Glass Craft & Bead Expo loves ❤️ all of our instructors past and present that participate and support this show. The Instructor List for GCBE 2024 is listed below. You can learn a little bit about each of our instructors as well as see all the classes they are teaching this year. This is definitely going to be the best GCBE 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 2024 .If you have any questions, concerns, or are interested in becoming an instructor for next year, please don't hesitate to give us a call at 1-800-217-4527 and we will be happy to help. We can't wait to see you all soon GCBE Fam 😁!
Steve Baer has studied art, design painting, ceramics and mosaics for over 40 years, In his early years, he studied and was involved in antique restoration, craftsman design, .and photoghraphy. Over the years he has additionally studied environmental design, theamed design, lighting and tile design in the craftsman style. In the course of his study and early restorations, he became involved in various mosaic restoration projects. Through these various restorations, there was a need to recreate and re-invent various materials and techniques. In 1998, Steve formed Mosaic Tile Supply, a specilized studio and mosaic supplier. He produced various unique materials as well as taught mosaic classes. He has taught over 3500 students, including several church groups pruducing Byzantine mosaic murals for their churches. After a slow down in the mosaic business, He began working for a Disney contractor in Southern California. Since 2007, he has worked extensively with various Disney groups, including WDI the Imagineers, creating theamed installations, propping and design consultation. During this time the creation process has continued , flourished and he has utilized many of the various techniques, he has either learned or developed over the years. This year Steve has decided to come back to helping students explore their creative sides. He has joined the wonderful roster of talented instructors at the Glass craft and bead expo to share some of his techniques and experieces. You can contact him with any questions regarding the class or materials at email@example.com, or find him at Mosaic Tile Supply on facebook.
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.
Hi! My name is Ashley Bell and I am a 26 year old stained glass artist. I first learned the art of stained glass in a beginner course in high school and everything I’ve learned since has been all self taught! I love pushing the boundaries of this medium by always trying new things and incorporating new elements. All things funky and weird are my favorite and bringing that into my work is always step one.
Elyse Marie is a contemporary stained glass artist whose work incorporates classic leaded and Tiffany-style glass techniques with modern design concepts to bring light, color, and texture into a space. She incorporates floral preservation into her stained glasswork to further capture the beauty of nature, as well as experiments in the world of fused glass. Elyse has developed curriculums and taught a variety of glass courses for all skill levels and age ranges. Courses range from one-day workshops, multi-week intensives, corporate team building events, and lecture-based educational seminars. She grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Stephens College. Elyse is a member of the Stained Glass Association of America and teaches most of her courses at Pasadena Stained Glass Supplies. Elyse currently lives in Pasadena, CA with her husband and their sweet foster pets.
I first discovered my love for glass by accident when I found a job through a staffing agency at Warner-Crivellaro Stained Glass in Bethlehem, PA. Prior to that, I attended Penn State University and received a degree in psychology in August 2002. After I graduated, I was left with the question, “what exactly do I want to do for the rest of my life?” I had a few odd jobs here and there that took me to Myrtle Beach, SC, Baltimore, MD, and Negril, Jamaica. When I started working with glass in January 2004, it helped me realize how amazing and diverse the medium is. Working at Warner, I took advantage of the resources provided and experimented with stained glass, mosaics, fused glass, and beadmaking. I took several courses across the country from well-known artists and absorbed as much as I could about the medium. I started teaching classes at Warner in December 2004, less than one year after I picked up my first glass cutter! I continued my instruction there, expanding my classes to Northampton Community College, the Glass Craft and Bead Expo in Las Vegas, and Stained Glass Stuff in Ottawa, Canada. I continue to teach classes in my glass studio in Northampton, PA. I became a full time glass artist in January 2007 and have not looked back since! I have my glasswares in several gift shops and galleries throughout Eastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley. I create custom work in almost every glass avenue so feel free to search my site and contact me if you have any requests, questions, or suggestions. Enjoy!
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, Nevada, Colorado 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!
Marti Brown Marti was always interested in the arts. Some of her fondest memories included art camp, painting in her basement, art classes in summer school, and involvement in choral music as a child. Marti became a professional artist and craftsman after completing her BFA in jewelry making. She has been designing jewelry for over 40 years. As much as she loves creating jewelry, she also greatly enjoys teaching. Marti has taught nationally and internationally. Marti works in a variety of traditional and contemporary jewelry metals and processes. Currently she works in niobium, a colorful metal, embellished frequently with beads. A trip to Tucson for the gem shows reintroduced her to the joys of playing with beads. Marti is constantly looking for new sources of inspiration and has added beadweaving, Viking knit, polymer clay, felting and chainmaille to her techniques. You can find Marti at bead shows as The Dragon’s Odyssey. She is a founding member of the Delaware Valley Bead Society encompassing Hunterdon County in New Jersey and Bucks County in Pennsylvania.
