Charles Flickinger began his career as a stained glass designer and craftsman. Early on, he worked for several leading glass studios in New York City including Rambusch Decorating and Ernest Porcelli Art Glass Studio.
After helping to restore the Statue of Liberty’s bent glass torch in 1984, he began a series of apprenticeships with prominent bent glass designers and craftsmen. These include the international bent glass manufacturer, Hans Deutsch; renowned glass sculptor, Sydney Cash; and glass tableware designer, Maurice Heaton, whose work is featured in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Corning Museum and the Museum of Art and Design.
In 1985, he opened Flickinger Glassworks in a loft in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The business grew beyond it’s location and Charles Flickinger’s dilemma became the quest to find a new location in which to house his growing enterprise in Brooklyn. That’s when he encountered the O’Connell Organization in Red Hook, and moved to his present 7,000 square foot shop in 1990.