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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
"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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.