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 ten years.In 1987 he took a class from Paul Stankard that opened his eyes to thepossibilities of his medium. In 1989, he stopped doing craft shows andbegan marketing his work exclusively through galleries. Since then, hiscareer has taken off. He shows his work in some of the finest galleries inthe country and participates in prominent exhibitions each year. His workis exhibited in many prominent collections including the Renwick Galleryof American Crafts at the Smithsonian Institution, the Corning Museum ofGlass, The Toledo Museum of Art, The Carnegie Museum of Art, TheMint Museum, The Cleveland Museum of Art, The Museum of AmericanGlass at Wheaton Village .He has taught extensively at the major glass schools including the PilchuckGlass School , Penland School of Crafts, The Studio at the CorningMuseum of Glass, and The Eugene Glass School. He has filmed andproduced two videos on his flameworking process, and he has designedand maintains an elaborate web page dedicated to his own work and thegalleries that represent him (www.mickelsenstudios.com). He haspublished numerous technical and historical articles on flameworked glass.He served for six years on the board of directors of the Glass Art Societyand was their treasurer and vice-president.
Artists Statement"I am primarily interested in the personal expression of ideas andfeelings and how the resulting sculptures fit into the environment ofour lives. I believe strongly in the uniqueness of my own vision andstrive to express it in the purest and most honest way possible. T hisoften means stepping completely away from the traditional formsthat have always been associated with my chosen medium (glass)and embracing forms, materials, and techniques that are not onlynon-traditional, but even controversial. I believe in breaking rules toachieve what I want and revel in the disapproval this approach oftengenerates. I identify myself less and less with the material andtechnique of glass and more and more simply with living the life ofan artist, making work that fulfills my need to be creative.T objects I create are narratives… personal vignettes that reveal hethe secrets of my innermost thoughts. T hese are often mysteries evento me until the creative process reveals them and so the workbecomes a form of self-discovery. T work provides me with a path heto understanding things that I otherwise would not be aware of andsharing them with others who can then identify those things withinthemselves.“