Glass Craft & Bead Expo loves all of their instructors past and present that participate and support this show. The complete Instructor List for GCBE 2020 is listed below. There you can learn more about each of our carefully curated group of instructors to make the 2020 Glass Craft & Bead Expo the best year yet! Feel free to share on social media the instructors you are most excited for and looking forward to taking a class from at GCBE 2020 #GCBE2020. If you have any questions or are interested in becoming an instructor, please don't hesitate to give us a call at 1-800-217-4527 for more details.
Joseph 2bears has been cutting glass since 1981. His roots are in traditional stained glass but he is also regarded as an advanced professional fuser. He has earned many awards exhibiting both stained glass windows and strange fused pieces. He has taught workshops in both stained glass and fusing techniques at several studios across the country, the former Art Glass Show, the American Glass Guild Conference, and at the Glass Craft & Bead Expo since 2000. Joseph 2bears is now semi-retired and his studio is more of a teaching studio these days. The Bear Cave is no longer taking commissioned work, but it is home to exciting, strange, and experimental work; it is now a glass playground for big kids. Joseph 2bears has no Native American heritage. Two Cherokee brothers who worked with him one summer in a mining camp bestowed the name. He has since honored the name by adopting it as his artist's name, and the name of his business, Joseph 2bears Art Glass Studio.
Joy Abedikichi is a Regional Sales Representative for Bullseye Glass Co. Prior to moving to Portland in 2018, she co-owned a sports claymation business in New Orleans, Louisiana. An active kilnformed glass artist with extensive industry experience, Joy spent over five years at Pearl River Glass Studio in Jackson, Mississippi, providing fabrication and product management for kilnformed architectural panels. She has a BAA in Fine Art from Belhaven University. See Joy's work on Instagram @joykichiart.
Doug Baldwin is a commercial product photographer. After receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, he opened a commercial photography company. Since then he has created photography, designed websites, and produced videos for a wide range of clients from individual glass artists to Fortune 500 corporations. Doug has taken up flameworking after classes with Bandhu Dunham, Andy Pollack, Dolly Ahles, Laurie Nessel, and Kim Osibin. His love for all things glass has widened to include glass fusing, slumping, sand carving, casting, neon and plasma sculptures. Doug's teaching experience includes photography classes at the Art Center College of Design, the Art Institute of Phoenix, sold out Photography and Photoshop classes at the Bead & Button Show, ISGB Gathering, the Sonoran Glass School, the Tucson Bead Show, and at the Mesa Arts Center in Arizona.
Katie Baum began focusing on metal clay full-time in 2007. With degrees in Biology, Psychology, and Education, she tries to balance creative expression with logical instructions, enabling students of all backgrounds to comfortably experiment with and learn about metal clay techniques. Currently working with Art Clay World, USA, Katie is the Marketing Director, Distributorship Account Manager, Curriculum Coordinator, Master Instructor, and was also the Director of the international Art Clay Society from 2007-2013 when the group was ended. Katie has been teaching across the U.S. and internationally at venues including bead shops, home studios, galleries, national conferences, accredited schools/institutions, and international conferences. While metal clay is her most frequent medium of choice, Katie loves to work with mixed media, most frequently including mixed metals, glass, and ceramics.
I have been involved with stained glass mosaics for 20 years. I have taught mosaics through the continuing education department here in Arlington, TX for over 5 years. Its a great hobby and fun to see others get hooked on their own creativity!
Mark Bolick has been involved in coldworking glass since 1994 from working with paperweights to laminating and designing sculptural glass pieces with dichroic inclusions. For the past 15 years Mark has been CEO of His Glassworks, Inc., the largest supplier of coldworking tools in the art glass industry. His decades of glass coldworking experience give him a fantastic insight into various forms and techniques of grinding and polishing glass.
Nadine started working in glass when she moved from her home town of Pittsburgh, PA to Hobart, IN back in 1991. She took a class in stained glass and has been hooked ever since. Now living in Glendale, AZ, she continues her self-taught glass artistry, at her home studio, Hidden Glass Studio. In 2012, she was looking for a challenge within fused glass and after a trip to Yellowstone, she began to learn and explore the makings of nature scenes. The inspirations were endless! After investing countless hours exploring, experimenting, testing, color correcting and creating various techniques, Naturescapes evolved. Each time Nadine creates a nature panel, she includes more advanced details within her fused glass panels. Nadine's technique uses one base sheet and adds various forms of glass, torching, coldworking and several kiln sessions, that brings depth and texture to invite the viewer to take a walk into nature. She has shown her glass work at the AZ State Fair, Glass Craft Expo's own Gallery of Excellence and in the Fine Art Festivals within Arizona and California and in two select galleries in New York. Nadine's techniques used in the Naturescapes have won multiple awards and numerous commissions for her. She has been invited to teach at Milkweed Arts Studio, Hollander Fusing Center – Houston and also holds private classes at her studio. She has developed a loyal following of students, who have taken her classes more than once! Her classes are timed for the students to enjoy a stress-free atmosphere, to have fun, learn various techniques to use within their nature panels and to leave with a complete finished project. All processes in the Naturescapes are easily transferrable to any size and any COE. Looking back, Nadine is thankful for her years working in glass. Glass has motivated her to be creative and has kept her attention with numerous and limitless possibilities to explore shape, texture and color… it's never boring.
Tatyana Boyarinova is a Russian lampworker who has worked with glass for over 7 years. She lives in Moscow where she works and teaches. She graduated Moscow State University of Print as a graphic designer (book illustration). She's interested to sculpt with any material. But glass fits totally perfect. She tries to get nature forms, making glass pieces look life like. She takes her inspiration from nature and people.
Dennis started in the glass business in 1982 with the creation of DeBrady Glassworks producing a variety of stained glass items. Since then he has expanded his personal work to include kilnforming, torchworking, glass casting, and sandblasting. In 2000 he created Victorian Art Glass as a co-operative to help glass artisans get better prices on their tools and supplies. That expanded to the creation of Master Artisan Products manufacturing a variety of tools and equipment for glass artisans. He is the founder and principle author of Glass Campus providing almost 200 text and video tutorials on all aspects of glass art. Dennis has taught extensively in various glass art techniques as well as the business of how to make a living selling glass art.
Jason has been working with glass since he was twelve - when his weekly allowance depended on him helping in the family glass business, DeBrady Glassworks. From sweeping floors, he has moved on to creating his own glass art for which he has received numerous awards. As well numerous client commissioned works, Jason has developed many unique and original pieces of his own design. Jason was the only Canadian to enter the Battlefield Glass competition conducted by Warner-Crivellaro glass and through a six level tournament of some of America's finest glass artists, Jason emerged the ultimate winner. He continues his interest in creating innovative glass art and has expanded his skills to incorporate torchworked, fused/slumped, and sandblasted glass along with traditional leaded glass.
