michael mcdougal

Inspired by nature and known for his sense of color and elegant whimsy, Glass artist Michael McDougal lives and works in the Texas Hill Country.

He was introduced to glass by Jane Duryea, protégé of Robert Willson and went on to study at the Corning Museum of Glass in New York, the prestigious Pilchuck Glass School in Washington State, under Jane Bruce, Claire Kelly & Antony Schafermeyer and Boyd Sugiki. McDougal has spent time in the "fornaces" of Murano, Italy, as well.

Today, he works with his friend and mentor Jason Lawson in studios in Fischer, Texas, a small town north of San Antonio.

"Glass is an astoundingly versatile medium," says McDougal."It has an inherent music in it. Working with it in molten form is rhythmic… more of a dance than a process.”

Michael Monroe, former curator and director of the Smithsonian Institution's Renwick Gallery describes a pitcher from McDougal's collection as "…capturing the essence of molten glass in a moment of frozen elegance. The handle, with its dynamic but delicate pattern is beautifully integrated to give both a sense of motion and balance to the piece."

"Whether appreciating it or creating it, I love art that elicits a sense of wonder, a sense of awe, makes me grin or laugh," says McDougal. "Whether an exploration of beauty, whimsy, or that huge realm of the unknown, it must remind me that all our human stresses and strains are insignificant.”

McDougal's work is featured in galleries throughout Texas and California. He has been featured in shows in Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Houston and Galveston, among other cities.

He is also an accomplished pianist, writer, stock trader and an avid lover of water and windsurfing.