Boyd Sugiki was first introduced to glass in 1986 at Punahou High School in Honolulu, Hawaii. He earned a BFA from California College of Arts and Crafts and a MFA from RISD. His work combines innovative glass blowing techniques with a modern approach to design. Sugiki creates sculptural and functional blown glass objects as well as two-dimensional works in paper. His functional works are finely crafted decorative objects that he hopes people will take pleasure in using. The sculptural work is inspired by architecture he has seen during his travels.
Lisa Zerkowitz was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She attended the University of California at Santa Barbara, where she earned a BA in Studio Art, with an emphasis in printmaking. Upon graduating, she took a glassblowing course at Santa Barbara City College, something she had always wanted to try. The material was exciting, challenging and intriguing.
Lisa continued her studies at Rhode Island School of Design, where she received a MA in Art Education while simultaneously completing the undergraduate program in glass. After graduate school she relocated to Seattle where she currently resides. She was deeply affected by the lush foliage of the Pacific Northwest and its stark contrast from her native Los Angeles. The new environment hugely influenced her work.
Together they own Two Tone Studios, a line of contemporary designed hand blown glass objects.