FiG Studios: Forms in Glass, located in Pittsburgh, PA, was founded in 1996 by Michael “FiG” Mangiafico.
This fully operational Glass Studio is equipped with a hot furnace, kiln, torches for lampwork, and lapidary and polishing equipment. FiG Studios specializes in collaborative art pieces, glass jewelry and components, glass insects, and glass fossils. FiG designs and creates sculpture and craft items from glass by blowing, casting, torchworking, and coldworking.
Michael Mangiafico / FiG Studios has work in Fine Art galleries around the country.
Michael “FiG” Mangiafico
Michael Mangiafico is a glass artist and teacher working in Pittsburgh, PA. He graduated with a BFA in glass art from Carnegie Mellon University in 1985, and has continued his education by attending glass art seminars at The Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle WA, Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, and The Pittsburgh Glass Center.
Michael has been teaching torchworking and glass blowing in the capacity of teacher or teaching assistant since 1993 at the Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pilchuck, Corning School of Glass in NY, Touchstone Center for the Arts in PA, and Penland. He served two terms as the vice president of The Three Rivers Glass Beadmakers, the Pittsburgh Chapter of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers.