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Doug Frates discovery of his talent for glassblowing was a fortuitous accident.
After leaving his hometown of St. Louis and enlisting in the Unites States Marine Corps, Doug served in Iraq in 2003. When his tour of duty ended, his search for a civilian career began. A glassblowing class at Sonoran Glass Art Academy in his newly-adopted hometown of Tucson, AZ set him on his path to becoming an internationally-recognized glass artist.

Doug was captivated with the artistry and creativity of working with glass, and his natural ability quickly garnered him a coveted spot learning his craft from a true American master. His first mentor was Fritz Dreisbach, who along with Dale Chihuly, is considered one of the founders of the American Art Studio Glass Movement. Doug also studied with Tom Philabaum — one of the country’s preeminent glass artists who founded the Sonoran Glass Institute — honing his craft by producing Philbaum’s lines of paperweights and ornaments for three years.

After training in Tucson, Doug moved to Columbus, OH to be near family as he ventured out on his own. In 2005, he founded Doug Frates Glass, the company that allows him to continue to pursue his passion. Moving to Springfield, OH in 2010 has given Doug the opportunity to grow his business and play a pivotal role in the revitalization of the city’s downtown arts community.

Selling to individuals, designers, and hospitality industry clients, Doug has been recognized by:

  • ICFF (Best of Show, 2016)
  • Dallas Market Center (Best of Show 2012, 2011)
  • Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development (cover winner 2010)
  • Panopoly Arts Festival (Best of Show 2010)
  • Tulsa International Myafest (Best in Glass 2009)

Doug’s work has been featured on the cover of Glass Art Today, the industry guide to art glass creations from around the globe. Ranked as one of the Top 60 Glass Artists in the World by Art Glass Today, Doug strives to create avant-garde pieces that stretch the visual and technical boundaries of the art glass industry.

At Doug Frates Glass, we are committed to creating singularly beautiful, interestingly modern, elegant art glass pieces. Our art has the potential to transform your space, helping you express your creativity and style.


High Point Market Spring 2017
Doug Frates Glass is Taking HPMKT by Color!
April 14, 2017

Doug Frates Glass Expands Operations
Doug Frates Glass Springfield, Ohio expansions!
April 1, 2017

Vidrio Restaurant in Raleigh, North Carolina
Creating a Looking Glass into the Vivacious Mediterranean!
March 15, 2017

High Point Market in October 2016
Fully Customized, All-American Blown Glass by Doug Frates Glass
October 13, 2016

Design Life Network
Blowing Up
July 24, 2015

Lone Survivor Foundation
Doug Frates Glass Donates $10,000 Piece to LSF Houston Gala
July 20, 2015

The News & Observer
Old, new pieces meld together to create an engaging look

Dayton City Paper
Mind. Blown.

Small Business Trends

Look Between The Lines
Liquid Color: Glass Blown Forms by Doug Frates

Prepare To Be Blown Away: Unique American Art Glass by Doug Frates

The Carillon

Looking At Glass

Jiggy Jaguar
Unpredictable, Unconventional and Unbelievable: Introducing Lux by Doug Frates Glass
Art glass adds beauty to apartment lobbies, community rooms and individual rental units

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
JRRD Cover Art Winner 2010

Springfield News-Sun
Glass blowing studio becomes classroom for Snowhill students

Contempo Designs
Doug Frates Sneak Peak

Home Accents Today
Product of the Day: Doug Frates Glass



Our company is product-line oriented, providing a diversified selection that remains customize-able to fit your specific project needs.


Each work of art is American-made art glass hand crafted from the highest-quality materials to ensure true, vibrant colors. We offer hundreds of color options, from fiery to tranquil, to complement any decor.


Custom works from Doug Frates Glass, often created at the request of designers and hospitality industry representatives, can be the perfect fit for any project. Colors, sizes, shapes and other details can be incorporated into one piece or dozens, depending on your needs. We encourage submissions of design boards, photos, drawings, color palettes, fabric swatches, paint samples or any other information that will help us understand your vision for custom-designed glass artworks. We promise to walk through the ordering process with you to ensure your satisfaction.


At Doug Frates Glass, we are committed to creating singularly beautiful, interestingly modern, elegant art glass pieces. Our art has the potential to transform your space, helping you express your creativity and style.

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