Connie Morgan is a native of Bozeman, MT where as a teenager, she went to a neon art show at the Museum of the Rockies and told herself that one day she would know how to make neon art. After having a few trial runs at adulthood, it became apparent to Connie and her parents that she find something to do with her life. Connie then remembered her desire to make neon. She researched different schools around the country that taught such skills. It was a tie between a school in Wisconsin or San Francisco...Mark Twain once said, "the coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco." Connie decided to go to San Fran because, "the coldest winter I ever spent was a winter in Wisconsin." Once done with school Connie moved to Detroit where she worked for 3 years making neon signs. She then moved onto Seattle, Tacoma, Bozeman and now Casper all the while working in the sign business. She's been working with neon for 24 years and now it's in her blood.
I love bending glass because it's difficult. I love things that are not easy to do. I love that the craft and skill of bending glass has not changed much since neon made its first public display in 1910. When I'm in the glass shop, I find a sense of calm that I don't find in many other places. While either creating art or a functional sign, to me the real art lies in the knowledge and the creation of a neon tube. After 24 years in the sign trade I feel as though I've become a protector of a lost art and skill. I am the only neon tube bender in the Casper area that is working in the trade. Becoming a neon tube bender sent me on a walk through life that has been interesting to say the least. All the people I have met along the way have enriched my life in all the ways I could never have imagined. I have worked on neon pieces that have ended up in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and many other far off places. I love visiting cities I've lived and seeing my work shining through the night beckoning you closer to bask in its noble glow.