DOUG FRATES BLOWN GLASS FLAG
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Veteran and one of Art Glass Today’s top artist, Studio Director Doug Frates, of Doug Frates Glass, announced his donation piece for Lone Survivor Foundation 2015 Houston Gala. The panel piece, titled “Patriot,” is an astounding 71 by 54 inches and bound in a handmade leather frame. Doug Frates is internationally known for avant-garde pieces that stretch the visual and technical boundaries of the art glass industry.
Patriot is one of only 100 to be produced by Doug Frates Glass. The Lone Survivor Foundation, LSF, recently chose Patriot to be featured in the Houston Gala auction. This event takes place on September 12, 2015. Funds raised by this event will be used in LSF’s mission to “restore, empower, and renew hope for our wounded service members and their families through health, wellness, and therapeutic support.”
When asked about his generous $10.000 dollar donation piece, Doug Frates’ answer was humbling. “Being a veteran and seeing a war zone firsthand, I know the physical and invisible scars it can leave on our warriors. This is just a small way I can give back and help them during their healing process.”
He left his hometown of St. Louis to enlist in the United States Marine Corps. As a Marine, he served in Iraq and after his tour of duty he found his inspiration and civilian career as a glassblower. Since then, he has become one of the world’s most recognized art glass producers.
Studio Director Doug Frates is an expert of “fusing classic and modern design flare”. The meticulous technique he incorporates in all of his pieces, is one earned from over a decade of practice. With this level of expertise, his intricate creations are known for turning a fantasy into a glass reality. He has been on Art Glass Today as well as being ranked in the Top 60 Glass Artists in the World. Doug Frates is taking the glassblowing industry by fire.