Chris Upp

Glassblower Chris Upp taps into his experiences with Hawai’ian sea life to create incredibly detailed pieces in borosilicate glass. Borosilicate glass is known for having very low coefficients of thermal expansion, meaning it will not crack under extreme temperature changes like regular glass.

Born on Kaua’i and influenced by his ceramicist father, he now lives on the Big Island. Melting glass since 1996, Chris creates both sculptures and commercial lighting.

“Natural colors and lifelike features are what I strive for in my attention to detail. Almost daily I’m in the water, surfing with turtles or swimming above the reef.”

Gallery Note

Each of Chris’s pieces is made to order and shipped to you directly from his studio on the Big Island. If you have a very specific color or pose in mind, please email us at info@mauihands.com to place your order.

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