Published: September 22, 2023
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When people think of neon, it’s easy to conjure images advertising stores, diners, and Broadway shows. But when Richard Wheater traveled from the UK to New York on a student exchange program to study glass blowing, he developed an appreciation for neon as a medium for artistic expression. When he returned to the UK, he took a job in a commercial neon shop, and began teaching the creative side of the craft as well.
He combined his interests in creative design and teaching in 2009, and founded Neon Workshops in Wakefield, UK. He feels the most rewarding things about Neon Workshops are that he gets to introduce people to neon for the first time, and to use neon in ways that haven’t been done before. “Neon Workshops is a product of something that just didn't exist,” Richard says.