Born in Fargo, ND, Aaron Buchholz was raised in a small town in northern Minnesota. After high school, he served in the Marine Corps during the Gulf War. After completing his commitment, he returned to Minnesota to earn a degree in photography at Moorhead State University.
While he was Moorhead State, he had his first experience with hot glass. Upon graduation, he was determined to pursue a career in glass. In search of a community that would meet his needs, he moved to Columbus. Aaron built and maintained a glass studio in a museum, made artwork, taught classes, worked with visiting artists, and made daily public demonstrations.
The technical challenges and the artistic pursuit of glass bring a sense of fulfillment and satisfaction. To make art from glass requires the ability to balance: time, mental and physical constraints of the artist, heat, and the limitations of the material. When these variables are working harmoniously, there is success. Aaron finds a sense of excitement in working against the potential of error between what he envisioned and the final outcome. Glass has a life of its own and Aaron enjoys working with the unpredictable qualities of the medium. This has helped him develop a style of his own as a craftsman and artist.