In 1996, Bengt Hokanson and Trefny Dix opened their first glass studio in Greenport, NY. In this studio, they primarily cast glass to use as elements for their individual glass and mixed media sculpture and for custom architectural projects.
In 2000, they began a collaborative body of blown glass vessels. This early work was developed and made under the studio name Boar Glass. This work experimented with the use of bright colors and abstract, textural patterns on sculptural glass forms. This collection of work incorporated large blocks of color, or color wraps that surrounded patterned layers of color, all flowing across the surface of their sculptural forms.
Although much of the work was created as pieces in a series, each piece was treated as an abstract painting and therefore, each was unique.
This work expanded into more complicated forms and patterning designs often incorporating incalmos, core color pick ups and simple, monolithic forms.
Greenport’s beautiful seascape and maritime environment was an early influence on Bengt and Trefny’s work. They also found inspiration from the great abstract painters: Rothko, Gorkey and the early work of Matisse. Other sources of inspiration were from world textiles, aquatic life forms, landscapes, and urban graffiti.
Bengt and Trefny use a combination of traditional Italian and Swedish glass blowing techniques as well as many experimental techniques that they have developed in their studio to create their work.
In March 2010, Bengt and Trefny moved to Durango, CO for four years. They set up their glass studio and a glass gallery in Durango. The beautiful Southwest was a welcoming and inspiring location. It’s vast desert landscapes and unique color schemes quickly became a vibrant new source of inspiration for their work.
In 2013 Bengt and Trefny relocated to Bengt’s childhood home in East Hampton, NY. They were able to move their glass studio to their home and have again have been deeply inspired by the beautiful maritime landscape that surrounds them on Long Island, NY.
Bengt Hokanson received a B.A. in Anthropology from Tulane University in 1991.
He also studied glass blowing at Tulane from 1987-1991.
He worked as a gaffer for Gene Koss, Head of the Glass Dept. at Tulane University, from 1990-93.
He studied at Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, WA in many sessions between 1991-2002. In 1993, Bengt was a T.A. for Pike Powers at Pilchuck Glass School. In 1998, he was a T.A. for Gene Koss at Pilchuck Glass School.
Bengt has taken classes at The Studio at Corning, Corning, NY and at Urban Glass, Brooklyn, NY.
He has been working in glass for 25 years.
Trefny Dix received a B.F.A. in Sculpture from Indiana University Bloomington in 1993. She learned glass casting while working at Studio Inferno, New Orleans, LA and has studied glass casting and glass blowing at Pilchuck Glass School.
Trefny has also taken classes at The Studio at Corning, Corning, NY.
She has been working in glass for 19 years.