André Buenacosa is a Regional Sales Representative for Bullseye Glass Co. He grew up in Odessa, Texas, and lived in Manchester, UK, for six years while earning a bachelor's degree in Social Science from the University of Manchester. Besides being a knowledgeable resource for all things Bullseye, André has extensive experience studying kiln-glass working techniques in the Klaus Moje Center for Research and Education. Unsurprisingly, he is an award winning participant in Bullseye's annual employee exhibition, Working Glass. See André's work on Instagram @ahgoodthing.
Barbara Cashman resides in Greensboro NC and has been a glass fuser for 40 years. She is internationally recognized as a forerunner in the tile industry providing quality hand-made glass tile since 1990. She and her installations have been featured in many Trade & Home Decorating Magazines & HGTV, and was winner of several design awards, including the Crystal Achievement Award from Glass Magazine. As a teacher, she as known as a “Maverick Fuser” and freely imparts her many years of knowledge & experience with her students.
Stephanie Chavez is a certified metal clay artist and instructor. She is a diverse artist, proficient in many jewelry mediums; although her love, passion and expertise remain in metal clay. Certified through Rio Grande, she has been working with metal clay for over 10 years. With national and international recognition through her online courses in metal clay she has been considered an expert in her field. From beginners to advanced; she believes we each have the capacity to be inspired artist. Many people just need a safe and fun environment to explore their own creative limits. That is what she provides and shares, bringing joy to all those who attend her workshops. You can find Stephanie on her website at www.stephaniechavez.com
Margot has been in the art field in some capacity for the past forty years. She is a published author in both the glass and painting industries and has written five books on painting techniques and been included in many more including books from the Decorative Arts Collection Museum. She has lived outside the United States in Bermuda and Italy, taught art in those countries and in the US, Canada and Europe and continue to teach at both glass and painting conventions. Over the years Margot has written articles on fired glass painting for Glass Patterns Quarterly using Unique Glass Colors and in 2009, along with her two partners Harold Clark and Saulius Jankauskas, purchased the company and moved it from Logansport, LA to Casselberry, FL. Designing, painting and glass are her passions so now she can indulge in all of them since it is now her “job.”
Cathy's artforms are a study in engineering as well as non-traditional design and fabrication. All classes reflect self developed techniques that allow students to create individualized unique work. She very much enjoys watching students create gallery quality work in a day! Cathy's artwork is displayed in galleries and private collections across the country as well as abroad. She is the author of HIDDEN IMAGES IN GLASS, a video describing her unique copper foil overlay soldering techniques STICKS AND STONES, which details open sided construction and SOLDERFIELDS, exploring stacked head glass. Cathy is Contributing Editor for PROFITABLE GLASS MAGAZINE, GLASS PATTERNS QUARTERLY and GLASS ART MAGAZINE.
Working out of her studio in Austin Texas, Holly has been a professional artist her entire working career. With a background in painting, art history, textiles, ceramics and finally glass, her work melds all of these disparate disciplines into her complex decorative work. She draws inspiration from a variety of cultural and historical traditions and incorporates them into her work. Although the focus of Holly's classes is on teaching complex stringer work and integrating elements of surface design, her underlying goal as a teacher is to help open up creative processes, revealing strategies for the students to discover new and vital artistic directions in their individual work. Holly has been making glass beads since 2002 and has taught lampworking throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia since 2008.
Robyn Cornelius has a degree in Fine Arts from the Alberta College of Art and Design – majoring in Jewelry and Metals. She has her own custom design studio in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, called Little Rock Jewelry Studio making art jewellery and fine jewellery. She has worked as a silversmith/goldsmith for over sixteen years. She teaches classes all over Canada and the United States. Her work is a collection of jewellery that is sculptural and colourful, with clever mechanics and rustic finishes.
Debbie has been involved with glass for 30 years, 20 of them owning and operating a custom stained, etched and fused glass studio in Las Vegas, NV. She moved to the beautiful Oregon coast to continue her quest for HOT glass. Debbie has won numerous awards and has been included in many art books, magazines and publications for her glass art. She has been teaching art over 30 years, including lampwork, fused, etched and blown glass, stoneware and raku clay, weaving canes and fibers, watercolors and pen and ink drawing. Her glass fish and blown seashells are collected world wide. She teaches private classes in all phases of art glass year round in her studio.
Born in Dayton, Ohio, in 1959, Bandhu Dunham began to teach himself lampwork/flamework technique in 1975, while still in high school. Now an internationally respected glass artist, author and teacher, his work is in the permanent collections of numerous museums in the US and abroad, including the Corning Museum of Glass, The Museum of Arts and Design, Museum für Glaskunst (Germany), Niijima Glass Art Center (Japan), and Osaka University of Arts. Bandhu's Contemporary Lampworking books are the authoritative, standard instructional texts in his field. He regularly teaches workshops at craft schools and private studios around the United States and internationally. In 2010 he was Visiting Foreign Instructor at Osaka University of Arts in Osaka, Japan. In 2012, Bandhu was a presenter and Masterclass leader at the International Festival of Glass in Stourbridge, England. In 2013 he was a presenter and teacher at the international Ausglass Conference in Australia, and First Place winner in the CHAMPS Glass Games in Las Vegas.
John Ferrando is a husband and father of 5. In what spare time he has from his first love,(his family) he is an artist/instructor/studio owner working in kiln-formed glass. As a glass artist who has been fusing and working with the medium for 10 years +, John has spent countless hours exploring, experimenting, testing, and pushing the medium of glass to its limits. To see how far he can go in creating something unique and pleasing for the art enthusiast. His body of work would be best defined as creating a constantly evolving range of decorative glass design. "My art is a vehicle to connect with people. Through it, I want to trigger something inside of you, an emotion, a memory, in hopes to start a dialogue with you. I enjoy the competition of entering my glass art into juried exhibitions and gallery shows. I find it gratifying watching others enjoy, appreciate and experience my work.", says Ferrando. Johns current range is focused on sheets of glass and stringer strips made of glass, to produce both decorative and functional work, which has undulating decorative motif art effects. Based off of a 17th century textile technique. Previous positions and experience, " I recently held a County position for a non profit Art Studio, serving and collaborating with artists with various developmental disabilities. As an instructor and teacher in the studio, I taught multiple artists with developmental disabilities the art of creating with and working in fused glass. It brought me pleasure to spend years investing my time, talent and experience into those artists, empowering them to become the successful artists they are today." In addition to working, managing and teaching classes and workshops at his own studio, "Haute Fusion Glass Studio" in downtown Middletown,OH., John also holds the position as Fused Glass Instructor, at the Middletown Community Art Center. Teaching classes and workshops, sharing his love and passion for fused glass to the people in his community.
