Nicolas in the studio. By Nate Burrell

Nicolas Africano

1948 Kankakee, Illinois

B.A and M.F.A, Illinois State University

"Africano, who creates sculpture primarily in cast glass, is one of the most sought after and notable artists who utilize this challenging medium."  (Bruce Helander, The Huffington Post 2016)





Melanie Hunter cold-working a nearly opaque glass piece in the studio.

Melanie Hunter

1966 Jarrow, England

B.A. in Studio Glass and Ceramics
Sunderland University, England

M.F.A. Glass Sculpture
Illinois State University

Studio Location
Normal, Illinois


Melanie Hunter has been working in the field of glass sculpture for over 25 years, and is the glass casting technician to artist, Nicolas Africano, assisting in the creation of glass and mixed media figurative sculpture since 1993.  She has developed specific techniques particular to glass casting and fabrication, creating substantial and diverse collections of work exhibited throughout the United States.  Concurrently, she maintains her own sculpture studio, creating mixed media sculpture and bespoke works by commission.