the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design for his M.F.A. in glass. In 1990, will received a Masterworks Fellowship by the Creative Glass Center of America, Millville, NJ. Currently Will is a glass instructor at the Tyler School of Art. He and his wife, Karla have lectured and taught glass at renowned Pilchuck Glass School, Penland Craft School, and Rhode Island School of Design. Will’s work is exhibited throughout the world in major galleries, universities, and museums, including: National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan; the Glasmuseum Wertheim, Germany; the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; the Museum of the State of Rhode Island; the Museum of American Glass, Wheaton Village, NJ; and many others.
Will Dexter is known for his massive sculptural vessels magnified by dynamic swirling forms of color among precious dichroic glass. I love working with glass as a physical activity that results in objects which are beautiful. Will further describes his attraction to creating large objects as, “I enjoy designing and solving problems, which makes taking on large corporate commissions especially viable and interesting for me.” His skill and creativity is revealed by Will’s ever evolving work, including the use of dichroic glass. Dichroic glass is a very thin glass which originally developed for high technology applications, is now admired by glass artists for its ability to transmit one color while reflecting another. “Although I explore many ideas, I seem to return to images that have aquatic feeling. Perhaps this reflects my childhood living on Florida’s Gulf Coast, my education in marine biology, or maybe it’s because I respond to the sensual wetness of glass.”