Glass Menagerie

Sculpted in meticulous detail and bright colors, the glass designs of Chris Ahalt depict visually strong animals made fragile by delicately balancing or floating above wire. His balloon-like creations of hollow glass include African and Asian elephants, black and white rhinos, giraffes, hippos, sharks and whales, just to name a few. Hours of intensive work result in […]

Sculpted in meticulous detail and bright colors, the glass designs of Chris Ahalt depict visually strong animals made fragile by delicately balancing or floating above wire. His balloon-like creations of hollow glass include African and Asian elephants, black and white rhinos, giraffes, hippos, sharks and whales, just to name a few. Hours of intensive work result in deceptively simple animal balloons. Each sculpture is sandblasted for a frosted finish, strung up on copper wire with hand-forged ridges emulating real ribbon, and tethered to small weights. The flexibility of the wire enhances the illusion of real balloons slightly swaying back and forth. “Balloons, to me, suggest celebration, children and wonder,” shares Chris. “The iconic animals that I pick appeal to those childlike sensibilities as well.”

About the Artist:

Chris Ahalt was first introduced to the world of flame working by good friend, Bob Heise (aka Minnesota Bob), in 1998. “There weren’t but a handful of flame workers in our city at the time, so being given that opportunity at such a burgeoning point will be something that I’ll always be thankful for,” he shares. Despite a temperamental process and plenty of broken glass, Chris says he still loves getting lost in the creative process. For more, visit chrisahalt.com.