Instructors

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Matthew Szosz

Matthew Szösz is a practicing artist and educator known primarily for his innovative use of glass to explore the relationship between experimentation, process and aesthetic product. He received his BFA, BID, and MFA(Glass) from Rhode Island School of Design.

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Dylan Karle

Dylan Karle was born and raised in New York City. He began school for biochemistry, but once he found flameworking and discovered Salem Community College he left his biochemical studies to pursue dual degrees in scientific and artistic glass blowing. 

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Jay Macdonell

Jay has worked for many studios since 1992 for various artists, designers and architects as a project manager, design consultant and gaffer. He has worked for artists such as Laura and Alessandro De Santillana, Xu Bing, Angelo Filomeno, Bruce Mau, Catherine Chalmers, and Mildred Howard and has taught at Pilchuck Glass School, The Bay Area Glass institute in San Jose, Pittsburg Glass School, Espace Verre in Montreal and the Royal Copenhagen School of Art and Architecture on the island of Bornholm, Denmark.

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Julia and Robin Rogers

Julia and Robin Rogers share a passion for sculpture and molten glass. After assisting each other for ten years, they decided to create collaboratively.

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Kit Paulson

Kit Paulson received her MFA from Southern Illinois University and her BFA from Alfred University. 

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Brent Rogers

Brent Rogers was born and raised in Seattle, Washington where he worked as a production glass blower and designer at the Glass eye studio. 

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Jiri Pacinek

Jiri Pacinek started his career in glass in the early 1990’s, when he joined Chribska 1414 Glass Works.

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Iryna Stepanchuk

Iryna Stepanchuk is a Certified Public Accountant with comprehensive industry knowledge and hands-on experience in providing support in the areas of tax, accounting, and business operations to small- and mid-sized businesses and individuals.

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Chris Wolston

CHRIS WOLSTON is a New York and Medellín-based artist whose work explores both the material vernacular of the modern day, and the fetishization of process. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design, and later traveled to Colombia on a Fulbright grant.

Inspired by manual techniques and the regional contrasts between his Brooklyn and Medellín studios, Wolston creates work that demonstrates playful adaptations of materials, often mixing high- and low-tech processes. Wolston’s work can be found in the permanent collections of the Museum of American Glass, and the Museo de Antioquia in Medellín, Colombia.

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John Hallett

John Hallett lives and works in New York City. Born and raised in Adelaide, Australia, he has worked in a variety of creative and instructional roles throughout Australia, Europe and the United States, including having spent time working and learning from professional mold makers in Murano and Czech Republic. John holds a Bachelor of Industrial Design from the University of South Australia and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend

Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend, a past board member of the Glass Art Society (1982-86) and an Honorary Life Member, served as the first woman president from 1984-86. She was a partner and co-creator of the architectural glass studio, Renaissance Glass, from 1973-1987 in Austin, Texas.

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Robert Panepinto

Robert Panepinto has been involved in glass-making at Urban Glass and the New York Metro area for the past twenty years. He is currently attending Ramapo College in New Jersey where he is working to complete a degree in Contemporary Art. Rob lives in New Jersey with his wife Jennifer and son Bobby.

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Sydney Cash

Cash has had a diverse and experimental career, creating with flat glass, mirror, painting, pattern and portraiture. He’s explored process, material science, movement and personality.

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Holly Cooper

"Working out of my studio in Austin, TX, I have been a professional artist my entire working career. With a background in painting, art history, ceramics, textiles, jewelry and finally glass, my work melds all of these disparate disciplines into my creative work. I draw inspiration from a variety of cultural and historical traditions and incorporate them into my glass beads."

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Kate Clements

Kate Clements is an artist who lives and works in Philadelphia, PA. Over the past decade, her delicate glass installations and headdresses have been displayed throughout the United States. Clements' work explores a variety of mediums - from glass and textile to sculpture and installation - that centers on the capricious and often vicious life-cycles of fashion, adornment, and ornament.

