Sam Stang was born in Northfield, MN in 1959. He attended Washington University in St. Louis, MO from 1980 to 1984. Sam was a student of Fritz Dreisbach at Penland School of Crafts in 1983 and he studied with Lino Tagliapietra in 1991 at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine. Sam was a founding partner in Ibex Glass Studio (1985 through 1991) and founded Augusta Glass Studio in Augusta, MO in 1992, which he still operates with his wife, Kaeko Maehata. Sam has been inspired by African trade beads, mid-century Italian and Scandinavian design as well as by patterns and colors found in nature.