Born in Philadelphia, PA, Michael Trimpol was first introduced to
glass working during a high school stained glass course in Stowe,
He pursued a career in stained glass while attending Concordia
University in Montreal designing and creating many residential
commissions as well as several public installations. Frustrated with the
limitations of the two dimensional process, he enrolled at Sheridan
College School of Craft & Design in Mississauga, Ontario to learn
the art of glassblowing.
Upon graduation in 1985, he was accepted for a residency at
Harbourfront Craft Studios, one of Toronto's most popular tourist
Shortly after he left Harbourfront in 1989, he established his own
company Hotglass Inc. in Mississauga, Ontario for which he designed and
created a full line of blown glass products.
In 1995, Michael relocated to Stowe, Vermont and founded Little River
Hotglass Studio. He currently designs and manufactures a diverse body
of product in addition to overseeing the operations of the studio.
Of the many media and processes which can be used to create, I have
always been attracted to glass and its potential. Initially working with
stained glass, I became drawn to the dynamic nature of the blowing
process which seemed to better suit both my nature and my vision.
I have a strong preference for objects of a personal scale and with
potential utility. A vessel with a lid or stopper has always been of
most interest. Color and pattern are also important, either a single
pure color highlighting form or a more complex mixture to create
I am proud of the final product but the actual process of creation is what I find most satisfying.
Monique LaJeunesse received an Honors BFA from the University of
Guelph in Guelph, Ontario and a diploma in the Fine and Decorative Arts
from Christie's, London.
Subsequently, she worked for Fine Art dealers in Cork Street, London
and in Yorkville, Toronto. In 1992, she became a designer, business
manager and partner of Hotglass Inc.
In 1995, she relocated to Stowe, VT to design for and operate the daily business management of Little River Hotglass Studio.
Her passion however is animal welfare and she is active with many
groups worldwide. She is especially devoted to her own dogs (English
Bull Terriers and a Jack Russell).