Interview with Glassblower Karl Termini of Termini Tubes
Karl Termini of Termini Tubes (pronounced like “Germany” but with a 'T') is an internationally known glassblower who currently works out of Ithaca NY. Karl's story is particularly interesting because he has truly come up on his own curiosity, experimentation, ingenuity, and drive for success. Not only does he make stunning glass art that is prized for is craftsmanship and functionality, but he is a major part of nurturing the borosilicate glassblowing movement.
Unlike most pipe artists Karl did not learn to blow glass under a specific mentor or within a coterie glassblowers. Karl started experimenting with glass on his own at home in New Jersey around 1998. Originally he was simply looking to explore and understand how a substance like borosilicate glass could be fashioned into beautiful pieces of functional art. His interests led Karl to living in the Netherlands in 2004, and is was there that he found himself quite alone in this developing field. However, for Karl this really helped shape his direction as a leader in both the artistic and business sides of pipe making.
Termini Tubes is renowned for their pipes that are complex in function, while also being very clean and scientific looking. Each piece is handmade by Karl himself, who takes exquisite pride in the consistency of his work. But it is not just the work himself that Karl concerns himself with. Much of Karl's success, and what he is so well know for alongside the glass itself, is his dedication to his customers and the boro glass community. He has spent his entire career sharing experience and exploring ideas with other glassblowers and anyone interested in the industry and craft, and it certainly has not failed him yet. As his own studio in Holland developed and progressed it was Karl's willingness to teach people from all around the globe how to work with borosilicate glass has played a big role in catalyzing him and his art to being known worldwide.
Karl continues to encourages anyone interested to reach out and connect with him. Beyond just a deep commitment to always being there for his customers, Karl is committed to supporting the pipe-making community itself. You can find his work and ways to connect with him right at www.terminitubes.com. You can also now check out pipes by Karl Termini right in our Boston and Rhode Island galleries. And for some real insight into Karl's journey through glassblowing listen to the podcast interview right here.