Relentlessly pursuing excellence in the design and creation of glassblowing tools and equipment since 1994
An Introduction to the Spiral Arts Team
Founder / Design and Engineering
Innovation in the glass world is synonymous with Fred Metz. He continues to improve existing products and create ways to give the glass world what it wants and needs. Fred is the genius behind numerous patents of glassblowing equipment.
Great unions require synergy. Joe Miller and Fred Metz are the synergistic energy behind the manufacturing that propels Spiral Arts to its continued growth and success. Many of the original designs are Joe's creations and he was building Spiral Arts equipment before we were Spiral Arts. You can find Joe's original ideas under the name M Space.
Spiral Arts had a stroke of luck when Maria came to us. From a background of sculptor displays, she has a great eye for the fabrication and assembly of steel. Maria frequently gives input to the refractory the team as projects move along the assembly line, showing off her creativity and organizational skills.
Machinist / Pipe and Punty Maker/Fabrication/Hand Tool Maker
One would be hard-pressed to find someone who has greater knowledge about pipes and punties than KT. She has been at her craft for over 5 years and is now passing her knowledge to the next generation of P&P makers. KT is an up-and-coming glass artist is Seattle and has had several commissions from local organizations.
Scott Darlington Pipe and Punty Maker/Shipping Specialist
Scott has literally blown glass across the globe. Go anywhere with him and someone will stop him, and they will reminisce. We are fortunate to have Scott as part of the team that brings you pipes and punties. His real-world experience with the tools makes his input invaluable.
Alex Morrison Refractory
Look inside a Spiral Arts product and you will see Alex's incredible work. He has a gift for detail and for understanding spacial relations between objects. There is no better glassblowing refractory professional in the land. Alex is an active artist and spends his free time honing his craft. He does a nice job keeping Spiral Arts work posted on Instagram.
Nelson Neth Fabrication
Nelson joined the team after spending years in the ship building industry. He is a skilled fabricator with an eye for detail. He will also show off his varied abilities by working with refractory and assembly. His contributions have added efficiency into our production.
Aaron Green Machinist
We all think we can multitask, but very few can. Aaron moves effortlessly and efficiently between machines, often running multiple programs. As a machinist, he ranks near the top in the entire Puget Sound area.
Kyle Suits Owner/Customer Service
Valuing and appreciating art brought Kyle to Spiral Arts as a second career. His priority is building the best and most nimble team possible in order to continue to push the upper boundaries of quality of glassblowing equipment.