In 1996, Bengt Hokanson and Trefny Dix opened their first glass studio in Greenport, NY. In this studio, they primarily cast glass to use as elements for their individual glass and mixed media sculpture and for custom architectural projects.
In 2000 they began a collaborative body of blown glass vessels. This early work was developed and made under the studio name, Boar Glass. This body of work experimented with the use of vibrant colors, murrinis, cane work and incalmos. This collection of work incorporated large blocks of color and color wraps that surrounded patterned layers, all flowing across the surface of their sculptural forms. Although much of the work was created as pieces in a series, each piece was an abstract painting and therefore, is unique.
Bengt received a B.A. in Anthropology from Tulane University in 1991. He also studied glass blowing at Tulane from 1987-1991. He worked as a gaffer for Gene Koss, Head of Glass, Tulane University, from 1991-93. He studied at Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA for many sessions between 1991-2002. In 1993, Bengt was a T.A. for Pike Powers at Pilchuck Glass School. Again in 1998, he was a T.A. for Gene Koss at Pilchuck. Bengt has also taken classes at The Studio at Corning, Corning, NY and at Urban Glass, Brooklyn, NY. He has been working in glass for more than 25 years.