I first met Slate Grove working out of UrbanGlass, a public-access glass studio in Brooklyn, a few years back. Since then, Slate's moved down to North Carolina to become the glass studio coordinator at Penland. Slate is an amazing glassblower, and it's through him that I learned the basics of how to work with sculptural glassblowing tools. I love the amount of detail that Slate incorporates into his pieces, especially in his most recent body of work, based around the imagery of the Maori tribes of New Zealand, attempting to draw attention to the ways in which they were exploited as Europeans colonized the country. You can see more images of his work on his website, here.