ALOHA and E KOMO MAI !
Moe Hot Glass is located on the Big Island of Hawaii. We live and create our artwork surrounded by amusing ocean waters and next to one of the most active volcanoes in the world, Kilauea.
Our inspiration comes from observing and feeling the elements. Powerful waves, waterfalls, breaching whales, the trees connected forming mingling canopies and the earth so alive and bursting with lava!
Welcome! This is an open invitation to explore our unique representation of the elements through our glass art.
MEET THE TEAM
DANIEL MOE – The artist
Daniel Moe was born in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1967. He received his bachelors 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 Kalapana where he gets his inspiration from living with the volcano Kilauea just a few miles away from his home/studio. Kilauea is one the most active volcanoes in the world yet its activity is uniquely non-violent which makes it an invaluable resource for up-close study and modes of inspiration.
The Kalapana 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.
I’ts been said that people living on the East side of this island experience vast and colorful emotions and creative power due to the impact of the energetic forces of nature. Having done much healing after a challenging long-term relationship, with the support of his brothers from the Mankind Project, lots of love from his current partner and the inspiration of his two lovely daughters, Daniel has come through much transformation. This internal work has brought order to his life and maturity to his work.
My work is strongly influenced by the ever-changing relationship of the natural raw elements that make up this earth. When I tune into this sacred space, I understand the connection between the earth elements and my own, therefore bringing oneness and wholeness into my creative work.
The properties of liquid glass are very much like hot lava or water: adaptable, flowing and versatile. This makes it the perfect material to express the nature of the dynamic raw and liberating energy revealed in the Aina (land) on Hawaii.
MARIA ARROYO MOE- Business partner
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 fiance’s business, Moe Hot Glass. There, Maria is the great woman 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.”
KIMBALL TRUMP – Assistant
Kimball was born in Stamford, Connecticut in 1967. He moved to NYC at a very young age where he was very much exposed to art. Kimball started exploring Photography 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 decree in glass sculpture in Alfred University in NYC in 1989. He has worked, trained and apprenticed from many talented glass artists since then. Kimball currently lives in Hawaii. Besides being a key part of Moe Hot Glass’s team he is also a small business owner, making lampwork glass jewelry. Many nights, you’ll find him exhibiting his own creations at the end of road in Kalapana, near the volcano viewing area.
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.
AMANDA SEAVERS -Assistant
Amanda was born in Panama in 1980, where she lived until the age of 8. From there she moved to Micronesia and now lives in Hawaii. Her inspiration comes as she embraces the natural world, from the surrounding beauty of the tropical island landscapes to the ocean and her diverse upbringing. These elements give essence and freedom of expression to the artwork she does now.
Amanda went to Pilchuck Glass School in Washington State where she studied under Roger Parramore, Karen Willenbrink, Brian Krikvliet and Nancy Nagel .
She is part of the team at Moe Hot Glass and she also does her own glass lampworking, making fine glass jewelry. Whether she is creating with Daniel or creating on her own, her love for nature expresses itself.
“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.
I have loved working with Daniel all these years. He is a calm, a wonderful teacher and a good friend”.
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 assisting Daniel at the age of 21 and as she became more experienced she moved into being an 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.”
NILS KORFMACHER – Apprentice
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. A little over a year 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”