Paul Bendzunas began his journey in glass in 1974, at the University of Georgia in Athens. Primarily self-taught, Paul had to figure out not only how to make art with glass, a material that's normally worked around 2000°F, he also had to learn how to construct his own furnaces and tools.
When asked why he chose glass for his medium: "I like the immediacy of glass. I can conceptualize and finish a piece in one process. Glass is like watercolor. It needs to be in your mind ahead of time and done swiftly. If you lose a piece, you learn something and go to another. You learn to see the potential of the work and make allowances for those special things that happen when it is in process. You save the 'mistakes' you like and correct the others."