For decades, St. Paul’s Dick Huss has been known as one of the most accomplished glass artists in Minnesota, His work is distinguished by his adventurous sense of color – in both translucent and opaque glass – and by the use of metals, primarily gold and silver leaf, in many of his pieces.
“I take risks all the time and try to always have fun,” he states. “I’ve learned to appreciate failure because it’s really the only way to measure success. My philosophy on life is ‘always rebel.’ Don’t do it in a way that conflicts with others but in a way that keeps you actively questioning what’s right and wrong. Otherwise you become complacent and that creativity you want leaves you.”
The artist, who holds a degree from Mankato State University, has studied with glass masters Lino Tagliapietra, Dante Marioni and Richard Marquis and has served as an instructor at the University of Minnesota and at the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. He has received grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Jerome Foundation. Over the years, he has completed many commissions for public and private spaces. Dick’s work can be found in collections worldwide, including those of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Corning Museum of Glass in New York.