Patti & Dave Hegland
Couple gave up careers to succeed as artists after years of collecting
Patti and Dave Hegland defy the stereotype of artists being wildly driven in their choices.
For more than 20 years the couple enjoyed successful corporate careers ― he in engineering and she in business. “In the back of our minds, we knew that someday we, too, would like to create fine craft at the quality level we were collecting,” she says. “So, when the time came, we called on our analytical decision-making skills to answer the question of what type of fine craft we would create.”
They chose kiln glass. “As a fine craft, it is still rapidly evolving, it lends itself to a more geometric, structured design style we gravitate towards, and we are comfortable working with the power tools needed to create the highly finished look we sought,” he says.
They took their first kiln class in 2009. More followed. And in 2013, they won the NICHE Award for fused glass.
Their designs reflect the rural horizons and lively waterways that surround them on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, they say. On weekends they open their studio, Hegland Glass in Cumberland, Md., to the public.
The couple create vessels, trays, and sculpture by cutting large sheets of glass into narrow strips, laying them on edge and combining separately created inclusions by fusing the parts in a kiln. Then they shape, grind, sandblast and polish.
The Heglands sell a mix of limited-production and one-of-a-kind works to galleries around the country, including commissioned pieces.
Company Name: Hegland Glass
Product Categories: Glass: Fused; Collectibles: Limited Edition, One-of-a-Kind, Signed by the Artist
Studio Location: Chestertown, MD