Filip Vogelpohl, the owner of Boise Art Glass, was born in Prague, Czech Republic and fled to the United States in 1987 as a refugee. He grew up in Boise, Idaho and took numerous art classes throughout high school. After graduating, while traveling the Northwest, Filip visited Eugene, Oregon, where his instant attraction to glassblowing sparked, compliments of a friend who introduced him to it. He has now owned Boise Art Glass for 12 years!
The first two years of flameworking, during his learning years, involved extensive torch time and guidance. Filip continued to travel while taking classes all over the world, and he studied with such greats as Robert Mickelson, Kevin O’Grady in Colorado, and Casare Toffolo in Murano, Italy.
Today Filip enjoys teaching classes at Boise Art Glass as well as making large scale projects for public spaces He has his glass art in galleries throughout the country, and his custom ordered chandeliers can be found in many restaurants and homes. These include Barbacoa, Mai Thai, Solid Bar and Grill, the Brickyard, Fresh off the Hook, Flatbread Pizza, the US Bank downtown, and at the Inn at 500, a new boutique hotel being built in downtown Boise.
To see Filip’s work and learn more about his classes, you can visit his website and freely stop by his studio to watch the art taking shape. Also, to those wishing to be a great artist as well, Filip encourages them to immerse themselves in the passions and to not give up as it can be a tough road to walk down. He’s there to help people make a name for themselves in the world of glass art, and his classes aren’t to be missed!
On Saturdays you can also view Filip’s work as his booth which is located across from the capitol building between Jefferson and State Streets during the regular market season.