Little River Hotglass
Michael Trimpol, Chris Turiello & Monique LaJuenesse
- blown & sculpted glass
Born in Philadelphia, PA, Michael Trimpol was first introduced to glass working during a high school stained glass course in Stowe, Vermont.
He pursued a career in stained glass while attending Concordia University in Montreal designing and creating many residential commissions as well as several public installations. Frustrated with the limitations of the two dimensional process, he enrolled at Sheridan College School of Craft & Design in Mississauga, Ontario to learn the art of glassblowing.
Upon graduation in 1985, he was accepted for a residency at Harbourfront Craft Studios, one of Toronto's most popular tourist destinations.
Shortly after he left Harbourfront in 1989, he established his own company Hotglass Inc. in Mississauga, Ontario for which he designed and created a full line of blown glass products.
In 1995, Michael relocated to Stowe, Vermont and founded Little River Hotglass Studio. He currently designs and manufactures a diverse body of product in addition to overseeing the operations of the studio.
Monique LaJeunesse received an Honors BFA from the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario and a diploma in the Fine and Decorative Arts from Christie's, London.
Subsequently, she worked for Fine Art dealers in Cork Street, London and in Yorkville, Toronto. In 1992, she became a designer, business manager and partner of Hotglass Inc.
In 1995, she relocated to Stowe, VT to design for and operate the daily business management of Little River Hotglass Studio.
Her passion however is animal welfare and she is active with many groups worldwide. She is especially devoted to her own dogs (English Bull Terriers and a Jack Russell).
Chris Turiello , a native of Lavallette, NJ was first exposed to glassblowing at Wheaton Village in Millville, NJ. Having studied various art forms throughout his academic education, he decided to pursue glassblowing as a career.
An avid snow boarder, Chris relocated to Vermont to combine his love of the sport and his desire to blow glass. He gained experience working at various studios including the Simon Pearce factory and for independent artist Michael Egan before joining Little River Hotglass in 2000.
Chris is a highly skilled glassblower who has become and integral part of the Little River team.