"Whether it's commercial or residential he wants the art to generate a feeling to match the use of the space."
After leaving his hometown of St. Louis and enlisting in the United States Marine Corps, Doug served in Iraq in 2003. When his tour of duty ended, his search for a civilian career began. A glassblowing class at Sonoran Glass Art Academy in his newly-adopted hometown of Tucson, AZ set him on his path to becoming an internationally-recognized glass artist.
After training in Tucson, Doug moved to Columbus, OH to be near family as he ventured out on his own. In 2005, he
founded Doug Frates Glass, the company that allows him to continue to pursue his passion. Moving to Springfield, OH in 2010 has given Doug the opportunity to grow his business and play a pivotal role in the revitalization of the city’s downtown arts community.
Doug’s work has been featured on the cover of Glass Art Today, the industry guide to art glass creations from around the globe. Ranked as one of the Top 60 Glass Artists in the World by Art Glass Today, Doug strives to create avant-garde pieces that stretch the visual and technical boundaries of the art glass industry.