Annieglass founder and creative innovator Annie Morhauser engraves one of her signature plates as a gift for the Provost of her alma mater California College of the Arts. Morhauser, who was named 2022 Artist of the Year by the Santa Cruz County Arts Commission, fell in love with the beauty of glass the first time she saw it being blown by an artisan on the beach under a full moon. She developed her own version of the age-old glass-forming process called slumping in the 1980s and marked the beginning of Annieglass, a world-renowned company that employs more than 20 people at its production studio on Harvest Drive in Watsonville.
Annieglass tableware and home decor products are sustainably handcrafted. Two pieces from the Annieglass Shells Collection, Coquina and Tiburon, are on permanent display in the Luce Foundation Collection of American Craft at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. A discipline of performing, visual, or literary arts that is also a significant contributor to the cultural enrichment of the Santa Cruz County have done. There will be a free performance of the Artist of the Year profile honoring Morhauser on October 22 at 7:00 p.m. at the Crocker Theater at Cabrillo College. (Shmuel Thaler – Santa Cruz Sentinel)