Wes Valdez lives and works near Philadelphia, PA as an artist and educator with his wonderful partner and two adorable canines, Eos and Clem. He holds two degrees in glass, a BFA from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and MFA from Tyler School of Art and Architecture at Temple University. He is the founder of Blob Blob Studio where he designs and creates unique sculpture, homegoods, jewelry and accessories. He also teaches as an Adjunct Professor at Salem Community College's Glass Education Center in Southern New Jersey.
His work involves a lighthearted approach of investigation of form through playful experimentation. By intuitively collaging materials and processes, he highlights impulse, desire, and beauty. Using color, optics, light, and texture, he creates enticing visually satisfying sculptural forms.
As an educator, Wes teaches a variety of glass manipulation processes including kilnforming, flameworking, off-hand blowing and sculpting, and coldworking. He has instructed at the University of the Arts, Salem Community College, The Main Line Art Center, Tyler School of Art and Architecture at Temple University, Penland School of Crafts, Pilchuck Glass School, Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and Third Degree Glass Factory.
His work has been featured in New Glass Review 32 and 33, published by the Corning Museum of Glass. He has received multiple awards, including the 2011 Windgate Fellowship and the Rickert-Ziebold Trust Award.