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Kristin Deady

Kristin is the Glass Education Administrator at Salem Community College (SCC), overseeing both the Glass Art and Scientific Glass Technology programs at SCC’s Glass Education Center. Prior to SCC Kristin was the Glass Technician at the Tyler School of Art at Temple University; and taught in the glass departments at Tyler and the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Kristin received an AA from Salem Community College in 2005, her BFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2010, and completed her MFA at the Tyler School of Art in 2014. Recent exhibitions include the 74th Woodmere Annual in Philadelphia, the Governors’ Island Art Fair in New York, and Kristin’s large-scale installation Amplified Aberration was exhibited in 2017 at the Philadelphia International Airport.

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Elise Bernhardt

Fleur Elise Bkln is a Flower Market to Table floral design company started by Elise Bernhardt in 2018..  Bernhardt sources her flowers at the 28th street Flower Market and delivers flower arrangements in Brooklyn and Manhattan.

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Amy di Giacomo

Amy is a Yoga Alliance certified Vinyasa Yoga instructor that has been bringing her Workplace Wellness program to offices in Manhattan since 2013.

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Jenny Crescuillo

Jennifer Crescuillo is an internationally exhibited artist currently living and working in Silver Point, Tennessee with her family. She was first introduced to glass at Bowling Green State University where she completed her Bachelor’s of Fine Art in glass.

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Christopher Duffy

Mostly known for mixed media sculpture often involving glass, Christopher Duffy is part dedicated craftsman and part cultural dilettante. He was born in California in 1980, raised in Illinois. He moved to Cleveland Ohio on his eighteenth birthday to attend the Cleveland Institute of Art. In 2003 he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Glass. In 2006 he moved to New York City and currently lives in Queens, New York. 

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Erin Dickson

Erin Dickson is an artist, researcher and digital specialist based in the UK. Having completed her PhD in 2015, Dickson has worked as a digital specialist since 2010, now as Digital Specialist at Central Saint Martins, London.

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Karen Donnellan

Donnellan earned a Bachelors of Design from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, and an MFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology, NY. She is Assistant Professor of Glass, and Co-Director of the National Casting Center at Alfred University, NY.

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Jan Janecky

I was born in Liberec 1978. And I live in Liberec in North region of Czech Republic. Famous for his Glass tradition.

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Micah Evans


Micah Evans is a glass artist and designer living and working in Austin Texas. Glass has been an obsession for Micah since the late 90’s, he’s been known to refer to it as a disorder more than a craft or art form. His work is a balance of contemporary craft, and sculpture. Micah travels, teaches and lectures at schools and universities around the world about flameworking, design and glass subculture in the United States.

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Adrianne Evans

I grew up in the state of Pennsylvania, where twice a month I traveled through the Pocono Mountains and was fascinated by miles of road cuts. I received my undergraduate degree from Alfred University in the glacial region of New York State where I studied sculpture and glass and took the geology and astronomy courses that still inspire much of my work.

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Dan Friday

Dan Friday is a member of the Lummi Nation and a Seattle based glass artist. He has spent the last twenty years working for artists such as Dale Chihuly, Paul Marioni, Preston Singletary, and many others.

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Kambui Olujimi

Kambui Olujimi was born and raised in Bedford-Stuyvesant Brooklyn and received his MFA from Columbia University in New York City. Olujimi’s work challenges established modes of thinking that commonly function as "inevitabilities."

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Giles Bettison

Giles Bettison received a bachelor's degree from the Canberra School of Art in Australia. He has been the recipient of numerous prizes and awards for his intricate murrine vessels.

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Luisa Restrepo

Luisa Restrepo is a glass artist and designer born in Colombia now working in México. After concluding her studies in Medellin and later in Wolverhampton, England; in 2005 she founded her studio, “El taller” in México City. Her work examines rhythm, pattern, proportion and excess. Going from objects, to installations and performance she strives to use different mediums and means in the understanding of the material, how we transform it and relate to it. Supported by scholarships she has attended various workshops, taught at Pilchuck, Xaquixe amongst other places and has been part of the Northland’s and Wheaton’s residency programs. She has also won the first Colombian Glass Biennale and shows both nationally and internatio

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Kazuki Takizawa

Kazuki Takizawa is a Japanese glass artist currently based in Los Angeles, California. He graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with High Honors in 2010. He has since worked and taught at various glass educational facilities including Pilchuck Glass School and Public Glass. 

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Victoria Ahmadizadeh

Victoria Ahmadizadeh is a multi-disciplinary artist investigating the intersection of language and seeing.  She holds an MFA in Craft/Material Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University and a BFA in Glass from Tyler School of Art at Temple University.

