About Red Fern Glass

Red Fern Glass is the small hot glass studio of Ed Pennebaker. Ed makes Sculpture and Art Glass Lighting using traditional offhand glassblowing techniques. All the glass is made by Ed in his Ozark woodlands studio. Ed believes in working incessantly, cultivating concepts, discrimination and technique.


The studio is in the woods near Osage, Arkansas. It started as a pottery studio built by Newt Lale of Osage Clayworks. In 1990 Newt bought the old Stamps Historical Store, a three story native stone building built in 1901. Newt moved to downtown Osage. And Ed moved way out in the woods. Ed remodeled the studio and closed in the "kiln shed" for a hot glass shop.

Ed has built his own furnaces, glory holes and annealers and some tools used in glassmaking. For a number of years glass was melted from the raw materials even using Arkansas sand. But because of the dust, time and storage space factors involved in "batching" the glass he switched to melting most colors from Spruce Pine Batch. Spruce Pine Batch is a premixed batch formula to make clear glass. Ed adds colorants like cobalt, iron, copper, and nickel. Some colors are melted from "cullet", previously melted glass with the colorants already in the glass.


My attempts in making artwork have been to work with the glass to show its fluid qualities and its interaction with light. I derive much on my inspiration from the garden and the woods surrounding my home and studio.

I see my chandeliers and lighting belonging to a contemporary line of the "decorative arts" that developed from the arts and crafts movement where craftsmanship is of the utmost importance. Striving for the "perfect object" is the goal of the craftsman/designer and working directly with the materials at hand provides the greatest satisfaction for me.


Ed Pennebaker:
Born: Pratt,Kansas
Education: Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas-M.A., B.F.A.
Residence: In the woods near Osage, Arkansas

1985-present: Owner/Glassmaker at Red Fern Glass
1983-85: Employed by Hale Farm and Village, Bath, Ohio, glassworks assistant, produced replicas of early Midwestern glass c.1800-1850
1981-83: Introduced to glass by Chuck Watson, Liberal, Kansas

Workshops Attended:
2009: Metal Casting, Hank Kaminsky, Art Experience, Fayetteville, Arkansas
2008: Metal Sculpture, Jim Wallace, Eureka Springs School of Art
2005: "Pewtersmithing" with William Derrevere, Eureka Springs School of Art
2004: "Bronze Casting" at Terra Studios, Fayetteville, Arkansas
2001: "Glass Casting" with Peter Keough, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
1995: "Marblemaking with Ro Purser" Appalachian Center for the Crafts
1982: "Summervail" with Sonja Blomdahl, Colorado Mountain College
1981: "Summervail" with Benjamin Moore, Colorado Mountain College

Public Commissions & Collections:
Grain Processing Corporation, Muscatine, Iowa
Cairo Restaurant and Lounge, Manhattan, New York
Stout Executive Search
University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma
Laman Library, North Little Rock, AR
St. Luke's Hospital, Kansas City, MO
University of Arkansas Medical Sciences, Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Little Rock, AR
Florida Southern College, Lakeland, Florida
Kansas State University, School of Leadership Studies, Manhattan, Kansas
Market Place Restaurant, Asheville, North Carolina
BKD, Springfield, Missouri
Eastern Shore Arts Center, Fairhope, Alabama
Doane College, Crete, Nebraska
University of Arkansas Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Arkansas
Statehouse Convention Center, Little Rock, Arkansas
Al Sanbok Restaurants, Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia
Radisson Aruba Resort & Casino, Aruba

"The Ozarks: The People, The Mountains, The Magic"
by George Oxford Miller 1996
"White House Collection of American Crafts"
by Michael Monroe 1995
"The Artful Home: A Source & Guide for Residential Art"
Guild Sourcebooks 2003
"Contemporary Marbles and Related Art Glass"
by Mark P. Block 2001
"Art and Artisans of the Ozarks, Vol. 2"

Arkansas Craft School
Eureka Springs School for the Arts

Video of Ed making a blown glass tube with hole at both ends for St. Luke's Hospital project. This was filmed at Red Fern Glass during the Blowout 2011.

Video of a curly being made for a chandelier
(no sound)


-"Seven State Biennial", University of Science and Arts, The Nesbitt Gallery, Chickasha, OK, Sept. 26 - Nov. 4, 2015, Charles B. Goddard Center, Ardmore, OK, Nov, 9 - 25, 2015, Museum of the Red River, Idabel, OK, Dec. 8, 2015 - Jan. 31, 2016.

-"67th Annual RAM Invitational", Man vs. Machine: The Art of Expression in the Wired World, Fort Smith Regional Art Museum, Fort Smith, AR, July 30 - Nov. 1, 2015.

-"American Craft Week Masterpiece E-xhibit & Sale", AmericanCraftWeek.com, an online exhibit of one artist chosen from each state, Oct. 2-11, 2015.