Deke Cameron is a self-taught South Korean-born stained glass artist from Central Texas. Deke worked in IT as a Support Engineer or Systems Administrator for 20 years until the call to “make art” grew too strong. In a fit of rage he quit his cubicle career and started a webstore where he offers custom stained glass creations, pattern drawing services, video instruction on how to create your own patterns, as well as individual and group instruction in copper foil and leaded stained glass. You can see more of Deke’s work on his Instagram page @the_glassclown and at his website http://www.theglassclown.com. Also, he fuses glass from time to time.
I started my venture into the Art World in the 80's learning to airbrush in Reseda, CA then later apprenticing at Sign Design Shop in Ocean City, NJ. In 1991 I started my own business Airbrush & Stuff creating mixed media, signage including airbrushing, hand lettering, and screen printed apparel. My fascination with glass journey began in 2010. I bought myself a torch, some glass, and taught myself bead making by watching videos. In 2011 I attended a class at the Carlisle School of Glass Art in Millville, NJ. Shortly thereafter I started working for Carlisle Machine Works. As an employee of Carlisle Machine I was afforded the opportunity to take glass classes at the Carlisle School of Glass Art. I was able to assist many world renown glass artists visiting Carlisle to teach. I have been a Carlisle School of Glass Art resident Glass Artist & Instructor for 8 years.
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 emerges as a distinguished certified metal clay artist and a revered instructor, showcasing her talent across a myriad of jewelry mediums. Yet, among these artistic avenues, her true devotion, and mastery reside within the realm of metal clay. Her 15-year journey with metal clay shines as a testament to her unwavering commitment. Stephanie's online courses in metal clay have gathered both national and international acclaim. From novices taking their initial artistic steps to seasoned artisans pushing boundaries, Stephanie holds the firm belief that within each individual lies the potential to become an inspired artist. Her workshops offer more than instruction; they cultivate a nurturing and delightful space where creativity flourishes, granting attendees the liberty to explore the far reaches of their imagination. Stephanie's online presence can be explored further on her website: www.stephaniechavez.com
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.
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.
Kristin Culotta is a full time stained glass artist based in Camas, Washington. She has spent 10 years deeply involved in the craft & 5 years running a full time business specializing in commission based projects, modern home decor, small & large window panels, cabinet panels & installation art. She currently works out of her studio workshop on her 3 acre property surrounded by nature & wildlife, with frequent visits from the resident dogs, cats, chickens, deer and bunny rabbits.
I am a former art teacher. I taught all grades from kinder-post graduate. I am an Ohio girl but moved to Florida about 10 years ago and I love the warm weather! About 9 years ago I discovered glass and I have never looked back. I love the colors and texture that it brings to my artwork.
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.
Carol Erickson Starfish Paint & Create - Boyce, VA 540-680-1019 firstname.lastname@example.org Carol obtained a BS degree in Fine Arts from Towson University in Towson, MD. While experienced with jewelry, ceramics, weaving and photography, Carol’s love has come to focus on Stained Glass for over 25 years. An award winning artist, she is now producing original designs in stained glass, mosaics and fused glass with her excellent craftsmanship. Many of her pieces are custom creations for private homes. Carol is a Certified Stained Glass Instructor and offers classes for the beginner and for those wanting to refresh or advance their skills in both copper foil and lead came construction methods. She continues to explore the world of fused glass and teaches acrylic painting classes.
I am a retired non-profit professional from California and now live in Las Vegas. In 2017 I took a 4-session class to learn stained glass, and I was hooked! I am a part-time elementary school substitute and truly enjoy teaching the little ones. I have a beautiful 200 sq. foot home art studio where I create beautiful commissioned stained glass
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.
Prior to becoming a professional bead mosaic artist I spent 20 years teaching and practicing Interior Architecture. I love to develop and explore new techniques for taking beads where they have never gone before and passing on those discoveries is my passion. Bead mosaics offer endless possibilities for creativity and entry into the fine art marketplace.