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Joseph Cavalieri

Joseph Cavalieri is an award winning native New York artist and educator. Cavalieri's aim is to merge contemporary imagery with the time-honored processes of painted stained glass, a material with a powerful spiritual history. His work is based of historic fables, contemporary pop art and human and architectural icons.

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John Roach

John Roach is an interdisciplinary artist from Queens, New York whose installations and performances translate objects and materials into unexpected forms of sensory perception. John received a BA in English from Rutgers University and an MFA in painting from Hunter College. He is a full time Faculty at Parsons School of Design where he teaches a wide range of courses that address the aesthetic, spatial, emotional, psychological and political impact of sound.

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Gigi Gatewood

Gigi Gatewood is an artist born in Buffalo and based in Hudson, NY. After receiving an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design (2009), she spent a year in Trinidad and Tobago (2011) as a William J. Fulbright Fellow researching and photographing the islands’ complex spiritual landscape.

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Michael Flechtner

I was born in Tiffin Ohio in 1951…Year of the Rabbit.  Blood type – O neg.  Gemini with Cancer rising. I have a BFA and MFA in sculpture and painting and was introduced to the use of neon as an expressive fine art material in undergraduate school during a lecture by Stephen Antonakos. 

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Jesse Yager

Jesse Yager is a studio glassblower since 2002. He studied Scientific Glass Technology and Design at Salem Community College, and has traveled throughout the United States working with top professionals in glass art. 

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Whitney Artell

Whitney Artell fell in love with the philosophy of yoga in college and began a regular asana practice after moving to Brooklyn in 2009.

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Michelle Hinebrook

Michelle Hinebrook is a contemporary artist living in Brooklyn, New York, best-known for her abstract paintings and glass sculptures. Her work explores geometric abstraction, lending a new perspective to our emotions, memory, perception and sensory experiences.

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Stephanie Lifshutz

Stephanie Sara Lifshutz is an artist and photographer residing in Brooklyn, NY. She first began working with glass and neon while attending the University of Wisconsin, Madison as a graduate student. 

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Daniel Clayman

Daniel Clayman is a sculptor who has been working with glass as his primary medium for thirty-five years. His work reveals his interests in engineering, the behavior of light, and how the memory of experience acts as the impetus for much of his work.  

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Ethan Stern

Ethan Stern has taught sculpture at the University of Washington, Pilchuck Glass School, Pratt Fine Arts Center, The Penland School of Craft and the Pittsburgh Glass Center. He earned his Associates degree in Ceramics at TAFE College in Brisbane Australia and his BFA in Sculpture and Glass from Alfred University. 

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Megan Biddle

Megan Biddle is an interdisciplinary artist whose work orbits between sculpture, installation, drawing and video. Rooted in glass, she produces experiment and process driven work with an emphasis on materials and their distinct characteristics. As an observer of nature she responds to the elusive and subtle, reflecting on variations of time, cycles of growth and erosion.

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Kelsie McNair

Peering through the photographic lens of Kelsie McNair, we encounter carefully curated spaces that transform the commonplace into wistful romance—a feeling more poetic than reality.

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James Akers

John Akers graduated from Alfred University in 2015 with an addiction to glass, neon, and electricity. He currently  is based out of Dallas Texas where he designs artisanal compact fluorescent lightbulbs while packaging ideas on art and life by creating a series of highly exhibitable electric sculptures.

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Andrew Hughes

Andrew is a professional glass maker in Brooklyn, New York, who is constantly amazed by glass's ability to be so many contradictory things at once. 

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Cooper O'Brien

Cooper O’Brien received his BFA in glass from RISD in 2012. He creates work that weaves the technical challenge of glass making with the larger issue of creating something worth the effort.

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Courtney McCloskey

Courtney McCloskey is a glass artist from South Jersey.  It is this location that began her affinity with the home and seaside environments.

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Sasha Zhitneva

Sasha Zhitneva is an award-winning designer and artist who has worked creatively with glass since 1995. She studied in Russia, Spain and in the United States. Her work has been exhibited in SOFA expositions in Chicago, Palm Beach and New York, and in numerous solo and group shows in United States and overseas.

