Robert Mickelsen has taught extensively at major glass schools including the Pilchuck Glass School, Penland School of Crafts, and UrbanGlass. He has filmed and produced two videos on his flameworking process and published numerous technical and historical articles on flameworking. He served for six years on the board of directors of the Glass Art Society.
Mickelsen’s formal education ended after one year of college. He apprenticed with a professional lampworker for two years in the mid-70s and then sold his own designs at outdoor craft fairs for 10 years. In 1987, he took a class with Paul Stankard that opened his eyes to the possibilities of glass. Two years later, he was marketing his work exclusively through galleries. He shows his work in some of the finest galleries in the country and participates in exhibitions each year. His work is exhibited in many prominent collections including the Renwick Gallery of American Crafts at the Smithsonian Institution, The Corning Museum of Glass, Toledo Museum of Art, Museum of Arts and Design, and many others.