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"Hot glass challenges me constantly,” says Tom,
“I don’t think I really control the molten glass. I just influence it.” And it’s the way he influences the glass that has captured the attention of people around the world, especially with the intricate sculptures called “heechee probes” where he wraps colorful molten glass around a solid glass probe.
The teamwork and collaboration at Vitrix begin with the relationship between Tom and his brother Bob, whose respective strengths truly compliment each other. Having a close relationship helps, but the dynamic chemistry between the brothers extends beyond their strong familial bond as the two men work hard to create something special in Corning’s Gaffer District.
While continuing to develop new pieces to add to their collection, Tom and Bob and their crew continue to draw the attention of glass lovers from around the world with their exceptionally crafted handmade glass art.
Vitrix Hot Glass Studio is regarded among America's prominent contemporary glass studios. Glass Artist Thomas P. Kelly, owner of Vitrix; along with Robert Kelly, business manager; glassmakers Manny Quinones and Mort Klepacz, and a few dedicated others, are committed to uncompromising quality and craftsmanship.