About Hot Glass Houston…

bobphoto3.jpgBob Paterson is co-owner of Hot Glass Houston along with his wife, Lezlie.  His passion for glass was unavoidable as he marveled at four very simple stained glass panels of the Saints backlit at the front of a small Methodist Church he attended as a kid growing up in Hobart, Indiana.  It was in 1983 when he scored and broke his first piece of glass at Fox Stained Glass Studios in Indianapolis led by Claire Fox that he realized there was no turning back from glass. 

A graduate of DePauw University with a BA in Chemistry and an MA in Computer Science from Northern Illinois University, Bob held successful management and leadership positions in major corporations such as Eli Lilly, Inland Steel, GTE, Verizon, e-talk, ADVO and Valassis throughout his career.  But he always found time on the side to pursue his passion in art glass.  His career took him from Indiana to Utah to Georgia to Dallas and finally to Houston.  All along the way he found places where art glass was being created.

Four events in his glass journey have shaped his passion and pursuits in the glass arts – His first glass class with Claire Fox, a workshop with master glass painter Kenneth J. Leap, an introduction to warm glass with artist Gene Hester and a five day workshop at the center of warm glass in America, Bullseye Glass of Portland, Oregon.  On an early Friday morning in January of 2008 he was greeted by a vice president from the last company he worked at with a surprise message that “there was going to be a change in strategy” for the corporation.

This unplanned change and with the support and encouragement of his wife provided Bob the opportunity to leave the corporate life behind and pursue his passion in glass with the opening of the Hot Glass Houston Studio – the Bullseye Glass Kiln Glass Resource Center Preferred Partner serving the largest city in Texas.

Check out what the Houston Chronicle had to say about us HERE.

Also see what the University of Houston Small Business Development Center had to say too HERE.