In their home studio on the rural coast of northern California, Dinah and Patty Hulet create art glass that can be found in museums, galleries and fine gift shops around the world.
After graduating from high school, Dinah studied music earning a Master's Degree in Music and later a Master's in Library Science and Patty pursued studies in the field of health care that let to an 18-year career in medical administrative work. While working as a research librarian at a chemical company, Dinah became interested in the glassblowers who were creating equipment for use in the company's laboratory. That interest lead to a partnership that involved the creation of art glass.
In the mid 1980's the sisters decided to join forces and Hulet Glass was born. After the first year of making and selling glass at local art and wine festivals, the sisters decided to relocate themselves and their young daughters to rural northern California and focus full-time on marketing their work to galleries and high-end gift shops nationally.
They are both self-taught glass artists, with Dinah excelling at the lampworking torch. While Patty also does some lampworking, her artistic focus is in the area of kiln work (fusing, casting and pate de verre). Over the years, Hulet Glass has become known in the art glass world for the quality and appeal of their work. Dinah’s incredible portrait murrine have been exhibited nationally, including the Getty Museum in Los Angeles and the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY. Her portrait work has also been represented at SOFA as has Patty’s pate de verre. Not only have the sisters lectured and taught internationally, they have both been active members of the Glass Art Society, with Dinah serving on the Board of Directors.
Along with creating unique murrine, the sisters have perfected recipes for incredible glass treats that are featured atwww.huletglass.com and www.malmseys.com. Patty says, “After 18 years in the Health Care Industry, my biggest concern when we started on this adventure was that I would be bored. Now I laugh every time I think about that. I think our biggest concern is how to squeeze enough hours into each day.”