ANDREW MADVIN FOUNDER / ARTIST / DESIGNER Born in 1977 near Detroit Michigan, Andrew grew up curious with the freedom to explore the outdoors quickly becoming interested in the natural world around him. He displayed a passion for creativity and a clear talent to build. These innate skills developed in his high school metals and jewelry classes, earning him work at a custom jeweler. Soon earning him gold and silver scholastic awards on a national level for his art and designs.
This energy in combination with a scholarship propelled his schooling to the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. Here Andrew abandon the delicate format of jewelry for the larger scale study of sculpture. However, once exposed to the medium of glass there was no doubt it was the beginning of a life long relationship. “The material holds an excitement I can feel. I see endless possibilities in form, technique, and physical attraction waiting to be discovered.” The fire and soul of hot glass seduced Andrew at once.
His Studies continued at the California College of Art in Oakland/San Francisco and Pilchuck glass school on a full scholarship. Andrew’s profound glass experiences resulted in the opening of Axiom Glass Studio in Detroit Michigan in the year 2000. Here he developed an arena for boundless personal creativity in a 10,000 square foot state of the art facility.
Currently, Andrew is producing all of his original glass works to the highest quality and craftsmanship. His limited edition fine craft and fine art sculpture continue to evolve as his techniques flourish and his ideas expand. Installation and custom commission work are available and collected on a national and international level.
ROBERT MADVIN Born in 1982 in Michigan, Robert Madvin was first introduced to glass while enrolled in high school by his older brother Andrew Madvin, also a successful glass artist. He later studied glass-blowing at the College of Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan and the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Honolulu, Hawaii. While earning his degree in fine arts from the College of Creative Studies Robert began working with his brother to develop their own glass studio at the Russell Industrial Center in Detroit, Michigan.
Now seven years later, Robert continues to blow glass and cultivate his work in that same studio space called Axiom Glass. Robert’s primary inspiration derives from nature; his artwork focuses on natural elements, textures, and color that he encounters in his travels and his day to day endeavors. While Robert was studying in Hawaii he developed his most prominent glass sculpture series called Pohaku, meaning “rock” or “stone.” Ancient Hawaiians would stack stones upon one another to create rock sculptures used as navigational instruments throughout the islands.
Robert encountered some of these organic tools while hiking various trails in Hawaii and developed them into his glass stacked stone sculptures being shown at various art shows and galleries throughout the US and Canada. Robert resides in Royal Oak, Michigan and continues to develop his passion for glass.