SUELLEN FOWLER has blown and sculpted glass for over forty-eight years. She is the foremost practitioner of a method of flameworking characterized by working off the end of a glass blow-pipe. Building layers of clear and colored glass, her finished vessels are rich in color and intricate design. At the age of 14, in 1969, she attended the Glass Workshop at Pepperdine College in Los Angeles. She began learning the style of flameworking created by John Burton, adapted from off hand glass techniques. At that time, borosilicate glass had a limited and unsophisticated palette of colors. Suellen and a couple of other students began developing oxide formulae that led to an improved palette of borosilicate color. After the demise of the workshop in 1972, Fowler continued working independently, developing her own extensive range of colors. She has developed a style well known for her exquisite palette of color. The formulas she developed are the basis of some of the commercial colors available today. Widely collected, Suellen Fowler's work is in a number of museums, including the Permanent Collection of the Corning Museum of Glass, where it is currently on display.
Kim is an award winning designer of finished jewelry and findings. She has been designing or making jewelry for most of her life. Her company Kim Fox Jewelry Design provides artisan designed and crafted clasps, cones and connectors. She has been addicted to kumihimo for about 7 years. From her love of kumihimo she has designed clasps, cones and connectors that are perfect for kumihimo designs. She has had her component and kumihimo designs appear in books and magazines. Kim's education includes diplomas from GIA in gemology and design as well as Jewelry Technology from Revere. Kim has been teaching adults skills for over 30 years. Kim loves to see her students feel great about what they create.
Tony Glander has enjoyed teaching classes for the past 20+ years. He owned a glass art retail store in Gaithersburg MD for 11 years and hosted many nationally known glass teachers. For the past 16 years, he has been teaching stained glass, fused glass, etching and his favorite- Screen Printing on glass at his studio in the City of Gaithersburg Arts Barn and doing commission work from his home studio. He has written many articles on glass art and contemporary glass artists and presents on-line webinars through Glass Art magazine. He is presently the president of the American Glass Guild(americanglassguild.org).
Mike is a Florida native, graduated from Florida Southern College, and grew up around the ceramic glass business. His parents owned a distributorship for ceramic products and Jen-Ken Kilns. In 1991 Mike and his brother Randy purchased Jen-Ken Kilns and are involved in every aspect of kiln manufacturing, from R&D though final assembly. Both are artist and teach clay and glass at the their Fired Arts Academy at Factory in Lakeland, FL.
Jim Goldstein has been in the business of beads and rocks in one form or another for over 40 years. His first physical store was in Memphis TN but travels to shows, wholesaling to other stores and to individual designers led to other business -- both wholesale and retail -- in California and points in between. Finally the east coast called and he opened a store in Virginia Beach, there now for over 25 years. His skills at drilling and teaching others have served him well through all the traveling and he has hundreds of satisfied students around the country.
Gullwing grew up in Bisbee, a small copper mining (pre-artists' colony) town in Southeast Arizona, and left there at 18 to go to college in the big city. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, but has studied the art of sculpture and is working toward a degree in fine arts. Gullwing has been a lifecast sculptor since 1995, and has made it his full time vocation since he retired from his engineering profession. He is a charter member of the Association of Lifecasters International, and specializes in creating lifecast art in bronze, cast iron, leather and glass. He resides in Scottsdale, Arizona with his wife (his best friend) of 44 years.
Patty's personal objective is to never stop learning, continue to experiment with glass and explore its possibilities without limiting herself to traditional methods. She was an art student in college working primarily in clay when introduced to glass blowing in 1973. She and her husband built their first glass blowing studio in 1975. She began working with fusing glass in the early 80's. There was not a lot of information available at that time, so she did a lot of experimenting. Patti and her husband have been producing architectural fused/cast glasswork for installations in major hotels, public buildings and private residences for over 12 years. During this time, she has had many opportunities to experiment and advance her creative ambitions with glass on personal projects. Her work is included in numerous private and public collections and has been shown in galleries and exhibitions.
Liz Haas lives in San Diego, Ca and is a teacher, trainer and show coordinator for Rayzist Photomask for the past 15 years. She has in-depth knowledge of photoresist film, sandcarving process and sandcarving equipment. For the past 10 years she has actively taught workshops on the photoresist and the sandcarving process. In 2009, Liz started working with glass artists and incorporating the photoresist process into art glass. Liz travels setting up and coordinates all trade shows in the USA teaching the sandcarving process to new businesses. Several of her photoresist and sandcarving articles has been published in engraving magazines as well as articles showing specific techniques in sandcarving.
Micheal Harbridge got his start in the ceramic market at the age of seven and opened his first studio at the age of 18. He eventually expanded to two studios and a clay manufacturing company. After 15 years of running the company, he sold it all to go back to creating and teaching, his true passion. He's created a lot of exciting techniques combing his knowledge of glass and pottery. He teaches workshops around the country and in his home studio in central Wisconsin where he resides with his wife and two daughters.
Bronwen Heilman is a full-time studio artist, flame-work glass instructor and the Director of the flameworking studio at Sonoran Glass School in Tucson, Arizona. She has taught all across the US as well as abroad. Her work has been exhibited and received awards in numerous juried exhibitions. She is a recipient of the International Glass Bead Society Presidents Award, first place in soft marble competition, and others. Her work is published in The Contemporary Shot Glass Book, 1000 Glass Beads, 500 Beaded Objects, Contemporary Lampworking, Glass Bead Masters, Bronwen Heilman: Vitreous Painting Techniques for Glass Beadmaking among others. Her most recent exhibition was “Lifeforms: The 2nd Rudolf and Leopold Blaschka Glass Biological Model Exhibition” in Corning, New York.
After a career as a scientist Terry Henry answered her hearts call to turn to art full time and since the day after her retirement in November 2011 she hasn't looked back! Terry is a native of California from the community of Los Gatos; she attended college at San Jose State University. She started out as and art student, however her concern for making a living resulted in a career path change to earth science; though all the while nourishing the desire to be and artist. Terry's art embraces science, as she is best known for her electroforming work, which combines real flowers, insects, fossils with inorganic materials and her lampwork floral designs. Terry's extensive teaching experience to K-12 and adult learns in the field of art and science makes her class easy to understand and follow.