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Dorie Guthrie

Born in 1982 in Moline, Illinois, Dorie Guthrie was first exposed to the medium when she stumbled upon a small glass studio in her hometown. Since graduating from Illinois State University in 2008, Guthrie has continued her studies, being awarded scholarships, at Corning Museum of Glass, Penland School of Craft, and Pittsburgh Glass Center where she furthered her technique. 

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John Drury

John Drury is a New York City-based artist, writer and teacher, living in Brooklyn with his wife and two young children. Mr. Drury holds an MFA degree from the Ohio State University (1985) and has been a recipient of the prestigious Louis Comfort Tiffany Award for the Visual Arts (1997)

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Laura Carbone

Brooklyn-born Laura Carbone has worked in the field of stained glass since 1989. The majority of her work has been the fabrication and restoration/conservation of stained and leaded glass windows.

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Grant Gullikson

Grant C. Gullikson has 37 years experience in all phases of the ever-changing sign industry working with wood, metal, plastic, paint and graphic design. 

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Sean Baumbach

Sean has been working the last several years in New York, NY. His glasswork focuses on precision and the ability to repeat small items for use in functional objects. 

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Ashley Goodwyn

Ashley Goodwyn grew up in Alabama surrounded by art. In May 2013 she graduated from Alfred University, Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor in Fine Arts.

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Carmichael Jones

Working with a variety of materials and a field of concentration in glass, Jones makes work that explores shifting identities; the personal and the archetypal, the handmade and the readymade, the meticulous and the reckless. 

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Danielle Brensinger

Throughout her young artistic career, Danielle Brensinger has explored her voice through various techniques involving glass and mixed media.

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Maria Aroche

Maria Aroche is a graduate of the UrbanGlass Bead Project who has also studied the principals of silversmithing at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. 

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Erin S. Daily

Erin S. Daily is a metalsmith who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. . In addition to making, Erin co-owns and operates Brooklyn Metal Works.

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Emily Craddock

Emily Craddock received her BFA in Sculpture from Alfred University in 2014, and an Associate’s degree in Glass Art from Salem Community College in 2009. 

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Mia Sartori

Mia Sartori is a Brooklyn based artist specializing in hot glass. After receiving her BFA from Bowling Green State University in Ohio Mia has continued to explore glass as a material in relationship to common place objects, always looking to utilize and experiment with glass in different ways.

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Esteban Salazar

Transplanted from Bogota, Colombia to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2001, Esteban is a sculptor, educator, and glass artist producing work that goes from hot-sculpted blown glass objects to art installations of optics and light.

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Leo Tecosky

Tecosky’s work is a mashup of art X craft X design. Combining traditional glassblowing techniques, graffiti, stylized typography and Islamic geometric motifs, he creates new objects that do not conform to any one discipline. 

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Beth Lipman

Beth Lipman lives and works in Sheboygan Falls, WI.  She has received numerous awards including a USA Berman Bloch Fellowship, Pollock Krasner Grant, Virginia Groot Foundation Grant, and a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant. 

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Suzanne Peck

Suzanne Peck is a visual artist, writer, educator and curator living in New York City.  Her work considers themes of skin, touch, intimacy, and material, with a healthy scoop of irreverence on top.

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Adam Holtzinger

After receiving a BFA in Glass from the Cleveland Institute of Art, Adam Holtzinger moved to Brooklyn, NY to pursue a career in glass blowing

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Romina Gonzales

Romina Gonzales (b. 1989, Lima, Peru) is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. She earned her B.FA. from New York University in 2013 after previously attending Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. Her work exists between the gaps of sculpture, video, installation, writing and performance, addressing issues of social construction, identity, politics and human emotion through gestures that combine tangible and intangible materials.

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Erica Rosenfeld

Erica Rosenfeld lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She uses glass, beads, fabric, food, and found objects to create her work. Aside from her sculpture, installations and performances, she has a line of jewelry and functional glass.

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Joshua Raiffe

While pursuing a BFA at Tyler School of Art Joshua Raiffe worked for Belle Mead Hot Glass, producing blown chandelier parts.  

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Nancy Callan

Nancy Callan’s artistic voice as a glass sculptor reflects her high-level training and talents. 

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Katherine Gray

Katherine received her undergraduate degree from Ontario College of Art in Toronto, and her MFA from Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI. 

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