“I fell in love with glass as a medium to express my love and connection to nature. When I approach glass in its fluid state, I feel as if this connection is enhanced. Tuning into this sacred space, allows me to understand the link between the earth elements and my own.
Glass is not only a material, it is matter, living its own life, a powerful medium of communication. It is both beautiful and treacherous. It lends itself to metaphor because it can imitate some things, such as Water, Magma, Stone and suggests other things like Air and Light. It is poetry.
The ephemeral changing colors and movement of magma and moving water are properties of the glass itself. It can be liquid, viscous, transparent, opaque, shiny, solid, adaptable, flowing and versatile. This makes it the perfect material to express the dynamic raw and liberating energy revealed in the Aina (land) of Hawaii”
“One of the most powerful aspects of glass is its ability to hold light in its mass in a way similar to that which energy/spirit is held in the mass of the human body. “
Daniel Moe was born in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1967. He received his Fine Arts degree in Hot Glass from The University of Wisconsin in 1991.
Being drawn by a powerful calling from the Big Island of Hawaii in 1999 was a key factor to further expand his connection to Mother Earth with his creative glass work. He currently lives and works in Puna, where he gets his inspiration from living with the volcano Kilauea just a few miles away from his home/studio. The Puna region is also known for its dramatic ocean waters. Waves eternally and passionately crash on the breathtaking lava cliffs moving Daniel to give birth to his ocean wave series.
Daniel finds tremendous support in integrating his creative energy through the daily practice of Kundalini yoga, which he claims keeps him disciplined, young and excited about life. He gives thanks for the positive impact of his brothers from the Mankind Project, the extraordinary support and love from his wife, and the driving force of his two daughters. All of these being pivotal to the ongoing transformation and maturity of his glass work.
Although Nature is what inspires him the most, Daniel is constantly pushing his own comfort zone by learning/assisting with other glass artists and by taking part in stimulating glass programs at Pilchuck School . His main influences and some of the people who he has worked with are Karen Willenbrink, Benjamin Moore, Martin Blank, Pino Signoretto, Jacqueline Spiro, Jan Erick Ritzman, Lino Tagliapietra, Ed & Elena Schmidd, William Morris and others.
Maria Arroyo Moe – Business partner & wife
Maria was born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1977. She lived there until 2001 when she moved to the United States. Residing in Hawaii since 2008, she works as a Professional Massage Therapist, Photographer and is the business manager of her husband’s business, Moe Hot Glass. There, Maria is the heart that keeps everything running behind the scenes. Her contribution to the team extends to web design, photography, writing, bookkeeping, inventory keeper and marketing. She is also the primary aesthetic consultant whenever she walks into the studio during the process of the creation of a new glass art piece. She is keen with colors, ideas and forms, and is intimately involved in the glass designs.
Maria’s has many virtues including the ability to recognize what is needed in the moment, and spontaneously developing effective strategies to achieve the desired outcome. She is very focused, determined, and rarely interrupts her own process until she has reached it’s completion. Her art can be seen at www.MariaArroyoPhotography.com
“Being part of this team has helped me to breakthrough fixed ideas of who I am, and what I am able and capable to give. I am artist in many ways, I love colors and my mind works in frames, like photographs. Being in the studio, witnessing the art process from the beginning until the end, feeds my soul. The color transformation process of the glass from bright red to any color combination, the alchemy, the beauty of creation, the team work. Living on this island and witnessing the raw forces of nature and the process in the studio, very much alike processes.”
Kimball Trump – Assistant
Kimball was born in Stamford, Connecticut in 1967. He moved to NYC at a very young age where he was very exposed to art. Kimball started by exploring Photography and then moved into Painting & Ceramics. Deepening his curiosity for “Oil painting” took him to France where he first discovered and fell in love with Glass. Kimball received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in glass at Alfred University in NYC in 1989. He has worked, trained and apprenticed with many talented glass artists since then. Kimball currently lives in Hawaii. He is an essential part of our team at Moe Hot Glass, talented, bright and always bringing his “right on” perspective and outlook.
“The physical sensation of blowing glass is unlike any other. The heat and fluidity of this medium encourages me to see how far I can go. Challenging and fun, glass is the mesmerizing material I choose to express my art. The warmth of the furnace is the comfort of home to me.”
