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Pauli Nelson Maiville
Pauli Nelson Maiville has two passions in life: fish and glass. He melds these two interests into outstanding works of art. One of the earliest memories of his childhood in Connecticut is that of his grandfather teaching him to fish.
Since moving to Florida at the age of twelve, he has intensified his passion through long hours of wading the flats of the Gulf Coast of Florida. When he began blowing glass in 1987, it was natural that the first form to appear on the end of his pipe would be a fish. Since then, his work has grown and evolved, but the influence of the sea is still inherent in all his art. Even his vases, bowls and paperweights include the organic and fluid rhythms of the sea.
As a world traveler, his exposure to different cultures and their unique ways of expressing ideas and emotions through artistic means has enriched and broadened his view on the world and its anthropomorphic landscape. Encountering the world's amazing flora and fauna along his life's journey has also influenced his love of color and natural forms.
David is a self-taught flame-working glass artist who first started working on a torch in 1998. In 2008, he began a two year apprenticeship in "hot glass", where he applied his knowledge of flame-working to this new and exciting medium. In 2010 he began working with the Morean Arts Center as the Hot Shop & Glass Studio Technician. He is currently the Morean Arts Center's Hot Shop & Glass Studio Assistant Manager, where he also creates his art during glassblowing demonstrations with his apprentice, Edel Walker.
Jeremiah Jacobs was born in 1983 and grew up in rural Wisconsin. In 2000, he took an interest in his high school ceramics program, and he has been a practicing potter ever since. Shortly after high school, Jeremiah attended the School of The Art Institute of Chicago where he took a great interest in Athenian vase technique, this influence can still be heavily seen in Jeremiah's work today. For many years Jeremiah Apprenticed in potteries around the country from Maine to Hawaii, and just about everywhere in between. In 2011, he took a position as a resident artist at the Craftsman House Gallery. This position introduced Jeremiah to the Warehouse Arts District here in St. Petersburg, Florida where he now lives and works.
Since coming to St. Petersburg, he has been exposed to many different types of artistic work and he has been anxiously learning as many new materials and processes as possible, including mold making, glass blowing and bronze casting. Now working at the Morean Glass Studio & Hot Shop as one of the house gaffers, Jeremiah is quickly becoming a rounded glassblower. Many of his skill sets from his ceramic work transfers into the glass, as do his ideas and styles from his ceramic work. Through this, Jeremiah has experienced a creative surge in many new and exciting directions.