Growing up on Canada’s west coast, Jeff always felt intimately connected to nature. The mountains, trees and ocean inspired his imagination. His hands were his creative tools and he thought wood was his medium. Chasing his dream of building wooden boats, Jeff travelled to Ontario to be part of Sheridan College’s woodworking program. The school forced him to choose a second medium as part of the curriculum, so he picked glass on a whim.
It didn’t take long for glass to seduce him. The danger of working at 2,500 degrees Celsius demanded his ultimate concentration. Blown glass is beautiful but unforgiving. Mastering the physical demands of the art form involved embracing the natural force of gravity, transforming primitive form into ethereal designs.
Armed with the mechanical expertise, Jeff went on to further explore design at the University of Illinois. After earning a degree in fine arts, he landed a three-year residency at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre where he began building his portfolio and reputation as one of Canada’s preeminent glass blowers.
Jeff established the Jeff Goodman Studio in 1989 and began pushing the boundaries of designs in glass. Soon, his passion for architecture sparked a new phase in his career researching and testing the potential for glass as a structural material. The Studio’s constant desire to experiment and create continues to grow since Jeff’s passing.