An artist whose work embodies bold design and clear focus. She holds a B.A. in Painting and Printmaking from Herron School of Art. Her 25 years in Graphic Design has garnered critical acclaim as a Creative Director and Graphic Designer. Seven years ago she took a beginning fusing glass and fell in love. She opened Fire Fusion Studio and has been showing, selling and teaching glass classes at her studio in San Marcos Ca. and at Rayzist Photomask in Vista Ca. Her studio was featured in Decor and Style magazine and she was featured by San Diego Home and Garden Lifestyles magazine as one of San Diego's top 10 Artists in their "Stars" issue in 2012.
Mary Hong is an award-winning and successful artist and entrepreneur on the Emerald Coast of Florida. Having developed a devoted base of fans and followers, Mary opened her own gallery five years ago and added a new art-making studio two years ago that has piqued the interests of locals and visitors alike. Mary has developed a unique art form that combines paint and glass on canvas that is sold in eight states including seven galleries in Florida. Her work has been featured in Atlanta Bridal, The Local Palette, The Chicago Tribune, Vie Magazine and on the cover of Coastal Lifestyle magazine and was recently highlighted on the Golf Channel's Morning Show with Matt Ginella. Last year, John Richard, a high-end home furniture and accessories company, began producing giclee prints of her work that are now sold to retailers around the world in including Neiman Marcus and Horchow.
I have been working in fused glass since 1996. I had been doing some work in ceramics and realized that the part of ceramics I enjoyed the most was the glazing which is glass. I decided to cut out the ceramic part and just work with the glaze / glass! Author and instructor in hot mosaic and fused glass, I like to work and teach with recycled glass (old windows, doors, bottles) in combination with Unique Glass Colors and other sundry inclusions. My glass art works are in corporate as well as private collections. I am a board certified Plastic Surgeon and a member of the American Physicians Art Association.
Merilou Jenkins is a professional craftsman, teacher and jewelry designer who has been selected as an “Illustrious Artist” as well as being the recipient of numerous awards both at shows and in internet competitions. Her work has been featured in professional catalogs, magazines as well as on the covers of national publications. She has a B.A. in Art, an M.A. in Art History and a Juris Doctorate. She has been a practicing attorney in the state of California as well as a state credentialed secondary art teacher for over 40 years and is involved in teaching others how to create beautiful art as well as continually improving her own craft. Her current emphasis is on working with fused glass specializing in unique and elegant jewelry pieces many of which are encased in 14/20 K gold fill and or sterling silver wire. The constant theme of her work has always been attention to detail, good craftsmanship and dramatic, yet elegant one of a kind pieces. Her work can be found at several higher end shows throughout California, Arizona and Nevada. She has been an exhibiting artist at the Laguna Beach Art-a-Fair for the past 18 years and has taught wire work aboard a Celebrity cruise ship to Alaska. Both novice and skilled wire workers will benefit from techniques learned in one of Merilou's classes.
Roy Kapp graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. He has been a glass artist of over twenty five years and he has been working in fused glass for more than twenty years. Currently, Roy is the Director Of Curriculum for Delphi Glass along with managing the Creativity Center. He teaches as many as ten classes monthly across the various glass disciplines. He is the creator of Royal Art Glass a line of 90COE and 96COE metallic-looking fusible glass, Brush-A-Way Paper for mosaics and author of Mosaic Stepping Stones for Beginners book. His knowledge and expertise have heavily influenced Delphi's curriculum and product assortment.
Amy Katz has been part of the world of seed beads since 1993 as a student, teacher and designer. Her admiration for high-end jewelry pieces is her inspiration. As her commitment to her own designs grew, Amy made the decision to give them a fine jewelry look using seed beads, crystals, pearls and other elegant materials. Using imagination, this vision has come to life as her signature style. Amy is a national teacher with a passion for sharing her love of the work. She is also the co-author of Beading Across America and author of Seed Bead Chic.
Melanie is co-owner of Glasstronomy Studios in Markham, Ontario, Canada. In her role as education director, she has developed a broad and innovative fused and stained glass program of courses and workshops. Melanie has been teaching in the art glass industry for over twelve years and also creates glass art programs for the local high schools and art cooperatives.
Kylee Koenig is a multimedia artist living in Boise, Idaho. She graduated from Boise State University in 2015 earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Printmaking. While earning her degree, Kylee took on an apprenticeship at a local glass studio where she learned the basics of lampworking. In 2010, she established Torched Glassworks LLC to further pursue her new found love for glass artistry. Kylee grew up with an attraction to the arts, but it wasn't until high school that she truly discovered her passion to create. Born and raised in Idaho, she grew up surrounded by mountainous landscapes and natural wilderness which made a lasting impression on her future creative interests. Her primary source of inspiration derives from the life and death of nature in the Northwest. She explores various narratives of ocean and western wildlife with a focus on color and texture.
Josh resides in Wisconsin and works at The Vinery stained glass studio in Madison, Wisconsin. He started in stained glass and blossomed into a love for glass, from fusing to restoration.
Jennifer Kuhns has been creating mosaic for 20 years. Working primarily with stained glass, carefully shaping each piece, she creates custom mosaic for private, corporate and public spaces all over the U.S., including sidewalk inlays, wall murals, window treatments and other architectural elements. Jennifer has honed methods of fabricating commissions in her rural studio that can be easily transported to another location for quick installation. The style and techniques in Jennifer's mosaic range from naturalistic and photorealistic to wildly colorful and stylized, but it is generally characterized by precision cutting of materials and careful placement resulting in smooth lines and strategic use of texture and reflectivity. Jennifer's goal is to create works of art that have function and integrity, and that convey a sense of serenity and optimism in otherwise utilitarian spaces.
On a whim, Marcy Lamberson took an Intro to Beadmaking class at a local art center about 18 years ago and knew she was hooked. Her mind was filled with glass, beads and loads of inspiration. Since that first class, she has had her work go up on two of NASA's Space Shuttles, carried in multiple Iditarod Dog Sled Races and carried to Antarctica. She has been included in a variety of books, magazines, galleries and shows over the years. Marcy has been teaching around the country for about 10 years including three times for the ISGB and the Gathering. She also loves teaches private lessons in her Atlanta, Georgia glass studio. Having fun in class is important to her as well as learning a lot. Most of her classes center on sculptural beads and figurines. Marcy's influences often center around Mother Nature interpretations in a somewhat quirky and whimsical way. She often is trying something new and seeing how far she can stretch what she can do, whether in size, complexity or techniques. She views making new designs like a creative puzzle to solve and the journey is almost as much fun as the result. She can be found on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram. And has been creating glass tutorials for beginners and intermediates on YouTube. StudioMarcy on Etsy.com is her shop name.
