I started making glass in 1981. Red Fern Glass studio was established in 1985. The current studio is located in Clinton, Arkansas.
The chandeliers developed from 1996-1999 and since then over 640 chandeliers have been produced.
My sculptural works are statements about environmental concerns at the local, regional, or national level. I have made work about seismic activity caused by fracking in and around the area I live in. The most current series "Chaos" not only deals with the aftermath of the 2008 Super Tuesday tornado that went through Clinton but also the current climate crisis and political turmoil.
Watch this video of an interview of Ed by Lauren Willette for the Arkansas Folk & Traditional Arts Web Series.
In the fall of 2023 Ed was accepted into the Arkansas Folk & Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program. He will be the mentor for Amanda Whatley in the winter/spring of 2024.
My lighting has been installed in many public places and residences and was awarded "Excellence in Lighting" by the Philadelphia Furniture and Furnishings show. Sculptural work has been included in the Annual Delta Exhibition and included in temporary installations at the Decatur, Georgia Artwalk, Bentonville Arkansas Trail System, Olathe, Kansas Public Sculpture Progarm, Arkansas Arts Center FountainFest, and the Clinton Presidential Library.
All the glass is made by me in my studio. There are no assistants or other glassmakers employed. The majority of the glass is blown. I also do some casting and fusing.
I Work in an inspiring location. The Ozarks is known for its beautiful scenery and abundant flora and fauna.
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