Milon Townsend is a self-taught artist, with over 30 years of experience in his field. His 10-year study of dancers in New York City had a profound influence on his style, leading to the clean lines and focus on motion for which he has become known. His background in classical music was instrumental in developing the preference for structure and form that permeates his work today.
Townsend uses torches to melt the glass that he works with, a technique called flameworking. Colors are twisted upon themselves and encased inside the glass; delicate patterns are etched into sheets of dichroic glass; elements are ground and polished in preparation for assembly; ultraviolet adhesives are employed to laminate pieces together.
Townsend uses modern technological innovations, traditional Italian techniques, such as murrine and filigrana, and methods that he himself has developed to create the sculptures that appear in his mind.
His work has been featured on the covers of Omni and Aviation Week & Space Technology magazines. His artwork is in the permanent collections of the Carnegie Museum of Art, American Glass Museum and the National Liberty Museum. He is a member of the National Sculpture Society and the Salmagundi Club, and is on the Board of Directors of the Arts Business Institute. He works with a loosely configured team of skilled glass artists, who are an integral part of the creation of his pieces. He lives and works just outside a small village near Rochester, New York, with his wife, Kiyoko, and their son, Timo.