Sulie Girardi was born in Chicago, but has lived in Vienna, Austria, for the last 30 years. She owns and operates Vienna Impressions, Austria's largest source for rubber stamping and other crafting supplies. She has attained the Silver Metal Clay Diploma from the Mid Cornwall School of Jewelry, as well as the Art Clay 1, 2 and instructor certifications. Her work has been published in several publications in Europe and the US. Sulie teaches frequent classes in various techniques, both in her own studio and as a guest instructor at various events, such as Bead Fest Philadelphia, Bead and Button and "You Can Make it" (England) Her work has won gold, silver and bronze medals in the Fire Mountain Competition and she was selected as a finalist in the Metal Artistry Awards/Bead Dreams competition 2019. Sulie has recorded six video classes for "Craftcast":
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).
Yin Guang is a creative designer. She has been teaching Kumihimo in national shows for more than 8 years. She also taught virtual classes at VEC and American Kumihimo Society. Her passion in teaching and attitude of helping people to "make things done" are very appreciated by her students.
Liz Haas lives in San Diego, Ca and is a teacher, trainer and show coordinator for Rayzist Photomask for the past 19 years. She has in-depth knowledge of photoresist film, sandcarving process and sandcarving equipment. For the past 15 years she has actively taught on the photoresist and the sandcarving process. In 2009, Liz started working with glass artists and incorporating the photoresist process into art glass. 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 combining his knowledge of glass and pottery. He teaches workshops around the country and in his home studio in central Wisconsin.
I am a silver smith artist and instructor and my primary medium is fabricated, cast and fused silver jewelry. I love to combine metal and stones, contrasting light, opacity and texture in a single piece. My focus is to create jewelry that tells a story. My jewelry is informed by my love of nature and my desire to communicate this to others. I took my first silversmithing class in college in 1980 and have since completed several university level metal and fine art classes and numerous workshops taught by professionals in my field. My art is always continuing to evolve in new directions as I continue learning new skills. I have been teaching art in various mediums since 1995 and taught as far away as Australia. I also taught classes online for Curious Mondo, at Kimball Art Center and headed the jewelry program at Pioneer Craft House in Salt Lake City, UT. I am currently the co-owner of the Salt City Smithery, a full service silversmithing studio and school in Salt Lake City, UT.
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 heart’s desire and turned to art full time. Terry’s unique style boldly embraces and celebrates science. She is best known for her electroforming work, combining real flowers, insects, and fossils with inorganic materials and her lampwork floral designs. Inspired by everything she sees, feels, and experiences, Terry brings disparate objects together to create pieces that are infused with distinctive energy. Her extensive teaching experience in both the fields of art and science ensures that her workshops are easy to understand and follow. You can contact Terry and read more about her at terry-henry-glassworks.com
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.
Life is a fragile, beautiful thing. Such is the same with glass and beads. I have been attracted to glass since I was a child, inspired by my grandmother’s collection of Carnival Glass. So fragile but so strong. I have taken this attraction and produced some amazing art from sheets of glass and a kiln. There is so much that can be expressed, and the beauty that is created is refreshing and freeing. Recently I have been working with beads and substrates. Like mosaics but with glass beads. Come & learn and have some fun with Lori!
Merilou has been a practicing artist and teacher for over 40 years as well as a professional craftsman and jewelry designer. She has been the recipient of numerous awards at art shows and national competitions. Her work has been featured in professional catalogs, magazines and 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 lifetime credentialed secondary art teacher. She is heavily involved in teaching others how to create beautiful jewelry jewelry as well as continually improving her own craft. Her current emphasis is on creating intricate wire wrapped and wire weaving pieces of art to be worn as jewelry. She is also a master at creating fused glass pieces which are utilized in elegant and unique pieces of jewelry, many of which are encased in 14K gold fill and/or sterling wire. The constant theme of her work has always been attention to detail, good craftsmanship and dramatic, yet elegant, one-of-a-kind pieces of art. She has been an exhibiting artist at the Laguna Beach Art-A-Fair for the past 20 years and has taught wire wrapping 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.
Jackie Kaufman is originally from Swampscott, Mass. and now resides in the St. Petersburg, Florida area where she teaches her UV Resin technique in workshops in 4 different museums and art centers. She has been a professional jeweler for the past 20 years specializing in lost wax casting. She creates one of a kind custom jewelry from precious metals and ships worldwide. Her pieces have won numerous awards, are worn by celebrities and have been used on many TV shows. She has recently received a grant for a public art project and continues to excite her local community with her work. She was Secretary, then Vice-President of the Florida Society of Goldsmiths for 5 years. She is the founder of the group "The Mad Crafters" with over 200 members in Madeira Beach, Florida. Her love for color and uniqueness has inspired her to explore different resin techniques and she wants to share these techniques in her resin workshops. Here teaching style and unique esthetic always inspires her students to create wonderful and creative pieces.
