Peter came to the world of glass in 1988 with a background in painting and printmaking. First invited to teach at the Glass Lab in 1993, he continued his education in glass blowing, painting, and sculpture at the Pilchuck Glass School and the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. Houk took up the leadership of the Glass Lab in 1997, and has since then expanded the program to accommodate intermediate and advanced students, as well as taking on many special projects in the Lab. His artwork ranges from intimate pieces in which the blown, sandblasted and painted vessel is used as a vehicle for landscape, to sculptural work—sometimes on a large scale—installed in architectural settings. About his own work, he says,“In one way or another, all of my work is linked to painting, printmaking, or drawing. My main preoccupation seems to be with the differences and similarities between natural and man-made structures”. Houk has designed and executed commissions internationally, and his work is held in many collections, including the Corning Museum of Glass and The Museum of American Glass at Wheaton Village.