1990 Johnny Camp was introduced to glass for the first time. While attending college he began working part time as an assistant for "The Original Mt. St. Helens Volcanic Ash Glassworks". Soon he became a gaffer on a 2 man team. The summer of 1993 he attended Pilchuck open house. 1995 Johnny married Darlene Bushell and moved to California to work for Smyers Glass Studio, Benicia, producing table and barware, mold blown. Later that year he assisted Joe Morel at Zellique Art Glass, Benicia until 1999. He also assisted Joe Morel while doing demonstrations at Chico State University with William Morris. 1999 Union Street Glass needed a Gaffer/Assistant. Johnny worked alongside Guy Corrie and Ferdland Theirot making large vessels. 1999 Johnny participated in a Venitian Goblet class at Public Glass, San Francisco taught by Pamina Traylor and Katrina Hude. 2000 Johnny began working for Nourot Glass Studio, Benicia assistant to Michael Nourot. He quickly became the lead gaffer and manager until 2002.
2001 Johnny and Darlene open "Opal Art Glass".
Johnny and Darlene work together as a team creating a wide variety of hand blown glass, ranging from traditional forms to contemporary styles.
Johnny and Darlene's 30 years of expertise as hands on artists, designers, and fabricators have enabled them to achieve intimate works of art, as well as large scale commissions. Glass poses as a seductive medium that continues to excite and inspire them everyday.
Opal Art Glass creates traditional and contemporary blown glass forms using hand-tooled techniques. The unique crystal designs reflect influences from the Pacific Northwest's environs, culture, and crafts movements. "We find our creative inspirations in the processes of glass blowing and forming, which transports us beyond the day to day."
Our works have been shown widely in galleries, museums and gift shops throughout the world.