Loretta Eby finds inspiration in the oddest of places. Her idea of a good time is finding a new junkyard or farm equipment salvage lot: "It's way more fun than mall shopping." In places such as those, she finds "art parts," shapes, textures, and even discarded tools that are assembled into striking combinations with her glass.
Loretta received her B.F.A. in glass, with minors in printmaking and drawing, from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1981. She has continued her education at the Penland School of Crafts, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and the Pilchuck School of Glass. Her emphasis since college has been on hot glass, working in and managing several studios before opening her own studio in 1985.