Paul Bendzunas (b. 1951)
Paul E. Bendzunas was born in Oswego, New York, in 1951. He taught himself glass-blowing while attending the University of Georgia in Athens. He graduated in 1974 and in 1989 moved to Comer, in Madison County, where he opened the Bendzunas Glass Art Gallery.
About working with glass, Bendzunas explains, "I like the immediacy of glass. I can conceptualize and finish a piece in one process. Glass is like watercolor. It needs to be in your mind ahead of time and done swiftly. If you lose a piece, you learn something and go to another. You learn to see the potential of the work and make allowances for those special things that happen when it is in process. You save the 'mistakes' you like and correct the others." Four of his glass pieces, Vase, Landscape Vase, and two titled Fish Platter, are part of Georgia's State Art Collection.