Wes Valdez is a Philadelphia based artist and educator. He holds two degrees in glass, a BFA from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and a MFA from Tyler School of Art at Temple University. Currently, he works at the University of the Arts, in Philadelphia, as the Glass Studio Supervisor. His sculptural work is informed by personal narrative through memory or dream and often explores themes of wholeness, mortality, duality, and ideals of perfection. With glass, he explores the fallibility and fragility of the human condition.
As an educator, Wes is practiced in teaching a variety of glass manipulation processes including kiln working, flameworking, off-hand blowing and sculpting, and cold working. He has taught glass at the University of the Arts, Tyler School of Art at Temple University, Penland School of Crafts, Pilchuck Glass School, Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, and Southern Illinois University – Carbondale.