Neil Duman is a Virginia artist who was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He studied art at the Maryland Institute of Fine Art in Baltimore and at Virginia Commonmealth University in Richmond, receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts in glass and Metal in 1977. His love of glass came about when he transferred to VCU and was assigned Kent Ipsen as his advisor. Mr Ipsen had just started the school’s glass program the year before. When Neil needed another studio class for his first semester, Kent suggested he try glass. It was love at first sight. The heat, the constant glow of the material, how it flowed and moved with the tools, how gravity and centrifugal forces alone could shape the material: these things intrigued him.