-"2015 Rosenzweig Biennial Juried Exhibition", Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, Pine Bluff, AR, Sept. 17 - Nov. 21, 2015.

-"Ozark Artistry: Traditional and Contemporary Craftsmanship", Fayetteville Underground, Fayetteville, AR, Sept. 3 - 27, 2015.

-"Eluvium and Formation: Abstracted Landscapes", recent work by Ed Pennebaker and LaDawna Whiteside, Argenta Gallery, April 16-May 9, 2015, North Little Rock, Arkansas

-"Sculpture at the River Market", Little Rock, Arkansas, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

-"Artists of Northwest Arkansas 20th Annual Regional Exhibition", Art Center of the Ozarks, August 6-29, 2014, Springdale, Arkansas

-"Thea Arts Festival" - North Little Rock, AR, April, 28, 2012, Best of Show

-"54th Annual Delta Exhibition" - Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR, Jan.27-March 28, 2012

-"Finer Things: A Juried Contemporary Craft Exhibit", sUgAR gallery, Bentonville, AR, Nov. 4 - Dec. 10, 2011

-"Glory of Glass", Karg Art Glass, Kechi, KS, Nov. 11-Dec. 31, 2011

-"Seven State Biennial" - University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma Art Gallery, Chickasa, OK, Oct. 1- Nov. 7 and Charles B. Goddard Center, Ardmore, OK, Nov. 15-Dec. 17, 2011, Honorable Mention and Purchase Award

-"Concatenations, Connections" - E Street Gallery, Fayetteville, AR, August, 2011

-"Group Show" - Leopold Gallery, Kansas City, MO, June 2011

-"MOAK 4-State Regional Exhibition 2010" - , Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO Nov.-Jan. 2011

-"Fifth Annual Arkansas Sculpture Invitational Show & Sale" - Morrilton, AR, June 2010

-"Featured Artist" - E Street Gallery, Fayetteville Underground, Fayetteville, AR, May 2010

-"Architectural Digest Home Design Show" - NY, NY, March 2010 (represented by Patrajdas Contemporary)

"52nd Annual Delta Exhibition" - Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR, Jan. 29-March 14, 2010.

"Exploring the Works of Arkansas Sculptors" - Arkansas Studies Institute, Little Rock, AR, Oct. 9-Dec.11, 2009

"Engaging Minds-Creative Hands" - Fresh Air Gallery, Clinton, AR, Nov. 20, 2009-March 15, 2010

"Color And Light" - Eastern Shore Art Center, Fairhope, AL, March-April 2009

"Springfield Hot Glass" - First Friday Gallery Walk, Springfield, MO, October 3, 2008

"Reconstructing Art Walk" - Crystal Bridges at the Massey, Bentonville, AR, May 15-July 27, 2008

"Double Feature" - Hot Glass by Pennebaker and Karg, Zarks, Eureka Springs, AR, May 17, 2008

"Fire and Form: The Magic of Glass" - June-October 2007, Corning, New York, The Glass Menagerie

"Seeing Things In A Different Light" - Oct. 22-Dec. 31, 2004, River Market Artspace, Little Rock, Arkansas

"Fire & Ice" - Karg Art Glass, Kechi, Kansas, October 2006-January 2007

"SOFA Chicago" - October 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 Chicago, Illinois, represented by Function+Art Gallery

"Glass Invitational '04" - February 2004, Chicago, Illinois, Function + Art Gallery

"The Eclectic Electric" - Function + Art Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, Sep. 5- Oct. 4, 2003

"White House Collection of American Crafts" - Jul. 17-Aug. 24, 2003
The Mary and Leight Block Museum of Art - Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois (and other venues)

Guild.com Sourcebook "The Artful Home, Furniture,Sculpture, and Objects"

"A Glass Act 2003" - Function+Art Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, March 2003

Philadelphia Furniture & Furnishings Show - April 2002, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, awarded "Excellence in Lighting Award"

"2002 Invitational" - Statehouse Convention Center, Little Rock, Arkansas, awarded "Best of Show" for Cluster #51, "The Inherent Energy of the Earth and Sky"

"2001 Hsinchu International Glass Art Festival & Symposium" - Hsinchu Municipal Glass Art Museum, Hsinchu, Taiwan

"Chandelier Show" - Arte Bella Fine Art Gallery, Fayetteville, Arkansas

"A Glass Act 2001" - Prism Contemporary Glass, New Pontiac, Michigan

"Hot & Cool"Mid America Arts Alliance - a traveling exhibit of contemporary glass through 2001

"A Glass Act 2000" - FunctionArt/Prism Contemporary Glass, Pontiac, MI in conjunction with Michigan Glass Month

"The Arkansas Exhibition" - Statehouse Convention Center, Little Rock, Arkansas, July 1999-February 2000

"White House Crafts Collection" - 1993 (traveling exhibit at various museums)

Resume of exhibits, two dimensional work of Ed Pennebaker