Eric Franklin constructs stunning anatomical light structures that are fully hollow and filled with ionized krypton, causing them to glow similar to a neon light. Born in 1974 in Dallas, Texas, Eric Franklin was first introduced to working with glass and neon while studying sculpture at Arizona State University. This immediately led him to seek out more in depth instruction in glass through the Chemistry department’s scientific glassblowing facility. After graduating from ASU in 2000 and moving to Portland, Oregon in 2001, Franklin attended the Pilchuck Glass School as a student in 2002 and as a teaching assistant in 2004 to further enhance his glassblowing skills.
Franklin’s work is included in numerous collections including the Renwick Collection at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, Washington, where he had a solo exhibition in 2006. In 2008 he won first prize in COCA’s Annual in Seattle, Washington. His work has been featured in a wide range of media from Huffington Post to New Glass Review. Franklin was also a presenter at the 2008 Glass Art Society Conference in Portland, Oregon, demonstrating his refined flameworking techniques.