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Cedric Mitchell

Cedric Major Mitchell, Los Angeles-based glass artist from Oklahoma who honed his skills while attending Tulsa Community College studying business. Learning about the glass art-form as an emerging local hip-hop artist while recording in the music studio, he immediately enrolled as an elective. As a student, he quickly transitioned into an apprentice and instructor at The Tulsa Glassblowing School.

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Suzanne Head

Suzanne Head received her BFA in drawing from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2016. With a multi-faceted approach to visual story telling, Suzanne has created work in pencil, paint, clay and glass, in addition to pursuing public art as a muralist.

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Jessica Tsai

Jessica Tsai earned her BFA in sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2011. She worked in New York City as an art fabricator, moldmaker, and museum preparator. 

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Jenine Bressner

Jenine Bressner has been sculpting glass with torches since 1998, and lasercutting textiles since 2009, having studied glass at RISD and digital fabrication through MIT.

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Miguel Unson

Miguel Unson draws inspiration from archaeological ambiguity and deliberate chaos. He found his voice in glass having completed a Masters Degree in Communication and Packaging design at Pratt Institute.

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Avery Shaffer

Avery Shaffer, an artist and designer working in kiln-formed glass, received his BFA from East Carolina University with a concentration in painting.

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Nisha Bansil

Nisha Bansil works in NYC and the Catskill Region of NY, where she fabricates commissioned glass works as well as her personal projects. She has been a resident artist at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass, and Bullseye Projects.

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Chris Duffy

Mostly known for mixed media sculpture often involving glass, Christopher Duffy is part dedicated craftsman and part cultural dilettante. He has lived in New York City since 2006 in Brooklyn and or Queens. 

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Ali Feeney

Always playing with new materials, Ali Feeney is drawn to all things soft, shiny, and contrasting. Emerging artist, business owner, and educator, her research focuses on gender norms, craft histories, materials, and family dynamics.

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John Dillard

John Dillard (B. Gulfport, MS, USA 1995. ) Is an interdisciplinary sculptor living and working Brooklyn, NY. After receiving a BFA from Ringling College of Art and Design, John continues to show nationally and internationally with residencies at Penland School of Crafts, Burren College of Art, and George Enescu University of the Arts.

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Christopher Kerr-Ayer

Christopher Kerr-Ayer grew up in rural Vermont. He started learning about glass in 2009, as an apprentice in a small production studio. Kerr-Ayer refined his skill and studio practice through working as a production assistant and employee. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Johnson State College, Vt.

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John McGuckin

My name is John McGuckin and I’ve been crafting with glass since 2014. I graduated from Salem Community College, New Jersey, in 2020. While there I earned a degree focused in scientific glass technologies. My work has consisted of pendant and marble making with borosilicate glass. 

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Megan Ulrich

After studying Glass at the Rhode Island School of Design, Megan found herself where many makers do, supplementing multiple jobs in the arts by working in hospitality. 

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Victoria Ahmadizadeh Melendez

Victoria Ahmadizadeh Melendez has been a professional glassworker for over 13years, a path that has led her to artist residencies at Pilchuck Glass School, The Creative Glass Center of America, MASS MoCA, STARworks Glass Lab, and the UTAG Glass and Neon Studios. Her work has been shown internationally at several venues, most notably in Young Glass, a once-per-decade exhibition featuring rising international glass artists under 35. Domestically she recently exhibited at Delaware Contemporary in Wilmington, Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh and UrbanGlass in Brooklyn. Her sculptures are included in New Glass Review #33 and #38, publications of The Corning Museum of Glass. Ahmadizadeh Melendez is currently faculty at Tyler School of Art and Architecture, from which she received her BFA in Glass. She holds an MFA in Craft/Material Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Emily Doerflein

Emily Doerflein’s work captures the human form using glass as well as mixed materials. After receiving her BFA from the Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Emily has moved back to New York to join the UrbanGlass community. 

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Caroline (Coco) Picard

Caroline (Coco) Picard is a writer and curator based in New Mexico. As the Executive Director of the Green Lantern Press, she has published over 40 books on art, theory, and literature.

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Ghislaine Sabiti

Ghislaine Sabiti is an interdisciplinary French/American Congolese-born artist, a painter, costume designer, and flame worker who was raised on the outskirts of Paris, France and is now based in New York.

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Anna Riley

Anna Riley is a researcher, teacher, and artist interested in material culture. Her research projects have been supported by fellowships and residencies at UC Berkeley, the Corning Museum of Glass, UrbanGlass, the Museum of Arts and Design, and Dieu Donné Papermill.

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Jason Montalvo

Jason Montalvo, MPS, LCAT, ATR-BC is a Brooklyn-based Art Therapist with over 15 years of experience in working with youth of diverse backgrounds and is currently working with at-risk foster children, adolescents, and their families throughout the New York City area currently with the agency Mercyfirst.

