Glassford studied fine arts at the University of Texas at Austin (1986 – 1991) concentrating in sculpture and after, focused on working in studio. He began making furniture as sculptural work before moving to Mexico in 1996 where he honed his carpentry skills. A native from the Texas border, Mexico was very influential on Glassford culturally. In 1998, Glassford made a major shift and joined a Mexican partnership based in Guadalajara, crafting high-end furniture for the US market using traditional methods. Presently, he oversees all design and marketing for the company while continuing to produce his signature pieces.