Kent Lauer has been working with art glass for more than 42 years. What started as a fascination soon became a career. Kent learned to bevel early on, and was determined to find out everything he could about pushing the limits of beveled glass, and continues to this day to explore different aspects of cold worked art glass. His work has been seen worldwide, important homes, and in historic buildings. Living in Southern California has given Kent many chances to work on glass for movies, commercials,and celebrities. He has been teaching beveling and dichroic glass sculpture both at glass shows and privately for over 30 years.
I have have been making and teaching glass bead making for over 22 years. Recently I became obsessed with making beads that look just like stone. Mixing and blowing glass shards to create the glass "stones" is so much fun. I even found some cool ways to mimic agates with just regular old glass. The possibilities are endless. I then wanted to take those beads and wire wrap them to mimic a bamboo basketry style. I worked for over a month to develop this style of wire wrapping! Learning the new skill of wire wrapping has opened up so many ways of creating unique and beautiful work using glass beads.
After discovering modeling clay in the mid 80's I fell in love with the ability of self expression with this material and founded my company, Klew Expressions in 1988. I have taught around the country and internationally for more than 20 years and find great satisfaction in helping others find their expression thru this medium.
I am a metal smith and metal clay artist, educator, and inventor of LiL BeLLA metal clay humidifier. Most of my workshops are held locally in the greater Phoenix area. My focus is on silver and gold. I offer girlfriend's workshops on location in your home. Also offering private lessons in your home for those who don't have the time or ability to attend traditional classes. This also helps see how to set up in a residence, considering the space and equipment constraints you may have. I travel to teach and have held workshops at the Bead and Button Show, ART Unraveled, Adorn Me!, Sonoma Glass Bead, Bead Fest Santa Fe, Bead Fest Texas, Bead Fest Tacoma, JOGS for Jewelry Tools in Tucson during the gem show as well as teaching for groups and schools as a visiting artist. Through my teaching, I strive to bring the thrill of metal clay jewelry making to those who are inspired to create unique pieces; giving happiness to both the wearer and maker. The jewelry I create, with love, has a special host in mind. Male or female - we are clear about our style; what we love and how we want to feel. We are pleased with our decisions and strong in our convictions. TEACHING ART IS LIKE CRAWLING THROUGH OTHERS' IMAGINATIONS… Donna Lewis
I began my love of glass over 25 years ago. It started with a regular stained glass class by local Flagstaff artist. From that point on I was hooked. I have explored and studied all aspects of glass and its versatility with many great masters of glass. Ranging from standard stained glass, fused glass, and hot glass, to precious metal clay, encaustic, mosaic, and mixed media I have worked to push the limits of what glass can do and how it can be displayed. My work has been in local and SW art exhibits, national publications, and collected across the US. Current works were inspired by the glass concepts of Marcel Duchamp (“The Large Glass”, ca. 1915) and mentor Yorgos Papadopoulos (“Art in the Garden”, 2015) where glass has been intentionally disrespected to produce remarkably complex and beautiful designs.
Margee Luper has been working with glass for over 15 years. She loves to share her knowledge with others and has found that she enjoys teaching others how to enjoy glass. She has done stain glass, leather working, metal clay, ceramics, enameling and other mediums. She loves to find simpler ways to create complex pieces of art. While she has taught both adults and children, it is the children that push her skills forward as they don't know the concept of limitations! She loves when a mistake ends up giving you a new technique and is always willing to share her knowledge.
Joshua Mazet received his BFA in Ceramics from the University of Oregon in 1999. After graduating he was invited into the Fine Arts Department as a resident artist. For three years he held a studio at the U of O, instructing 25 students and community members year round in the art of wood fired ceramics. It was during this time that Joshua was introduced to lamp working. With his degree in ceramics behind him, Josh had a natural understanding and comfort with flame atmospheres, kilns and the chemistry of glass. This compounded with similarities of the materials, allowed for smooth and rapid learning of the new medium.
I started lampwork beadmaking in 2004 – and never looked back since then. Originally I was a crafts teacher in primary school, but after having my own kids I worked for a teachers magazine. Because being a teacher was always my profession I soon started to teach also lampworking, first just for beginners but after developing my silverglass skills I soon was booked for classes allover Europe. In my ebooks on different topics I continued my work to teach people through tutorials – as I did before for the magazine. My work is very technique based – a lot of my designs were a result of what the glass did itself, it's movements and reactions – refined and perfected by repeating it over and over, with just little changements. This way I learned a lot about glass and how to work it – and it still amazes me to this day. I live in Winterthur, Switzerland, with my husband. My two children are grown up now and found their own way in life. So in my little home studio I spend many hours working on beads and all kind of glassy ideas. I teach Silverglass classes in Europe for 10 years now. Between 5 and 10 students usually, Otterbein Glas Germany, Danske Glasperler, Claire Bangma France, Crea Arte Switzerland, Neus Shop Switzerland, Lendwerk Graz Austria.....
Anne started her creative career over 25 years ago as a professional lighting designer. Looking for another outlet for her artistic energies, Anne began teaching chain making and metal working approximately 14 years ago for just pure enjoyment. During those years, Anne found that the creative outlet provided by teaching as well as a consistent demand for her classes was too alluring to deny. Leaving lighting behind in 2003, Anne is now a full-time designer, teacher and author.
Glass took me under its spell early when at the age of nine I sat glued in place watching the traveling lampworkers spin ships and unicorns. Through the years my relationship with glass has come to define a good bit of who I am. I pursued my interest through an apprenticeship in scientific glassblowing and then on into the art glass world teaching and showing my work. My work revolves primarily around the concept of “relationship”. Not this or that relationship, but an intense search for the foundational meaning of relationship. Some forty-seven years later my fascination with this most universal of materials is ongoing. From art to manufacturing color and teaching, glass has been a near life-long companion.
Janice Peacock has been making one-of-a-kind beads and jewelry since 1992. She also creates large-scale sand-cast glass sculptures. Her work has been exhibited internationally, featured in many publications, and is in the permanent collections of the Corning Museum of Glass and the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA. Janice is also the author of the Glass Bead Mystery Series, including High Strung, A Bead in the Hand, and Off the Beadin' Path, which have been Amazon bestsellers. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, two cats, and an undisclosed number of chickens. She has a studio full of beads…lots and lots of beads.
