Boyd Sugiki and Lisa Zerkowitz at Tyler

We had an amazing day with Boyd Sugiki and Lisa Zerkowitz yesterday. They were our first guests in The Laurie Wagman Lecture Series in Glass. They are incredibly warm and generous people, and very talented educators.

They gave a really nice lecture about their work; first Lisa talked about her work and then Boyd about his, finishing with the work that they produce together at their studio, Two Tone Studios. I loved the way that Boyd described their collaborative works at Two Tone, saying that while each of them sees the whole piece, “I see form. Lisa sees color.” It was interesting to see the influences on their work, childhood memory for Lisa and architecture for Boyd. Their path to their current studio was especially inspiring, and demonstrated the incredible tenacity and drive required to work in glass. We saw images of past studios including the corner they shared with six people when they were starting out and then their new studio, which is absolutely stunning and dreamy! We were in awe.

After the lecture, they gave a demo focused on technique for blowing tumblers and bowls. The students seemed enchanted by the clarity and detail as Boyd described their working process. We are very grateful to them for coming to Tyler and sharing their work with us – it was a great day!


Craft Forms 2012, the 18th annual international juried exhibition of contemporary craft at the Wayne Art Center was by juried Cindi Strauss, Assistant Director, Programming and Curator for Modern and Contemporary Decorative Arts and Design at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Of almost 800 submissions, Ms. Strauss selected only 100 pieces including works by two current Tyler students: Robyn Weatherley (MFA Candidate/Spring 2013) and Madeline Rile Smith (BFA Candidate/Fall 2013). Congratulations to Robyn and Madeline!


Robyn Weatherley, 2012
Breath Scroll
window glass, breath and glass powder
6.25″ x 150″ x 0.75″
photo: Sam Fritch


Robyn Weatherley, 2012
Breath Scroll
window glass, breath and glass powder
6.25″ x 150″ x 0.75″
photo: Sam Fritch

Craft Forms is an international juried exhibition dedicated to enhancing the public’s awareness of fine contemporary craft while providing a venue for established and emerging artists alike to share their creative endeavors.

Madeline Rile Smith, 2012Meteor Goblets Flameworked glass

Madeline Rile Smith, 2012
Meteor Goblets
Flameworked glass

For more information including the juror’s statement and catalogue:


This Wednesday, January 30, Tyler Glass will host Boyd Sugiki and Lisa Zerkowitz, the first artists in the Laurie Wagman Lecture Series in Glass at Tyler School of Art / Spring 2013. Lecture at 1.30pm in B089 and Demo 2.30 – 5.0pm in the Irvin Borowsky Glass Studios/Hot Shop. All are welcome!

Boyd Sugiki and Lisa Zerkowitz / Two Tone Studios Cane pitchers and tumblersBlown glass, 12”h (Pitcher), 3” – 4.5”h (Cups)

Boyd Sugiki and Lisa Zerkowitz / Two Tone Studios
Cane pitchers and tumblers
Blown glass, 12”h (Pitcher), 3” – 4.5”h (Cups)

Sugiki and Zerkowitz met as graduate students at the Rhode Island School of Design in the mid-nineties. After completing their degrees, they moved to Seattle, where they operate Two Tone Studios. Their work takes them all over the United States, Canada and overseas, for retail and wholesale shows, exhibitions, teaching opportunities and as visiting artists.

In the United States they have traveled as visiting artists or instructors to the following places: Appalachian Center for Crafts, Bay Area Glass Institute, California College of Arts and Crafts, Emporia State University, Firehouse No. 12, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Penland School of Crafts, Pilchuck Glass School, Pittsburgh Glass School, Pratt Fine Arts Center, Public Glass, Rhode Island School of Design, San Jose State University, Southern Illinois University, Third Degree Glass, University of Hawaii, and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Boyd SugikiLayersBlown glass, 18.5”x43.5”x11.5”, 2009

Boyd Sugiki
Blown glass, 18.5”x43.5”x11.5”, 2009

Beyond our borders, they have traveled to Turkey’s Glass Furnace, both Korea’s Kookmin University and Korea National University of the Arts, Japan’s Toyama Glass Art Institute as well as Kanazu Forest of Creation, and Alberta College of Art and Design in Canada.

Boyd’s addiction to fishing and Lisa’s love of hiking inspires them to travel to unique places where they can experience the outdoors while being exposed to different cultures. These trips allow them to come back to their studio refreshed and excited to create beautiful and contemporary hand blown glass objects that people can live with each day and enjoy fully.

Lisa ZerkowitzBeach BallsBlown & cold-worked glass, 4-15” diameter, 2011

Lisa Zerkowitz
Beach Balls
Blown & cold-worked glass, 4-15” diameter, 2011

For more information, email