Born in Lihue on the island of Kauai, Glassblower Christopher Aaron Upp now lives in Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii with his wife Poppy and their son Joshua. His interest in the arts began early when he joined his father, Michael Upp, in his pottery studio at a young age. Michael's focus was on high-fired glazed works for the home, including full dinnerware sets. Christopher insisted on creating his own works in clay and was pictured in the home town paper at age five.
Christopher began teaching himself glass work over 12 years ago, flame working pure crystal to create one of a kind art pieces. Poppy joined him in the love of glass and began producing her own jewelry designs. They also design architectural lighting, from hanging sconces to large installations.
Of his work Christopher states, "Natural colors and life-like features are what I strive for in my attention to detail. Almost daily I'm in the water, surfing or swimming the reefs".