Peggy Pettigrew Stewart's award winning glass art has been featured in museums, exhibitions and galleries worldwide. Her fascination and unique journey in glass began 17 years ago, after battling cancer. She is one of the few glass artists to create glass using the Verre'™ Eglomise technique. She combines multiple processes & materials to create her unique glass art. She is one of just a few U.S. instructors to teach Verre églomisé glass. Ms. Stewart attended Pilchuck Glass School & Barcelona Spain. She worked as a member of Team Chihuly during installation of his Phoenix AZ exhibit. Her glass is bent to release prismatic color, and is evident in all of her glass works, ranging from human face-to-glass expressions to individually themed art by kiln forming, kiln casting, sculpting, mold making, sandblasting/carving, adding color and use of exotic metals. Ms. Stewart gives voice to the human spirit through her glass sculpturing of “Heroes of Woodstock” a collection featuring the faces & art of legendary musicians from the Woodstock festival that defined a generation fifty years ago. She continues her decades-long fascination and experimentation with translucence and transparency, with color and light. She has worked closely with equipment and material manufacturers to create new materials and techniques. She works with professional glass artists as well as first time artists. Her work is truly extraordinary and unique. She has been teaching for over 14 years around the USA and the globe.
Kieu Pham Gray has been creating jewelry for more than 25 years. She started from the need to “look the part” while working in retail management for Neiman Marcus. In making jewelry for herself and friends, Kieu's jewelry line was created. Since then she has sold to over 30 stores in 10 states and participated in numerous juried art shows. Today, Kieu and her husband Andy own and operate TheUrbanBeader.com, where they work to provide the industry with specialty supplies and tools. Most recently she co-founded EverCrafting.com a social media site for serial crafters. Through these businesses and teaching around the world, her passion, knowledge, and dedication for the jewelry industry becomes apparent. In an effort to share her passion and knowledge for the jewelry industry, Kieu teaches a wide range of classes throughout the US and has also authored a how to book (Hot & Cold Jewelry Connections) in 2014. Detailed instruction and personal attention has been the key to success with her students.
Alysa is a third generation glass artist with 30 years of experience, being taught by her grandparents, long-time glass artists who owned their own studio for 12 years. She then owned and operated Creations in Glass with her mother for 10 years. Alysa taught beginning to advanced classes to hundreds of students over the the eight years she was the Director of the Warm Shop at Sonoran Glass School. In 2017, she opened her own studio, Wild Desert Glass, where she offers lessons and classes and continues to create custom projects. She teaches a wide range of classes in fused glass, stained glass, and mosaics, and is constantly experimenting with new techniques and materials. Her creativity and range of knowledge makes her a fantastic instructor for students looking to create any type of glass art. She is constantly helping her students challenge themselves and expand their skills as artists. Alysa's work is found in private collections all over the country and ranges from fused functional pieces and wall art to mosaic furniture and fountains. In addition, numerous commissioned stained glass windows are installed in homes and churches all around Tucson. Alysa has been a regular contributor of project tutorials to Glass Patterns Quarterly magazine since 2011, and is looking forward to her 7th year of teaching at Glass Craft & Bead Expo.
Tamara Phillips-Kingery has been creating stained glass in the traditional Tiffany style for over 10 years. She received her bachelor's degree in Business from The University of New Mexico in 2013. In 2015 she returned to UNM as a master's student studying both business and art. Tamara has always had a deep passion for the arts in all forms and glass in particular. She has been participating in art shows around New Mexico, Colorado, and Nevada showing and selling her work since 2009. She became an award winning, published artist in 2018 for her original snowflake designs, and now looks forward to sharing her creativity and experience with others.
Andrew has been working with glass for over 20 years. He predominately works with borosilicate glass, but started with soft glass and beads. In 1997 he moved to New Orleans for college and started his journey as a student and teacher at the New Orleans School of Glassworks. He then worked with a couple of different non-profit arts organizations before opening his own studio and gallery in 2017.
Joe Porcelli has been a professional glass artist and craftsperson since 1979. He is the former publisher of Glass Craftsman Magazine, a post he held from 1993 through 2011. He is also the producer and publisher of the GCTV line of glass instructional videos, the most comprehensive catalog of instructional videos in the glass industry. His two books The Lamp Making Handbook, Published by The Glass Press, and Stained Glass, Jewels of Light, published by Barnes & Noble have been in publication since 1992 and 1999 respectively. Joe is a veteran glass writer and instructor and is featured in a number of best selling instructional glass DVDs. He is currently a full time glass artist, whose original lamps and bronze bases are sought after by collectors and dealers and have fetched record prices for contemporary leaded glass at various glass and decorative arts auctions.
Lisa Richardson-Bach has been a fused glass artist for 30 years. She has studied multiple forms of glass art including Stained Glass, Sandblasting, Cold working, Lamp working, Glass Blowing and Kiln Formed Glass. It was Kiln Formed Glass that captured her imagination and fueled her creativity. Working with sheet glass, frit, paint, and fiber paper has become Lisa's passion. As a trained engineer, the technical aspects of fusing are exciting. As an artist, the color and tactile sensation of fused glass presents endless possibilities for designs. Lisa's fused, etched and stained glass creations adorn homes in the US, Canada and Europe. Her specialty is using the art form of fusing to create pieces with depth and dimension. Pieces that not only capture the light but draw you into them, make you feel part of the creation. Lisa has taught fused glass throughout the US. She has been creating excitement among students across the country and has developed a loyal following of people who have taken her classes year after year. She has a vast knowledge of glass and the medium's infinite possibilities to share with her students.
Connie Sanchez has been creating and teaching stained glass since 1979. After a career in education, she segued to managing The Glass Warehouse from 1982 to 1990, when she purchased the business, bought a building, and moved both the store and her family's home. The final destination was the upper level of the building on Broadway Boulevard in Englewood, Colorado, just south of Denver. Now, with her husband's help and support, Connie literally lives and works thoroughly immersed in the world of warm and cold glass techniques, not just to create but to teach and share all that she learns.
The unexpected swirls that are revealed in a glazed vessel or the halos from the chemical reaction that occur between touching glass, are all part of the mystery of the firing chamber. The transformation of materials and surfaces, by heat, fascinates me. It is the process of controlled temperature and time in which colors emerge, glass elongates and clay bodies harden. The possibilities are limitless and ever changing with each kiln load, yet not to been seen until it is cool enough to open. For the past 20 years my area of concentration, as an artist, has been creating kiln fired art. Sharing and teaching my process is also a thrill. Throughout the year I can be found facilitating collaborative art projects and teaching at various museums, schools, and arts centers in the Carolinas and nationally. Kakilaki StudioArts in dazzling Greenville, SC., is my studio home which I share with my better half and art partner John O Rourke.
Eva Sherman began beading as a way to spend time with her daughters but soon became hopelessly addicted. In 2005 she traded in her architectural career for the opportunity to spend all her time among beads, and opened Grand River Bead Studio in Cleveland, Ohio. Eva now happily spends most days in the studio creating, writing and teaching, but has been know to take her show on the road. She has discovered an affinity for working with wire and metals, and prefers to design in an organic and unstructured style. Eva has authored two books on jewelry design: "Organic Wire & Metal Jewelry" and "Cool Copper Cuffs".
