Gateson Recko was born in Philadelphia, PA. In his youth, Gateson found great solace in art, most notably graffiti and photography. After receiving his BA in Architecture from Columbia University, he returned to Philadelphia. Gateson’s artistic goals shifted from buildings to glass, and in the mid-nineties he was a co-founder, as well as the Artistic Director, of Hot Soup, Philadelphia’s first public glassblowing facility. After five years of furnace worked glass, Gateson turned his focus towards flameworking.


In 2000, Gateson’s adventures took him to Taos, a remote mountain town in northern New Mexico.  Both the isolation and the crystal clear night skies of New Mexico reinvigorated his interest in the beauty of the universe.  As a result, he started incorporating universe themes into glass spheres.  The Universe Marble was created and earned Gateson first prize at the 2002 Albuquerque Flameworking Competition, the first of its kind.


Since that time, Gateson has revisited the east coast where he currently resides in Swedesboro, NJ. His focus has remained on Universe Marbles and space themed work.  Gateson’s art has been shown at SOFA New York and Chicago as well as Palm Beach 3 and belongs to the permanent collections of the Wheaton Museum of American Glass, The Corning Museum of Glass and the Kobe Flameworking Museum in Kobe, Japan. Most recently, Gateson was the featured artist for both the Borosilicate Art Expo in Yokohama, Japan and for WheatonArts Marble Weekend in Millville, New Jersey.  Through Gateson’s dedication to expanding the boundaries of the contemporary marble, he has unlocked the limitless space within a glass sphere.