“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. Just recently, in 2018, Daniel lost his son after a very traumatic birth. A major life quaking event that changed the way he looks and experiences life in a very dramatic way.
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.
Mādhava Shakti Moe – Business partner & wife
Mādhava 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, Mādhava 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.
“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.”
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.
” 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”
Julius Gutierrez – Apprentice/Assistant
Julius was born in Lima, Peru in 1991 and has been living in Hawaii from a young age. He loves spending time in nature, surfing, skating, diving, as well cross country running and martial arts. In 2013, Julius graduated from University of Hawaii Manoa with a degree in Plant Biotechnology.
He was fortunate enough to discover glassblowing on his last semester, spending almost every waking hour at the shop. The pure excitement of working with a medium so responsive, fluid, complex and simple, soon blossomed into passion. A fire that would keep burning on.
“My passion was able to be expressed again in 2017 when I met and was able to work with Daniel Moe. Assisting in the creation of fine art reflecting the beauty of nature has been a mind expanding process of refinement and awareness. Humbled by the vast variables to keep track of, inspired by the endless possibilities. Grateful for the opportunity, supported by a strong team, looking forward to creations to come.”
Kayden Greenwood- Apprentice
“The first time I stepped foot into the glass shop, the intense heat captured me. I knew this was going to be one of my greatest love affairs. I remember back in 2015, my first year in the studio, running around the shop, opening doors, cleaning the floors, watching the process, etc. I’ve learned so much throughout the years and it keeps getting better. It feels so good to assist with blowing and shaping glass into unimaginable shapes and sizes. Having an amazing open environment where people are encouraged to express themselves is one of my favorite parts of working with Daniel Moe. My goal in glass is to teach and to open other people to the amazing art of glassblowing in the same kind of environment that was available to me”
Kayden was born in Utah, in 1997. He’s been one of our most enthusiastic and inspired apprentices at the shop since 2015. His love for fishing has been instrumental to his apprenticeship because, as he described it “ it takes a lot of patience. It’s all about taking the time to refine your skill set. You have to cast 100 times before you catch a fish, you have to blow 1000 vessels before you can successfully blow a nice vessel.”
““Creativity takes courage””
― Henri Matisse