1977 was an amazing year. Jimmy Carter was sworn in as President of the United States. Fleetwood Mac released “Rumors”. The Original Apple II personal computer was released. Axiom Glass was born.
Andrew started life not far from Detroit, Michigan. Growing up curious was good since he had the freedom to be outdoors. and experience the inspiration the natural world gives an energetic interested boy.
The older Andrew got the more creative he became. He started showing a real talent to build.
By high school he applied these skills to metal and jewelry classes. That learning and his experience with it secured him work at a Custom Jewelers Studio.
Andrew applied his experience and designs and love of creating and soon won National Gold and Silver Scholastic Medals for his Art.
Andrew Madvin Glass Artist
Armed with a Scholarship. Fired up by his creative energy and experience. Andrew Madvin blasted into the College for Creative Studies in Detroit.
Andrew now left the delicate design of Jewelry behind him. It was time to approach a larger scale, the study of sculpture.
Andrew's discovery of the medium of Glass Artistry changed everything for him. Being a Glass Artist was now the goal and the beginning of a long relationship.
Andrew said “The (glass) material holds an excitement I can feel” Discovering the endless possibilities changed Andrew. The Fire and Soul of Hot Glass seduced a new Glass Artist.
Andrew continued growing at the California College of Art. As a Glass Artist he loved both Oakland and San Francisco and the College of Art.
Then he received a full scholarship to Pilchuk Glass School and found his inspiration in the beauty of Snohomish County, Washington. Now Andrew Madvin Glass Artist was ready for more.
Andrew Madvin Glass Master
By the year 2000, at the age of 23 Andrews experience and ability allowed him to create and open Axiom Glass Studio in Detroit Michigan.
Ten thousand square feet of space helped him create a State of the Art Glass Art facility.
Now he had a place for his endless personal creativity.
Andrew has developed and created strong hand-blown glass pieces.
His technique and vision has taken him to the International Glass Spotlight, and has cemented his place in the Glass Masters of the world.
His intense colors and dynamic design is a bold and beautiful approach to glass that is admired by collectors and artisans.
Axiom Glass Thorn Vessel
One of Andrews most unusual creations is the Thorn Bowl.
After blowing a bowl shape in colorful layered glass, Andrew carefully attaches more than a dozen clear glass feet to the base. This allows the sculpture to be free standing but still change position.
This technique is hard enough to consider and develop just as it is.
Now throw in the fact that blown glass is created at 2000 degrees fahrenheit.
Andrew Madvin also is known for his flower and stone shapes all in beautiful glass. All created at 2000 degrees
Another Madvin Glass Artist
In 1982, when Andrew was 5 years old, his brother Robert was born.
Also a creative and inspired boy Robert was introduced to Glass while he was in High School.
In fact it was Andrew who started him on that path.
Robert Madvin took a similar path. He first attended School at the Detroit College for Creative Studies. Then moved on to the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Robert's inspiration is mostly from Nature. His designs focus on natural elements. The beautiful colors, textures and things he sees in his travels.
While Robert studied in Hawaii he developed a glass series called “Pohaku. It means literally Rock or Stone. To achieve this the Glass Artist piles hand blown pieces of glass on each other in the way the Hawiians used “rocks” as navigation signs.
Now; the Madvin Brothers
Robert worked with Andrew to develop their own Glass Studio. The first one at the Russell Industrial Center in Detroit, Michigan.
That incredible space is called Axiom Glass. By definition an axiom is a statement of truth.
For both Andrew and Robert Madvin Glass is the truth.
So now you know the story. Two brothers, both inspired by glass. Their journey together and their journeys alone.
Andrew Madvin and Robert Madviin have created a unique place in Artistry.
Both of them are Glass Masters. Both of them are in love with creating.
Doing it all at 2000 degrees fahrenheit.