Spruce Pine, North Carolina
Thor Bueno grew up surfing in Southern California and started blowing glass in 1979. He had the privilege of studying with Italo Scanga at University of California at San Diego where he received a BFA. As a founding member of The B Team, a performance group that used hot glass, he toured the world performing in public access facilities and universities. In 2004, he earned an MFA in glass from Alfred University.
Jennifer grew up in Seneca, South Carolina and attended Rhode Island School of Design where she received a BFA in glass. Her work is conceptual in nature and currently centers on satellite imagery. She has earned two MFAs, one from Bard College in sculpture and one from Alfred University in glass.
Thor and Jennifer began working together fifteen years ago after meeting at Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington. With Thor’s background in performance art and Jennifer’s background in conceptual art there was a lot to talk about. They had a different way of looking at the medium because they didn’t always think of glass as utilitarian; it was so much bigger than that. Whether working together in the hot shop or independently, they found a shared interest in pushing the boundaries of what was expected from glass. After completing a three -year residency at Penland School of Crafts in the mountains of North Carolina Thor and Jennifer settled nearby and set up their studio where they continue to find inspiration in the natural beauty that surrounds them.