Founded in 1979 in Corning's historic Market Street district, 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 and the satisfaction of our customers.
When Tom went to work for Bob Rockwell in 1982 he had no idea that glass would end up playing such a major role in his life. Mr. Rockwell is the world's leading collector of Carder-Steuben glass.
Under the guidance of Mr. Rockwell, Tom had the opportunity to handle and examine the work of Frederick Carder.
Over the next ten years, Tom's glass working skills and aesthetic sensitivity continued to develop. Hot glass challenges me constantly says Tom, I don't think I really control the molten glass, I just influence it.
Each piece is made of uncompromising quality and craftsmanship. I am passionate about bringing the craft and design together to give each piece its own character.