Born on Long Island, NY in 1975, Justin Cavagnaro has been following his creative side since childhood. After focusing on art through high school he attended Suffolk County Community College, where he experimented with a variety of 2-D and 3-D media including watercolors, oil and acrylic paints, clay, wood, airbrushing and zinc plate printmaking. He received an Associate’s Degree in Fine Arts in 1996. A fascination with, and curiosity about the glass making process led to his enrollment in the Crafts department at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, to study Glassblowing in 1998. In 2001 he received a BFA in Crafts with concentrations in Glass and Woodworking. He has been pursuing a career as an independent artist since that time. Upon finishing his studies in Philadelphia Justin moved to the Finger Lakes region of New York where he worked for The Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass as an Artist Assistant, Teaching Assistant, and Instructor. In the fall of 2002 he and two colleagues opened a glass and ceramics studio & gallery in Dagsboro, Delaware. After four years, in 2007, he moved from the collaborative studio to build his own glass shop and to work independently while remaining in the Dagsboro area. Justin and his wife Kim now work in their own studio, which is set up for off-hand furnace glassblowing and flame working as well as ceramics and jewelry. Justin’s glass pieces can be seen in many of the regions craft shows, galleries and museum exhibitions.Continuing to explore the unending possibilities of working with hot and cold glass, Justin has been expanding his body of work while pushing himself to experiment with new designs and techniques. He creates sculptural and functional pieces that emphasize depth, layers, light transference and the relationship between interiors and exteriors. Playing off of glass’ natural tendencies, Justin tries to maintain a fluidity and grace throughout his work, making even physically heavy pieces appear visually light. His work showcases his fascination with glass as a medium, and his passion for the processes by which these pieces are created. Though at times influenced by classic forms, he gives all of his pieces a contemporary touch.
Kim graduated from the university of the Arts in 2001 with a BFA in Crafts with a concentration in ceramics. During that time, Kim worked as an Artist Assistant at The Clay Studio and also as a Teaching Assistant for the Clay Mobile, a youth study center in Philadelphia PA. After graduation, Kim moved to Watkins Glen, NY where she was the Ceramic Technician at the Corning Community College, as well as a Teaching Assistant at the Corning Museum of Glass. In the spring of 2002, Kim was asked to share in the opportunity of opening a glass and ceramics studio in Delaware. In 2006, Kim opened The Artful Bean Coffee House and Fine Art and Craft Gallery in Bethany Beach. In 2009 Kim discovered her love for making jewelry and has since been sharing her creative time between ceramics and jewelry. In 2015 after much consideration Kim decided to sell her coffee shop to pursue her artwork and love of Yoga full time. In June of 2016 Kim and Justin opened up Ocean Vayu Yoga in Ocean View DE. Kim has since been dividing her time between her artist pursuits and teaching yoga. Kim has always chosen to make her own clay and glazes from recipes she has developed over the years, as well as finding all of the sea glass she uses during the couples travels. She finds taking part in every aspect is the key to making her work as personal and unique as possible.