Greg Owen is a Tacoma, Washington based artist and educator. He began blowing glass in 1986 at Pratt Fine Arts Center, and started working for artist Dale Chihuly in 1987 in Seattle, Washington. After receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Glass from California College of Arts in Glass from California College of the Arts, Owen moved back to Washington State to work for Pilchuck Glass School. For the last four years he has worked at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma as Lead Educator and Program Manager for Hot Shop Heroes: Healing with Fire, a series of classes designed to teach soldiers and veterans how to blow glass.
Owen began working on the Mask series while working at Jyderup Højskole in Denmark in 2013. He was initially inspired by the rich local Viking history, which he was exploring around the countryside at various grave-sites and in the Danish Museum. The Mask series has grown to incorporate the entire history of art and archaeology. Each piece is one-of-a-kind, created and sculpted hot on the end of the blow pipe. Owen is inspired to create while in the heat of the moment, working from intuition, rather than drawings or photographs. Everyone brings their own understanding of history and culture to these pieces, which allow them to have a myriad of meaning and impact for the viewer, and speak about humanity in general, rather than one person in particular.