Suzi Kelly is a glass artist and a self-taught graphic artist who is all about creative growth through collaboration. Suzi’s crowning achievement (so far!) is designing the Toys for Tots® 75th Anniversary logo. She likes to brag that her work is in good company: Suzi’s 75th design wraps around the iconic Toys for Tots® train, which was designed in 1948 by Walt Disney. Prior to taking her show on the road, Suzi was the Creative Marketing Manager for a large real estate company in NJ. Currently, Suzi is a freelance exhibit designer for the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and launching her glass art business. Suzi thrives on collaborating with fellow glass artists, and she believes that by sharing our passion for creating, we artists can collectively feed our souls and nourish the world with beauty and inspiration.
Melanie is co-owner of Glasstronomy Studios in Markham, Ontario, Canada. In her role as education director, she is continuously developing and implementing a broad and innovative fused and stained glass program of courses and workshops. Melanie has been teaching in the art glass industry for over fifteen years and also creates glass art programs for the local high schools and art cooperatives. Glasstronomy Studios has undertaken exhibitions in public spaces including Markham Museum(The Glassed Over Project, Due North) and City Civic Centre (Reverence). Their work can be seen in residences and religious institutions around the world.
I have been a lamp-work glass artist for over twenty-five years. I produce one-of-a-kind objects of art including marbles, blown vessels and cups, as well as sculptural glass. My work can be found at art shows, galleries, museum shops, in museum and private collections, and in my studio gallery in Lincoln, Nebraska. I’m also the founder and president of High Volume Oxygen, where we make oxygen compression systems used by glass blowers world-wide. I’m always fascinated by the varied reaction of colors when different processes are used. I love experimenting with colors to get interesting and unique effects, and really love the beauty of the color pallet that glass offers. I also mix my own colors from oxides, which liberates me to take the pallet further.
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 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.
I began my exploration of the glass arts in Eugene Oregon during the summer of 1996. Rapidly I became enthralled and passionate about melting different types of glass into many sculpted formations.. I have predominantly been a borosilicate lampwork artist, though I have experimented with many other forms of glass art through the years. I spent over a decade of traveling and selling my artwork at art and craft festivals & events. During this time I also developed many positive relationships selling wholesale to galleries. After moving to Idaho I discovered yet another passion for glass through teaching glassblowing classes in my public studio. Ever since 2011 I have enjoyed instructing students of just about all ages in torchworked sculpting & marbles, furnace blown glass. For 13 years I also gave fused glass lessons at my kids' schools for yearly donations. I still strive to learn new techniques and experiment in new directions daily because of this 26 year passsion. Since I feel I will continue to learn as long as I work with glass, I will always love to share my love of the artform through teaching others. My recent body of work has been heavily focused on developing new styles and techniques in marble form. I have recently been exploring the idea of using blown glass patterns and techniques and sleeving over solid cores, creating solid spheres with extremely challenging designs.
Sabine Maiberger has always loved color, art and creating. Her favorite colors are ‘All of Them’. She has worked in ceramics and hand painted glass since 1995, when she thought ‘how hard can it be to create stained glass from my painted glass pieces?”. And so it began, a self-taught stained glass artist who has now expanded her glass empire to fused glass, sand blasted and laser engraved glass, mosaics and so much more. Her brick and mortar shop PeaceLuvGlass, located in Fletcher, Oklahoma, opened it’s doors in 2017 where you can find not only LOTS of glass, but supplies, tools, classes, finished pieces, inspiration and of course lots of color! It’s the grooviest place on earth. To learn more about her art and shop, please visit www.PeaceLuvGlass.com!
