For the love of art — and science

Scott Hartley has always loved art. From early days in grade school experimenting with different types of art —whether it was crayon, pencil or paint — Scott knew he had art in his blood. But he didn’t know how much until later in life.

Scott graduated valedictorian of his high school class and attended Southwestern College. There he also found a love of science and biology. He started his career as a biology teacher wanting to make a difference in the lives around him. However, Scott realized something was missing. After attending a glassblowing demonstration at Karg Art Glass, he knew what was missing — art! “I was mesmerized by the process,” said Hartley. “I instantly knew that was what I wanted to do.” Scott spent several years training and learning the craft of glassblowing. He said he felt an instant connection to the glasswork and knew he would be good at it. He was right.

Scott is now the owner of Infinity Art Glass Studio in Benton. He displays and sells his artwork all over the world. He started with small pieces, such as paperweights and vases, but now focuses on unique pieces such as glass sculptures and tables. “Every piece is different,” Hartley said. “Each piece can stand alone and balance on its own, but they also intertwine as sets.”

Hartley credits his success to his background in art and science. “Glassblowing is trial and error — the scientific process in action,” he said. “Glass is made from a mixture of about seventy percent sand, soda ash, and several other hazardous chemicals. I mix this myself and load them into a special furnace, which reaches temperatures of 2,500 degrees. The furnaces run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days each year. Not much else could withstand these extreme temperatures. Every time I put another layer of glass over an inner layer, I get more than 2,000 degrees in my face from the furnace as I spin the pipe through the honey-like molten glass. I pour myself into my glasswork. I believe that the glass speaks both for itself and for me.”

Hartley enjoys blending his background of science and art to create unique masterpieces, which he ships to galleries all over the world. “Glass is my escape. Glass is the glimmer in my eye. Glass is the perfect marriage of both art and science.”

Scott Hartley’s artwork will be on display locally at the Autumn & Art Festival at Bradley Fair Sept. 15-17. For more information on Scott’s artwork go to

Infinity Art Glass Studio

120 N. Main Street
Benton, KS 67107
12:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday
10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Saturday or by appointment

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