Recognizing the freedom, beauty, and opportunity offered
by the vastness of Western America, Ralph Mossman permanently
migrated to the region of the Grand Tetons in 1978.
Ralph has been a self-employed business-owner for over
23 years, working alongside Mary, his wife of 18 years.
Ralph and Mary reside in downtown Driggs, Idaho in an
historic granary built by Ezra Murdock about 65 years
ago. The renovated granary now serves as their home
and the site of their successful glass
art and design business, Heron Glass.
Ralph, along with his three siblings, was raised in
suburban New Jersey. The New York skyline formed the
distant landscape, but the gentle hills, woods, and
shorelines of New Jersey were his playground. His parents,
Allen and Judy Mossman, impressed upon Ralph a strong
work ethic, a great appreciation for the value of education,
a love of the outdoors and an interest in technical
challenges, as well as skills of the hand. Ralph was
an active member of the Boy Scouts, and his fondest
memories of childhood include creating a wooden desk
with his father, and sailing and skiing with his entire
Following in his father's footsteps, Ralph studied
engineering at an esteemed technical college, Worcester
Polytechnic Institute. His natural aptitude for
math and problem solving, along with his great respect
for his father's profession, led him down this initial
path, which greatly enhanced his capacity for creative
thinking, problem solving and other technical possibilities.
But Ralph had a yearning to see the American West.
He embarked on an exploration of his country and became
attracted to the self-sufficient aspects of rural and
mountain living. He also learned to appreciate the beauty
of small towns; the emphasis placed on helping each
other out during hard times, on lending a hand. Inspired
by the culture of the West, he returned to school, this
time to study the Humanities; Arts, Education and Philosophy
College, where he received his BA. Simultaneously,
Ralph developed his skills in the trade of glassmaking.
In the years since, Ralph and Mary have been recognized
nationally and internationally as teachers and artists.
They have received numerous awards for their accomplishments,
including the Idaho Governor's Award in the Arts (awarded
by Dirk Kempthorne) and the Idaho
Commission on the Arts Fellowship award.
Ralph's longtime interest in community has led him
to serve in many capacities. He has served on the boards
of the Economic Development Council, the Chamber
of Commerce, and the Wilderness Task Force. He is
currently serving on the Driggs City Council. Ralph
and Mary make many generous community contributions
through their business, Heron Glass, which regularly
welcomes a variety of adult and children's groups to
their studios for educational purposes and donates to
countless non-profit causes.