Artist Bio

Steve Mineck, a native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, now residing in rural Vinton, Iowa, is among one of the newer glass blower artists in the state. His interest in blowing glass began many years ago after observing a glass blower at an art festival in Madison, Wisconsin. A little more than ten years ago, Steve made the decision to pursue Glass Blowing on a more full time basis.

Steve’s more “formal” education  in glass blowing was rather limited. He attended a two weeks art program where he received instruction from University of Wisconsin art professor, Jim Engbritsen. Steve then participated in Kirkwood Community College’s, Glass Art program for two semesters. Since there were no glass studios or opportunities to work with experienced artists in Eastern Iowa, Steve read and observed to further his knowledge and skills in glass art.  Financial constraints dictated that his shop and equipment would be mostly designed and built by him. Once the shop was complete, Steve was able to begin honing skills and expressing his vision in glass.  Steve is currently represented by Wiederspan Gallery of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.