Brief BiographyBorn in 1951 in Fort Belvoir , Virginia and raised in Honolulu , Hawaii , Roberts formal education ended after one year of college. Heapprenticed with a professional lampworker for two years in the mid-seventies and then sold his own designs at outdoor craft fairs for tenyears. In 1987 he took a class from Paul Stankard that opened his eyesto the possibilities of his medium. In 1989, he stopped doing craft showsand began marketing his work exclusively through galleries. Since then,his career has taken off. He shows his work in some of the finestgalleries in the country and participates in prominent exhibitions eachyear. His work is exhibited in many prominent collections including theRenwick Gallery of American Crafts at the Smithsonian Institution, theCorning Museum of Glass, The Toledo Museum of Art, The CarnegieMuseum of Art, The Mint Museum, The Cleveland Museum of Art, TheMuseum of American Glass at Wheaton Village .He has taught extensively at the major glass schools including thePilchuck Glass School , Penland School of Crafts, The Studio at theCorning Museum of Glass, and The Eugene Glass School. He has filmedand produced two videos on his flameworking process, and he hasdesigned and maintains an elaborate web page dedicated to his ownwork and the galleries that represent him (www.mickelsenstudios.com). He has published numerous technical and historical articles onflameworked glass. He served for six years on the board of directors ofthe Glass Art Society and was their treasurer and vice-president.
Artists Statement"I am primarily interested in the personal expression of ideasand feelings and how the resulting sculptures fit into theenvironment of our lives. I believe strongly in the uniquenessof my own vision and strive to express it in the purest andmost honest way possible. This often means steppingcompletely away from the traditional forms that have alwaysbeen associated with my chosen medium (glass) and embracingforms, materials, and techniques that are not only non-traditional, but even controversial. I believe in breaking rulesto achieve what I want and revel in the disapproval thisapproach often generates. I identify myself less and less withthe material and technique of glass and more and more simplywith living the life of an artist, making work that fulfills myneed to be creative.The objects I create are narratives… personal vignettes thatreveal the secrets of my innermost thoughts. These are oftenmysteries even to me until the creative process reveals themand so the work becomes a form of self-discovery. The workprovides me with a path to understanding things that Iotherwise would not be aware of and sharing them with others