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Blowing Up

July 24, 2015

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T op glass artists Doug Frates is on a mission to grow his ten year old American art glass company by serving the design community.  Frates’ company, Doug Frates Glass which recently shortened its name to FRATES, opened two new design focused divisions.  The first, Doug Frates CUSTOM, a service division working with interior designers and architects, develops custom art glass installations.  Designers can use elements from Frates’ production line or his team can work with the designer to realize their own custom glass visions.  The second, DF STUDIO is a luxury division representing one-of-a-kind art and limited run glass pieces from top designers.  Launching at October’s Fall Market in High Point, NC, designers Lori Dennis, Kelli Ellis, Gary Inman, William Eric, Dustin and the personal work of Doug Frates will kick off the ever growing gallery of designer art pieces.

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“As a glass artist, it is energizing to be able to bring fresh ideas from outside of the traditional glassblowing community to the art.  Working with talented designers has re-ignited my own passion for glass,” says Frates.  Frates, whose new personal work Sketches from the Glass Notebook chronicles daily life through glass “sketches” set on colored glass divisions representing the days of the week.

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After serving in the Marines, Frates was looking for a less structured life which is how he stumbled upon the art of glassblowing.  “Glass is very unpredictable.  You can work all day and wind up with nothing to show…and I love that,” says Frates.  Frates studied with Fritz Dreisbach, who along with Dale Chihuly, is considered one of the founders of the American Art Studio Glass Movement, and with Tom Philabaum — one of the country’s preeminent glass artists who founded the Sonoran Glass Institute.

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FRATES will introduce their two new divisions at Fall High Point Market, at Salon at Market Square in new booth G-7053.  There will also be a launch party on Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM.  Information on how designers can pitch the company their own art glass products will also be available.

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Top Glass Artist Doug Frates Enlists Interior Designers and Architects

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Top Glass Artist Doug Frates Enlists Interior Designers and Architects

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Top Glass Artist Doug Frates Enlists Interior Designers and Architects

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Top Glass Artist Doug Frates Enlists Interior Designers and Architects

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Top Glass Artist Doug Frates Enlists Interior Designers and Architects

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Top Glass Artist Doug Frates Enlists Interior Designers and Architects

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Top Glass Artist Doug Frates Enlists Interior Designers and Architects

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Top Glass Artist Doug Frates Enlists Interior Designers and Architects

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Top Glass Artist Doug Frates Enlists Interior Designers and Architects

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Top Glass Artist Doug Frates Enlists Interior Designers and Architects

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Top Glass Artist Doug Frates Enlists Interior Designers and Architects

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Top Glass Artist Doug Frates Enlists Interior Designers and Architects

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Top Glass Artist Doug Frates Enlists Interior Designers and Architects

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Top Glass Artist Doug Frates Enlists Interior Designers and Architects

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Top Glass Artist Doug Frates Enlists Interior Designers and Architects

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Top Glass Artist Doug Frates Enlists Interior Designers and Architects

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Top Glass Artist Doug Frates Enlists Interior Designers and Architects

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Top Glass Artist Doug Frates Enlists Interior Designers and Architects

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Top Glass Artist Doug Frates Enlists Interior Designers and Architects

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Top Glass Artist Doug Frates Enlists Interior Designers and Architects

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Top Glass Artist Doug Frates Enlists Interior Designers and Architects

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Top Glass Artist Doug Frates Enlists Interior Designers and Architects

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Top Glass Artist Doug Frates Enlists Interior Designers and Architects

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Top Glass Artist Doug Frates Enlists Interior Designers and Architects

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Top Glass Artist Doug Frates Enlists Interior Designers and Architects

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Top Glass Artist Doug Frates Enlists Interior Designers and Architects

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Top Glass Artist Doug Frates Enlists Interior Designers and Architects

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Top Glass Artist Doug Frates Enlists Interior Designers and Architects

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Top Glass Artist Doug Frates Enlists Interior Designers and Architects

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Top Glass Artist Doug Frates Enlists Interior Designers and Architects

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Top Glass Artist Doug Frates Enlists Interior Designers and Architects

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Top Glass Artist Doug Frates Enlists Interior Designers and Architects

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Top Glass Artist Doug Frates Enlists Interior Designers and Architects

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Top Glass Artist Doug Frates Enlists Interior Designers and Architects

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Top Glass Artist Doug Frates Enlists Interior Designers and Architects

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Top Glass Artist Doug Frates Enlists Interior Designers and Architects

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Top Glass Artist Doug Frates Enlists Interior Designers and Architects

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Top Glass Artist Doug Frates Enlists Interior Designers and Architects

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About the author: Bill Indursky

Bill Indursky is an architect, trend expert, and digital entrepreneur. He is the former founder of V&M (Vintage & Modern (2006-2013)) and the current founder of Design Life Network (DLN). DLN is a MAGAZINE + DESIGN AGENCY + MARKETPLACE + TV CHANNEL promoting inspiring design of all eras online and on TV.



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