At age 14, Almaguer first decided he wanted to try glassblowing, but it wasn't until seven years later that he got a chance to try it. When he took his first gather of glass in 2003 he felt like a little kid in a candy store and he has been doing it since. This fire dancer creates sculpture and blown forms through this substance that is much like lava. John has received a Bachelor of Fine Art in Glass and won awards for his work as well as displayed in galleries all over the nation. Almaguer has studied and worked with some of the best glass artists in the world. Many of these artists John worked for were from Murano, Venice where John lived and worked directly before he arrived in Asheville, NC where he currently makes his work and lives with his family.