Bloomington, Illinois 1960
Popelka’s career is peppered with distinction and interactions with leading individuals and institutions associated with his chosen medium, glass. The list includes Marvin Lipofsky, Joel Philip Myers, Jamie Carpenter, Erwin Eisch; The Pilchuck School, The Corning Museum School, The California College of Arts & Crafts, Oxbow School of Art, and more. Popelka conducts workshops and seminars, often with his wife, Stephanie Trenchard; the two run Popelka Trenchard Glass, a hot glass studio in Green Bay. Popelka is proficient in numerous glass techniques, notably sand-casting, glass-blowing, and murrini, and has participated in many international exhibitions.