I started working with hot glass in the late 1970’s, mostly torchworking, in my family’s glass shop in northern California.
After college, Eric Hansen hungered to experience jet aviation and earned his Navy pilot wings in 1986. In 1992, he transitioned to an airline where he currently flies internationally routes. One incredible benefit to this is visiting glass studios and artists, galleries, museums and collectors around the world!
Throughout his flying career, he has always “kept the fires burning” regarding his passion for hot glass. In 1994, with his Uncle Robert Hansen’s help, Eric started to encapsulate his artwork into solid paperweights. He has explored and experimented with many different techniques and styles, with influences originating from California glass studios, Tiffany and Stankard.
Today, he continues to create paperweights and blown forms from his home studio in Argyle, Texas.