I bought my first kiln in 2006. It was a Skutt 1414, it was HUGE, I was totally intimidated. After using it as a coffee table for 6 months I finally got the courage to set it up and learn to fuse. I experimented and had more failed attempts then successes, thats when I found the Glass and Bead Expo. I took every class I could for 4 days and came home more confident. That was 10 years ago and although I still love to experiment I now have more successes then failures.
Ann Steenkiste discovered glass in 2007 when she impulsively signed up for a beginning beadmaking class. She quickly fell in love! She also enjoys kiln forming, especially working with various types of pattern bars and vitrigraph murrine. While she had done rudimentary coldworking on her kiln formed pieces, she first coldworked a bead during a class in 2014, and never looked back. Since then, Ann has split her glassmaking time between forming it at the flame or in the kiln and modifying it while running around the cold shop. She enjoys exploring the duality of working glass both when it is hot and when it is cold. Ann's flame-and-cold-and-wire worked pendants were juried into Hands of the Maker for the 2015 ISGB Gathering in Albuquerque. She was a presenter for the 2016 Gathering, talking about the methods and machines used to coldwork glass, and has taught coldworking twice at the Gathering and once at GCBE. Ann served as primary consultant to Covington Engineering as they developed a light, but powerful, lathe designed specifically for artists who work on beads and smaller projects. The lathe debuted at GCBE in 2018. Ann's tutorial on making Geodesic Spheres was published in the 12th Annual Gallery of Women in Glass (Winter 2016). Another tutorial, this time about glass and precious metal clay, appeared in Volume 5, Issue 2 of Glass Bead Evolution. Ann's piece, Trio of Geodesic Spheres, won first place in the Professional Coldworking category in Glass Craft and Bead Expo's 2017 Gallery of Excellence. She had two pieces juried into Pittsburgh Glass Center's show, embodiment, in Fall 2017. Another piece, entitled “Triangles!” was chosen by juror Paul Stankard to appear in GOT GLASS!!!, at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, in late 2017. Ann loves creating with glass in the flame or kiln and then bringing out the best in each piece in the Cold Shop.
Since learning the fused glass technique in 2009, I knew I had found the medium I could express my passion for color and beauty. After much experimentation and learning, I decided the fused glass looks so beautiful when it's lit up. For the past 7 years, I've focused on lighting. We do custom glass lighting for bathroom fixtures, pendant lighting, sconces, floor and table lamps and an assortment of accent lamps. My customer's usually tell me, “we don't want the generic shades that everyone else has.” So together, with many techniques and styles and sizes, we create custom, one of a kind shades, just for them.
Janine Stillman began exploring stained glass over 30 years ago as a creative diversion from the rigors of a Master's Degree program. While raising her family, she explored fiber art and was particularly enamored with the process of fabric marbleizing and the beautiful designs that can be created with the fluid motion of color. Translating these patterns into glass has been her journey and she has earned recognition throughout the glass community by developing designs that take this art form to new levels. Janine owns Designs by Ja9 Glass Studio where she creates gallery quality art pieces and shares her love of glass with students and friends. As a certified No Days Instructor, Janine has developed strategies and techniques to maximize the success and effectiveness of this new and exciting medium.
Since 1988, it has been my goal to create beautiful works of art that impact and inspire. My work has evolved over these many years and the different mediums I have mastered have lent themselves to being able to create interior and exterior art for personal, public and commercial use. I started my artistic endeavors with Gyotaku, then proceeded to learn and create with Encaustic, Metal Design, and then the fascinating art of Cast and Fused Glass. For the last twenty years, I've been working primarily with float glass. The world of float glass is exciting but has been wildly unknown on how to use it successfully. I continually push the envelope and come up with new and innovative ideas. There are so many reactions, layering and striking combinations the possibilities are endless. These techniques have given me the opportunity to create original works for communities both locally and globally. I have a motto with my customers; if we can think it, we can make it. I am inspired daily by the nature of our world around us, the splendor of our oceans, wildlife, and ancient history. These ideas meld into much of my work in an elegance that is suggestive and organic. It is my greatest joy to create relative, meaningful and inspiring works of art.
My goal is to always be exploring, to forge a creative path, together! I strive to create an environment where my students can develop their true potential, where everyone, regardless of their experience level, feels like they belong! For the last 16 years, I've been an artist who loves to teach! I love the teaching process and my students are my passion! At first, I thought that it was the love of my subject matter that excited me, but I've discovered that it's really working along-side students that I love. I'm overjoyed when a student feels a sense of accomplishment; when they connect to the information I've presented; when they choose to go beyond their perceived limits. Blah, Blah, Blah... I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and a Masters in Art Education, but most importantly, I'm walking the walk, just like my students. I am a full-time artist-educator who teaches workshops in kiln-formed and cast glass and metal clay-"smithing" at my studio in the Texas Hill Country, as well as at various venues around the country. My art is showcased in multiple galleries throughout the Texas Hill Country, and my architectural commissions can be seen in residences and places of worship all over the United States. I am privileged to serve as the Director of Educational Content for KilnFrog.com, an online resource for kiln education, equipment, and supplies, serving the glass, clay, knife-making, and heat treating communities.
Carrie Strope is a native of Lincoln, Nebraska. She spent 10 years in Napa, California where she learned the art of glass while working in two different glass studios (both hot and cold) before returning home and starting a fused glass program at a local nonprofit arts education center and consulting for and teaching at Lincoln's premier fused glass and glass class studio. When Carrie's not firing it up in the glass studio, she's learning everything she can about techniques and trends in glass. As enthusiastic about sharing her knowledge as she is about expanding her own talents, Carrie travels internationally to demonstrate and teach various glass techniques, specializing in mosaic and fused or kiln-formed glass. She enjoys merging techniques and sharing her love of glass with both children and adults. Carrie is on the Nebraska Arts Council roster of teaching artists with a goal of promoting glass art in k-12 education.
Phil has worked in glass since 1972. He is a well-known artist who owns and operates a glass studio, and designs and builds kilns for Glass Glow Kilns. He's a popular instructor at major glass shops, teaching centers, and conferences around the country. He's been commissioned for major national works utilizing sand blasting and fusing techniques.
Steve started his fascination with glass over 40 years ago and since then, has explored it in its many forms. Along with his wife Marilyn, they founded and currently operate The Glass House, a full service retail and teaching center in Central Illinois. Following his love for beveled glass, Steve started his company, MMS Bevels. Steve also enjoying spending time exploring and teaching different aspects of fusing. With his energetic style, for the past 32 years, he has shared his knowledge and ideas with thousands of students.
