About the Studio
Robert Mickelsen has been a flameworker for more than 42 years. He founded Mickelsen Studios, Inc. in 1989 when it was still a tiny, solo enterprise in a 200 sq. ft. room in the back of his garage. Although he has had periodic studio assistants throughout his career, Robert has always worked alone. But that has recently changed. Mickelsen Studios has become a family affair! There are now three of us – my step-son Kyle Smith (@smiffglass), my nephew Ryan Moring (@ryder_glass), and me, each making our own way in this crazy business. The current studio is located in a 4800 sq ft building in the backyard of our home in Ocala, Florida.