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Gabe Cohen

Gabriel Cohen is one half of Fredericks & Mae - a company that started 12 years ago making handmade arrows, tassels and kites.

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Hilary Wang

Hilary Wang is a maker turned archivist. She holds a MSLIS from the Pratt Institute School of Information and was the Guggenheim Museum Born-Digital Archives Fellow and a former Graduate Fellow at Barnard College Archives and Special Collections.

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Shuhei Fujii

Shuhei Fujii is a Japanese glassblower who works out of UrbanGlass. In a loud, bustling Brooklyn, Shuhei tries to imbue each glass vessel with the subtlety and simplicity, and the beauty and quietness, of Japanese craft-making. 

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KEEP

Susan Spiranovich and Adam Holtzinger are the founders of KEEP, a Brooklyn-based lighting company. The two met at the Cleveland Institute of Art where Susan graduated with a BFA in Graphic Design and Adam with a BFA in Glass.

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Phil Garip

Phil Garip is a neon artist and fabricator based in Brooklyn. He is a Sagittarius, a cat parent, and his love language is improv.

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Simone Kearney

Simone Kearney is a writer and an artist living in New York City. She is author of Days (Belladonna Press, 2020, forthcoming), My Ida (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2017), and In Threes (Minute BOOKS, limited edition artist chapbook, 2013).

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Rowan Renee

Rowan Renee is a Brooklyn-based artist who explores how queer identity is mediated by the law. In their research-led practice, they collect imagery, text and documents that address the intergenerational impact of gender-based violence and incarceration from State records and family archives. 

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Evan Voelbel

Evan Voelbel received his BFA in 3D/Glass from Massachusetts College of Art in 2010. Following his undergraduate education, Evan worked as a teaching assistant at Massart, as a studio assistant for glass artists local to Massachusetts and also as a gaffer and teacher at a number of glass studios in the Boston area. 

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Nate Cotterman

Nate Cotterman is known for his modern interpretation of glass objects, using traditional Venetian glass blowing techniques. 

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Ross A. Delano

Ross has been working with glass since 2005 after being introduced to the material at Franklin Pierce University while getting his B.S. in Business Administration. 

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Kacie Lees

Kacie Lees is an interdisciplinary artist and professor based in Brooklyn, New York. Lees’ vivid works examine affective qualities of light and tertiary spaces.

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Silvia Levenson

Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Silvia Levenson immigrated to Italy in 1981, during the "disappearances" of the Dirty War. In 2004, Levenson received the Rakow Commission Award from the Corning Museum of Glass in New York, and in 2008 she was shortlisted for the Bombay Sapphire Prize. In 2016 she received the Venice Glass Award.

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Sally Prasch

Sally Prasch started working in glass in 1970 with Lloyd Moore. Received BFA in Ceramics and Glass, also degrees in Applied Science and Scientific Glass Technology. 

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Gayle Forman

An avid fan of frozen treats, Gayle Forman gravitates toward things that melt, spill, and generally make a mess.

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David Licata

David Licata is an artist from White Plains, New York. He is a graduate of Cranbrook academy of art with a MFA in metalsmithing and a BFA in Sculpture and Art education from SUNY New Paltz. 

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Deborah Czeresko

Heavily influenced by an extensive background in hot glass fabrication, Czeresko's work is preoccupied by the cultural significance and the hierarchical systems of value that exist within the objects and beings that surround us. 

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Jeffrey Close

Jeffrey Close is a maker, designer, and artist based in Brooklyn, NY whose work explores an inclination towards fine art, architecture, and functionality within the context of 21st century design. 

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Jessi Moore

Moore is an artist and educator currently based in Brooklyn, New York.  Making and teaching has led her all over the country, including: Seattle, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania

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Blaine Davis

Blaine is a (commercial) photographer in New York, most interested in people and design. Blaine studied Photography & Imaging at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and he has been commissioned by T Magazine, Vogue, and Nike.

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Grace Whiteside

Grace Whiteside is a NYC based artist, glassmaker and founder of an interdisciplinary collaborative design line called Sticky Glass. They received two BFA’s from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2017 in Sculpture and Craft and since then has exhibited work at venues such, as Black Iris gallery (Richmond, VA), Recess (Brooklyn, NY), Westbeth Gallery (NYC), Present Company (Brooklyn, NY), Established Gallery (Brooklyn, NY) and UrbanGlass’s Agnes Varis Art Center (Brooklyn, NY). 

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David King

David King earned an MFA from Tyler School of Art and Architecture in 2011. King has twice been a fellow at WheatonArts, as well as an emerging artist in residence at the Pilchuck Glass School. 

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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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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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