Leading the evolution of studio GLASS by honoring the material as enchanting, unique, limitless….blurring the lines of art, of craft, of functional and DESIGN

Each Esque glass is hand blown by Justin parker + Andi Kovel in our Portland, Oregon studio to order

Inspiration is rooted in our curiosity and awe of the material properties of glass.  Provocative, experimental, explorative and intimate, intended for personal interaction. Functionality elevated with the aspiration of adding to the advancement of trend in glass. Esque is a homage to inspiration all around us, to history, tradition and all the masters that have paved the way defining hand blown glass and design as individual expressions.  

justin parker of esque studio glassblowing

Boone Speed Photography

Designers and master craftsmen Andi Kovel and Justin Parker create and define Esque Studio as a collaboration rooted in the innovative exploration of glass.  The two met in Brooklyn at Urban Glass where they worked as gaffers to elite fine artists and designers. Their shared vision and aspiration gave birth to Esque, with the concept of creating modern, functional, concept-based glassware aimed at the design industry and away from the pedestal. For the past 20+ years the duo have led a movement in glass by shattering the rules and redefining notions of craft and material associated with their medium. Kovel and Parker have risen to international acclaim, most notably named as Time Magazine’s “Design 100", today’s most influential and inspired international designers.

 

They have designed projects and editions for brands including:  Donna Karen, Ralph Lauren, Nike, Anthropologie, amstel light, Bushmills, marmol radziner, skylab architecture, studio gang, jessica helgerson ID, celery kemble, wieden + Kennedy, and Design Within Reach. The process of glassblowing is collaborative in nature and has inspired award winning lines with Harry Allen Design, osmose, Cedar & Moss, geoff mcfetridge, Emily Katz and Heath Ceramics. site specific interior installation and lighting include: Stumptown Coffee, PENDLETON flagship, sephora, the w hotel seattle and san FRANCISCO, beast, le pigeon, doug fir lounge, lumberroom, Saffron Fields, and tribeca grand hotel

 

JUSTIN PARKER is recognized as one of the United States’ most skilled and sought after Gaffers. A protégé glass artist, he is most known for his knowledge and skill in creating larger than life organic and sculptural works. Justin apprenticed under Italian glass maestros in his twenties, with a focus on glass sculpture and blown forms, and applies this history and skill set to each of his designs. Justin is constantly pushing the physical limits of the material, creating new paradigms and standards. Parker is most recognized for his new forms, fearless techniques and original concepts in the field of glass and functional design.

ANDI KOVEL is celebrated internationally as an influential accessory designer and glass blower in addition to exhibiting as a fine artist. Andi's background in sculpture, accessory design, and art theory inform her signature style and her recognition as one of the most inventive glass artists working today. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and periodicals internationally.  Her trademark punk-lux style of form, function and color have influenced aspiring glass makers worldwide,  Kovel's avant-garde innovations of form and process have won her wide acclaim as a tastemaker of modern design.

Andi's portfolio website link


A lyrical study of glassblowers Justin Parker and Andi Kovel's (aka Esque's) process, this video nicely compliments the 2007 mini-documentary Cool Hunting made on their studio. With a neat visual effect that makes the glass look hand-colored in an otherwise primarily black-and-white scene, filmmakers 
Mike Call and Boone Speed show the playfulness and intensity that goes into making their work. Credit for the score goes to Dave Madden of nonnon and our own contributor Russ Lowe stepped in to co-produce. 
via CoolHunting.com