Michael Trimpol was born in Philadelphia, PA in 1958 and raised in Montreal, Quebec. While attending prep school in Stowe, Vermont, Michael was introduced to the art of stained glass and continued to practice this craft while attending Concordia University in Montreal. He taught stained glass and was commissioned to create installations for both residential and commercial buildings. A few years later, he was introduced to the craft of glassblowing and attended the Sheridan College School of Craft and Design in Oakville, Ontario to pursue his new interest.
Upon graduating from Sheridan College in 1985, Michael was offered an artist in residence program at Harbourfront Studios in Toronto. In 1988, he established his own private glassblowing studio, Hotglass Inc. in Mississauga, Ontario designing and creating a full line of production work including perfume bottles, paperweights, bowls, vases and ornaments. Michael also hosted and participated in workshops notably with Lino Tagliapietra, Dale Chihuly and Dick Marquis. In 1995, he had a one man show entitled “Perfection through Production” at the Ontario Clay and Glass Guild in Toronto.
In 1992, he became business partners with Monique LaJeunesse and in 1995, they moved the studio to Stowe Vermont where they continue to design and create exceptional production pieces and limited edition sculptures under the name Little River Hotglass Studio. Their work can be found at fine craft stores and glass galleries throughout North America, England, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.