Todd Sanders knew early on that he was a meant for Austin, Texas. Thankfully, when he was 21 years old he made the leap outta art school and took the initiative to introduce himself to every neon-sign shop in town.
Eve Hoyt knows that making neon is a process. She knows because her journey began in 1989 when she started calling shops searching for someone who would teach her to bend glass. Eventually connecting with neon instructor and mentor, Haley Ryane - Eve soon found herself working in commercial shops.
For Juno Shen, a person whose health crisis took her all the way to Urban Glass, it's appropriate that a pivotal moment in her artistic career happened when she took up learning neon. Juno and Max talk about that seminal moment and the initial feelings of bending glass.
Founder and owner of Random Neon, Clif Eddens - is a human bridge between dozens of different neon artists, collectors, and creators. Clif talks to Mondo Neon about the pivotal evolution of becoming a neon artist, such as traveling cross country to take neon coursework, building a neon shop with limited resources and know-how, and all the people Clif worked with over the years.