Anchor Bend Glassworks is a glass artist collaborative established in 2003. This collaborative comprises of three childhood friends Michael Richardson, Justin Tarducci, and Timothy Underwood. All met while exploring their shared enthusiasm for art, glass, and creation in and around Newport Rhode Island. Each member of the team has their own style and expertise when it comes to glass art, but those unique talents have melded together into award winning work that can be seen in select galleries and museums nationwide.
Although the three artists of Anchor Bend Glassworks met long before opening the studio, their paths to being successful artists were very different. Michael Richardson went to St. Michael’s College in Vermont and is a skilled marketing and studio manager. Justin Tarducci began glass blowing when he was just 14 and this head start over contemporaries allowed him access to the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design where he studied the conceptual applications of glass. Timothy Underwood ventured out to study under many nationally renowned glass artists which exposed him to the exclusive world of glass masters and honed his skills that way. Through their work and mission, they help support many nonprofits and charities including: The American Heart Association, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, March of Dimes, Boys and Girls Club of Newport, and many more.