Noah Dawn – Assistant
Noah was born on the Big Island of Hawaii in 1978. Later on, he moved to Colorado where he fell in love with lamp working. That lead him to Seattle where he went to Pilchuck Glass School and learn the craft. After a while, he realized Seattle was too cold and gloomy when not blowing glass or being close to furnace. He then, embarked himself on a journey traveling to different places to finally end up back home, the Big Island of Hawaii. Noah is a farmer at heart and very passionate about self-sustainable living. A great chef, Noah co-creates with his wife Laura Dawn at Happy & Raw, catering and serving with their amazing nutrition and raw food knowledge.
Nils Korfmacher – Apprentice/Assistant
Nils was born in Germany in 1997 and has been living in Hawaii since 2004. Being Daniel Moe’s apprentice has been an eye opening experience for him. This young man started from the very basics, sweeping the floors, opening and closing the glory hole doors and guarding Daniel’s hands from the intense heat of the glass. Two years later he’s made a lot of progress and a bridge of trust has been developed as he becomes more keen and adept with his skills. He’s been tapping into a new love, “Glass”, and this is something that keeps him excited and motivated.
Nils is also a talented juggler. He currently participates in one of the best Circus Schools for youth in Hawaii, the “Hiccup Circus”. This training has been key to develop a sense of teamwork, dedication and a great sense of humor.
” I am captivated by the heat of the glass coming out of the furnace. The way the glass is colored and the freedom that comes with it is just fascinating! I love that each piece we make is unique and individual. I enjoy learning new things every time I come to the studio and I love helping the team. One of my favorite things is saving the piece in the nick of time or doing something important at the perfect moment. I love the juggling aspect of blowing glass”
Sarah Rose – Apprentice
Sarah Rose was born in St. Paul MN in 1984 yet her family moved to rural Alaska when she was only six years old. Throughout her life she’s experimented with many different art forms, to include painting, photography, jewelry, chainmaille, cooking, cake decoration, weaving, tattooing, and costume design.
Sarah came to the Big Island with her partner and daughter in 2014 with the dream of a simple sustainable, and peaceful life, just as her parents did by moving to Alaska long ago. After 20+ years in Alaska, it was time for sunshine and sand. Sarah always knew she would live ocean side, the surf washes over her soul with the peace and serenity she craves. Sarah came to Hawaii as a trained massage therapist and certified as a pharmacy technician, yet she kept her heart open to new and exciting possibilities leading her to meet Daniel Moe for a chance at an apprenticeship position. Never having set foot in a hot shop, Sarah fell in love with the idea of learning this trade, and was greatly honored to be invited. While glass art is still very new to her, Sarah feels at home and enjoys working quickly and instinctively as part of the team with this amazing medium.
“For me, working with hot glass is a great reminder, and even a shortcut to being “present”. There is no time for anything else, there is only the glass and what it needs from me, commanding my full and undivided attention. Additionally, the forms it can take and ways to work with it feel limitless, and that in itself is very exciting and motivating.”
Summer Campbell – Assistant
Summer was born in Rescue, California in 1988. Moving to Kauai at the age of 11 was the foundation for her to discover her passion for glass. Being “home schooled” gave her a lot of freedom and was the key for her to find her own calling. At the age of 14 she had already made her first “glass bead”. That set the stage for her to fall in love with this art, the glass art. She’s started apprenticing with Daniel at the age of 21 and as she became more experienced she became his assistant. Besides being part of our team, Summer has a small online business where she offers her glass jewelry and crafts.
” I love the alchemy of glass art, taking a solid element, melting it and reshaping it into pure imagination! I love the way we all work together. It’s like a dance, sometimes slow, sometimes fast but always exciting.”
Amanda Seavers – Assistant
Amanda was born in Panama in 1980, where she lived until the age of 8. From there she moved to Micronesia, then Hawaii and most recently, to Tahoe. Her inspiration comes as she embraces the natural world, which are the elements that gives essence and freedom of expression to her artwork. Amanda went to Pilchuck Glass School where she studied under Roger Parramore, Karen Willenbrink, Brian Krikvliet and Nancy Nagel .
“I love the avidity of the glass calling fourth my full intention to create the non-material into the material. I love the connection we all share when working together in the studio, the dance with the glass and with each other. We truly tune in”
“You might as well ask an artist to explain his art, or ask a poet to explain his poem. It defeats the purpose. The meaning is only clear thorough the search.”
― Rick Riordan