My designs are influenced by diving in the shallow clear waters of Florida and the Caribbean. Combined with my dance instructing career many of my designs and compositions, particularly those involving the Latticino technique, are reminiscent in feeling of underwater coral reefs and the rhythm of the dance.
Warner Whifield began working in glass in 1972 and apprenticed with master glass artist Fritz Bachman from Hamburg, Germany and established my own studio in 1976. I attended the Portland School of Art and the University of Maine and later pursued studies in glass at two of the world’s most renowned schools, The Haystack Craft School in Maine and The Penland Craft School in North Carolina.
Whitfield’s work is shown in many galleries and has won numerous awards at juried exhibitions throughout the United States. Some collectors and commissions include: Pittsburg Plate Glass, United Technologies, Japanese Embassy, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Bergstrom-Mahler Museum, Martha Stewart, Stephen King and Premier of Newfoundland Danny Williams, also featured in Better Homes and Gardens magazine.