Spirit of the Fire
Galleries and Artists
Sol Maya, a Canadian citizen of Native American, Mayan ancestry, was studying ceramics, sculpting and print making at Santa Barbara City College , in California in 1980.
Between classes he’d watch the glass blowers working the glass. The more he watched, the more he fell in love with this art form. The spontaneity of working with glass intrigued him.
He started spending more time in the studio, until one day he tried his hand at it and he’s never looked back. Sol eventually became responsible for the running of the glass studio at the college, a position he held for several years.
Active in the local Santa Barbara art scene, Sol founded “Art for Life”, an annual event involving as many as 250 local artists.
Sol moved from Santa Barbara to Vancouver , British Columbia , Canada in 1992. He worked for several years with elder master glass blower, David New-Small (for whom he has great respect) at his studio on Granville Island. In 2001 he built Solart Glass Studio in West Vancouver. Now a Tofino resident, Sol opened “Spirit of the Fire.”…Hand blown glass meets the Rain Forest.