John Geci was born and raised in rural Litchfield, Connecticut. He attended Hartwick College in upstate New York where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and first worked with and realized his interest in glass. After college, Geci studied at Penland School of Craft: first as a student, then as a studio tech, and teacher’s assistant. At Penland, Geci was able to study and work with glassblowers from around the world, and learn many different styles and philosophies of working with glass. In 2001, Geci became the first resident at the Energy XChange, a glass studio which utilizes the methane from a dormant landfill to power the glass furnaces. It was here that Geci was able to develop his unique line of glassworks. In 2007, Geci completed building his glass studio located in the mountains of western North Carolina near Penland School. His studio sits atop a hill above Courtney Martin’s pottery studio, their house, and gardens.
Working with glass is an all encompassing process. It requires precise timing, subtle understanding of the material, tools, furnaces, and space around them. Each piece I make captures my focused time and thoughts. Glass is often described as a frozen super-cooled liquid. I prefer to think of it as static motion. With my work I try to have each form serve as a canvas to display the inherent beauty and simple elegance of the glass.