Wayne Strattman has been manipulating glass, gases, and electricity for more than 30 years, has had over 4000 private commissions, and has worked with nearly 1000 museums. Lighted glass is his passion, and he is personally responsible for pioneering many of the techniques now intrinsic to his medium. Strattman’s work picks up where Geissler, Crookes, and Tesla left off.
Strattman’s early background degree in engineering, complemented by his work as a researcher, teacher, and artist, has enabled him to produce more than 100 articles, the bestselling textbook (and industry standard) Neon Techniques, a large number of lighting patents, and lighted sculpture products that utilize techniques well beyond conventional neon.
Strattman received the world’s first PhD by published papers in glass and the Neon Arts from the University of Sunderland in the U.K., recognizing his many years of work in sculpture, research, writing, and advocating for neon and other advanced forms of lighted glass sculpture.
“Essentially what I do is take electricity and turn it into light using glass as the medium,” —Wayne Strattman
Strattman started out doing Neon Glass, creating everything from Picasso drawings to mathematical representations to protest signs out of neon tubing. His work varies in size and purpose, from fine art pieces to display tubes for Chevrolet in Germany to interactive plasma counter tops for bars.
Wayne Strattman’s Boston based company, Strattman Design, has been a leader for decades in building lighted museum displays in blown glass, custom sculpture, and innovative lighting products for commerce and industry.
A former Glass Art Society (GAS) board member, Strattman started and endowed the Critical Dialogue lecture series, co-endowed the Technology Advancing Glass program, helped initiate the GAS Board Designated Fund, and created and helped maintain the Annual GAS Neon Show since 1997. Wayne was honored in 2017 as Lifetime Member of the Year for the Glass Art Society.
Perhaps Strattman's most famous work is called Luminglass. Star Trek fans will recognize it as the charging station for the Borg. “I was working on creating a plasma TV came up with a process for making flat glass that lit up and was kinetic. Luminglass is made out of window glass fused together in a kiln. Air is removed and gas is put in.”
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