Kentucky Tourism

England, John — Outback Glass

Columbia, KY


ornaments, jewelry

As a sixth generation Kentuckian, John England was introduced to lamp worked glass in 1985 while in the U.S. Army. While working as a stone mason, he took a workshop on lamp working glass and met Ed Francis whom he assisted in the building of a glass furnace. In return, Francis shared techniques for working hot glass.


John set up his own glass furnace and began working with hot glass in 1989. He is essentially self-taught and has created a wide variety of items for sale in his own studio. He has taught classes and has shared his skill through videos. John had a glass studio in Berea from 1991-1997 and traveled to Japan in 1994 and 1995 as part of a Berea delegation.


John now has a studio in Columbia, Kentucky where he creates his lamp worked glass. His blown glass is produced at Glassworks in Louisville, KY. John is a member of the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen and the Kentucky Art Council’s Craft Marketing Program.


John’s glass can be found at Swanson Reed, Louisville, KY; True Kentucky, Glendale, KY; and at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.