Catalogue c.1905 began as a project between Michael Hofmann and Jay Macdonell. They set out to create artfully crafted Venetian inspired glass and recreate designs from the 1905 catalogue of works produced by Salviati & Company. The Pacific Northwest has been referred to the Venice of the West, so they wanted challenge themselves to create Venetian-style, classically proportioned blown glass forms.
The pair met at Pilchuck Glass School in 1997 and collaborated for ten years together. Michael Hofmann grew up in South Africa and studied glass at Sheridan College of Crafts and Design in Ontario, Canada. He has taught widely throughout North America, and his work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of American Glass. Jay Macdonell has worked for many Pacific Northwest studios since 1992 for various artists, designers and architects as a project manager, design consultant and gaffer. He has been heavily involved in Pilchuck Glass School and the Glass Art Society. His work is in many private and public collections including the Museum of Glass-Tacoma, the Museum of Montreal, Boston Museum of Fine Art, and the private collection of Elton John.