Marilyn has enjoyed a career in the colorful world of art glass for over 35 years. She, along with her husband Steve, founded The Glass House in 1985. They have explored many aspects of stained glass, fused glass and bottle art, developing new ideas and techniques to share with their students. She enjoys putting a new spin on old ideas making classes fun for her students.
Vogelpohl, born in Prague, Czech Republic, fled to America in 1987. He grew up in Boise Idaho, taking art classes in Jr. High and High School. After graduating High School, Vogelpohl visited Eugene Oregon, where his instant attraction to glassblowing sparked. In 1997 Vogelpohl began flameworking in his garage. The first two years involved much torch time and guidance from Robert Mickelson, Kevin O'Grady and Casare Toffolo. A portion of Filip's work revolves around spheres; exquisitely large ones. Vogelpohl is known for his unique vortex marbles. He was the first to create a five inch borosilicate vortex marble. Sculptural and functional glass also plays a big role in Vogelpohl's lampworking career. Vogelpohl's art is displayed in many boutiques and galleries throughout the United States, Japan and in his own gallery in Boise ID, Boise Art Glass.
Lisa Vogt is an award winning artist. She became interested in glass while pursuing an education in fine art. For Lisa, working in glass allows her to draw upon her fine arts background and own sense of style, drama and whimsy. She combines a historic medium with innovative glass techniques, for limitless design possibilities. Lisa is the author of fourteen design books and a series of instructional videos. She frequently writes articles for industry magazines and fiction for publication. In addition to her writing, she lectures at national and regional seminars. Her work has been on exhibit in major cities throughout the country. She has been a featured artist on HGTV and PBS. A huge supporter of public art, Lisa regularly contributes artwork for auction to benefit local, regional and national charities. For more than 30 years, Lisa has been expanding her body of work in glass art. Her home and studio are located north of Tampa Bay in Wesley Chapel, Florida, where she resides with her family.
Jennifer is a glass fusing artist and instructor who works out of her home studio in Tucson, Arizona. She first walked into a glass shop in 1993 and started making mosaic projects with a few basic tools and glass from the scrap bin. While building a successful business as a faux painting contractor she continued taking classes in stained and fused glass. This was a great way for her to relax and keep her creative mind engaged. In 2011, she retired her paint brushes and has focused solely on fused glass. For the past twelve years, Jennifer has had the opportunity to learn from and assist numerous glass artists who mentored her and helped shape her into the artist she is today. Jennifer's designs are strongly influenced by geometry, requiring precision with measurements and cuts. Professional training as a color consultant has equipped her to bring competent color balance to her glass projects as well as her students' projects. Jennifer is passionate about art and considers herself fortunate to travel North America sharing her knowledge of glass.
Francesca Watson is a Texas transplant who originally hails from upstate New York. After stops along the way in Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia, California, Hawaii, and the Philippines, she and her husband Nick, a painter, finally settled for good in the Hill Country outside San Antonio. In 2006, after years working in administrative jobs, she took a bead stringing class with some girlfriends - and the rest, as they say, is history. Today, Francesca and Nick operate The Makery, a working and teaching studio in the Old Village in Downtown Bulverde, Texas. Francesca is a passionate and curious metalsmith whose work tends to be one-of-a-kind pieces or pieces that are part of limited series that grow out of her technical explorations. Currently, she is particularly drawn to non-traditional enamels, stone-setting, highly textured metals, and keum boo, which is the ancient art of layering 24k gold over other metals. In addition to creating and teaching at The Makery, Francesca teaches nationally at local studios and major venues across the United States including BeadFest Philadelphia, BeadFest Santa Fe, the Bead and Button Show in Milwaukee, the Tucson Gem Shows, and the Glass Craft and Bead Expo in Las Vegas. She also hosts an annual metals retreat that features top instructors, over-the-top food and special events, and killer projects designed to stretch student skill sets. The Watsons live on just over an acre of Texas dirt with a flock of chickens, two dogs, and a variety of wildlife that insists on eating everything. They have one grown daughter who lives and works in nearby San Antonio.
Nancy Weisser is a multimedia artist with a focus on glass since 1980. She has created many artworks for exhibitions and private collections. Her artworks have appeared in numerous magazines and publications including the Corning Museum of Glass New Glass Review. Nancy is known not only as a skilled and distinguished artist but also as an outstanding educator and entrepreneur. She owns and operates a successful glass business that includes a gallery, a teaching studio, supply house, and artist studio and she has been in the glass business for nearly 40 years. Her expertise covers so many methods of working with glass including stained glass, fusing, casting, painting, firing theory, sculpture and installation. Along with her long list of classes and workshops she teaches, Nancy continues to create and exhibit cutting edge artworks. Nancy has also recently released online video classes through AAE and is in the process of publishing two e-books on firing and slumping glass.
Wesley Wong is an award-winning artist who designs and produces custom glass art from his studio in San Jose, California. His passion for glass started in 1981 with stained glass, which eventually lead him into mosaics and fused glass. His work features lots of bright colors and intricate patterns and has been exhibited in many juried glass and mosaic shows throughout the United States. Wesley enjoys sharing his glass knowledge with other artists and teaches glass workshops throughout the country and in Australia. He is a member of the Society of American Mosaic Artists (SAMA), and has written many articles for Glass Patterns Quarterly.
When I began flameworking in 2001, I was working as a lab scientist, preparing for graduate work in Entomology. I loved the technical challenge of working with a molten medium. At the time, flameworking appealed to my scientific side and provided an outlet from my exacting lab work. Flameworked glass provides limitless possibilities for shape, texture, and color. It nourishes me creatively and keeps me intellectually challenged. Ultimately, it's that balance that pushed me to pursue glass beadmaking full-time after I completed my Master's degree in Entomology in 2004. For many years, I resisted making insect-themed work in glass. My beadmaking, after all, was a creative outlet to help balance my "formal" education in Entomology. Eventually, the two interests fell together. After all, I love insects for many of the same reasons I love flamework: vibrant color, intricate detail, and breathtaking diversity. As I grew cozier with my adventure in glass beadmaking, more and more insects started showing up in my work. It started with beetles, then grew to include butterflies, grasshoppers, katydids, caterpillars, chrysalises, and moths My work has been featured in the Flow, Bead & Button, Step By Step Beads, Bead Unique, and in galleries in the U.S., Canada, and Japan. I teach group classes in studios nationwide and abroad, and private classes in my studio in Tucson, Arizona. A strong advocate of arts in the community, I volunteer on the Board of Directors of two Tucson non-profits: Sonoran Glass School and Beads of Courage. I am motivated, inspired, and deeply grateful to be part of such a committed community of fellow artists and volunteers.
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