Wes Valdez is an artist, designer, and educator living in Philadelphia. He holds two degrees in glass, a BFA from Southern Illinois University of Carbondale and MFA from Tyler School of Art and Architecture at Temple University. He is the CEO/Founder of Blob Blob Studio and also teaches in the Art Glass Program at Salem Community College’s Glass Education Center in Southern New Jersey.
Wes’s current work utilizes a playful approach to form and function. He founded Blob Blob Studio to focus on creating designs that do both. By intuitively collaging media and process, he exaggerates each material’s beauty. Using bold color, the optical properties of glass, light, and texture, he creates impactful sculptural forms that demand further investigation.
His work has been featured in New Glass Review, published by the Corning Museum of Glass and he has received multiple awards, including a Windgate Fellowship, the Rickert-Ziebold Trust Award, an AACG Visionary Scholarship, and is a 2022 Center for Craft Career Advancement Fellow.