Heath began working with glass at the Columbus College of Art and Design in Ohio in 1988. One evening Heath happened by the glass studio where some advanced students were working. The studio was dark and the fires and glowing, molten glass quickly turned intrigue into fascination.
Soon Heath sought out and apprenticed himself to local Ohio glass blower Nick DelMatto. In Nick's small shop in the backwoods, he learned technique and about color chemistry and shop technology. During this time, Heath earned his Bachelor's degree in Sculpture from Ohio University and then left the DelMatto shop to work on his Master's degree in Glass at Bowling Green State University near Toledo, Ohio, in 1996.
During Heath's two years at BGSU, he taught glassblowing and sculpture classes. While mastering his craft and earning his MFA, Heath was also accepted into a week long intensive glassblowing class in Seattle being taught by Italian Master Lino Tagliapietra. It was during this brief immersion into the Seattle glass scene that Heath knew that his path would ultimately end in Seattle.
Heath spent some time in Japan learning Japanese glass techniques and was fortunate enough to work with Masahiro "Nick" Sasaki. Heath also taught glassblowing classes in Japanese at A&MO2 glass studio for Sato Akemi.
Heath is now back in Seattle and is Lead Artist at Art by Fire where his work continues to draw from the rich history of glass blowing, current events, nature and science fiction authors such as Philip K. Dick and H.P. Lovecraft. Heath loves to create new things or illustrate ideas in glass for the first time and then explore new directions for them.