Flynn Helper was exposed to glass art at an early age, inspired by a museum exhibition showcasing work by renowned glassblower Dale Chihuly. Helper explored clay, sculpture and ceramics until age 15 when he had the chance to experiment with glassblowing and discovered a true passion for the challenging medium. Helper honed his skills under the guidance of professional glassblowers in Los Angeles and Alberta, Canada, until he was accepted to the prestigious glass art program at California College of Arts. But after a short time, Helper learned academia was not his path and instead traveled to Germany to study at Bild-Werk, a school run by painter and legendary glass artist Erwin Eisch, and later to Amsterdam for an apprenticeship under a Dutch lamp-worker. The complex skill required to makesimple glass objects drew Helper to refine his method, from traditional rigid, technical Italian style to loose, blobby shapes reminiscent of the American Studio Glass Movement. He later moved to Eugene,Oregon, to work at the Eugene Glass School where he befriended celebrated glassblowers from around the world, including Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen, Pino Signoretto and Lucio Bubacco. Helper now lives in Los Angeles and has immersed himself in the local artist scene, exploring new and alternative mediums while keeping his finger on the pulse of the city’s unique creative culture.