I've been an artist most of my life, working in pastel, acrylic, scratchboard, watercolor, etc. and as a professional freelance designer. But when I tried glass for the first time about 7 years ago, it was life-changing. My first workshop was about "painting" with frit, and I loved working with the powders, as the effect was similar to pastel in some ways. What I didn't like was the mess and lost powder. I'm thrifty and a control freak, and seeing all that powder sifting around made me crazy. What, I wondered, would happen if I mixed powdered glass with a binder of some sort? Could I get that powder under control? At the time I was such a newbie I knew almost nothing about things like pate de verre (except that it is beautiful), and my exposure to other techniques was minimal. In a way, my ignorance freed me up to experiment, as I didn't really know what wasn't possible. I started doing research online about other ingredients that have been added to glass over the years, and I put my own twist on it, experimenting with different combinations, and adding a liquid medium of my own formulation. Once I perfected the mixture, I was able to make a material very much like modeling clay, that could be used to make 3-dimensional shapes without the need for complicated mold-making (did I mention that I'm both a control freak and into instant gratification?). Thus, Modeling Glass was born. Now I'm teaching my process of making glass feathers using Modeling Glass, and am excited to see what other artists will be able to make with Modeling Glass! You can see more of my art at www.glassbirdstudios.com, and on Facebook at Glass Bird Studios
Introducing Lisa Martin: Fused Glass Artisan & Screen Printing Enthusiast Lisa Martin is a dedicated fused glass artisan with a creative journey spanning over 15 years, now extending into the captivating realm of screen printing on glass. Her artistic exploration began as a personal outlet, driven by a passion for experimentation and a profound love for art. In the early stages, Lisa ingeniously transformed her bathroom into a unique studio, using a special light bulb and a showerhead sprayer for screen printing on glass. Her initial designs, although basic, marked the humble beginnings of her artistic evolution. Lisa's commitment to honing her craft led her to invest in advanced tools such as light-sensitive emulsion, a specialized printer, and transparencies designed for the art of printing on glass. These acquisitions enhanced her creative toolkit, allowing for increasingly intricate designs. Her journey didn't stop there; Lisa delved into halftones and screen mesh sizes, adding depth and complexity to her work. Her dedication extended to selling screens online, sharing her expertise with fellow enthusiasts. A pivotal moment arrived when Lisa was invited by Oceanside Glass & Tile to lead a screen printing demonstration at the 2023 Glass Expo, propelling her into a teaching role. Lisa's class is further enriched by two remarkable friends. Kirsten Burkett, a color and design expert, offers invaluable insights through testing screens and providing design feedback. Elaina Adams, owner of Prairie Glass in Saskatchewan, adds her extensive experience and creativity to the class. Join Lisa Martin, Kirsten Burkett, and Elaina Adams to explore the world of fused glass and screen printing. Join us at the upcoming expo and explore how these talented artists can help you unlock your artistic potential and immerse yourself in the captivating world of fused glass and screen printing. Don't miss this opportunity to be part of a truly enriching and educational experience.
22 + years ago I retired as a Special Ed . Teacher. Always a crafty girl I opened up my bead store allowing me the best of both worlds , teaching & beading . Soon I added designing art using various mediums .I have been very fortunate to teach & share my passion with so many people. My classrooms have always been labled "Worry Free Zones" because there are no mistakes , just giggles & smiles !
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.
Susan McGarry has been passionate about glass since her first glass class. She has exhibited her fused glass jewelry and artwork in shops throughout the United States and Ireland and her tutorials have been published in Glass Patterns Quarterly. She combines colors in a unique way to create interesting one-of-a-kind designs & feels working with glass is exciting, challenging, and taps into the imagination for creating something new. Susan has also written two books, Fused Glass Jewelry and Fused Glass Kaleidoscope Patterns. In 2012 she started her business ARTiFILL, manufacturing molds & jewelry findings for artists and crafters. Susan was born and raised in Southern California. Her home and glass studio are now in the Northern California. She devotes all of her time to glass and shares her love of fused glass kaleidoscope patterns in her classes. Her books, molds, and jewelry findings can be found on her website www.ARTiFILL.com & SusanMcGarryGlass.com & her glass art can be found on her Facebook page, Susan McGarry Glass.
Neacol has been a flameworker for over 15 years. Under the studio name Bling Squared Cute Glass she, along with her husband, have created a highly coveted line of collectible, adorable, glass animals in pendant and figure form. Since the pandemic, Neacol has branched out into borosilicate sculpture under the name Tiefling Glass where she has progressed her sculpture skills and fallen in love with the craft of traditional glass dip pens.
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.
Joy graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in Design with an emphasis in Ceramic Studio Practices. After college, she lived in Germany for a few years, explored most of central Europe, and then returned to graduate studies at California State University Fresno for Sculpture & Bronze Casting. She has since spent the last 20 years as a professional sculptor specializing in cast bronze, ceramic sculpture, etched monument work and now flame-worked glass. Joy spent most of her twenties as a professional sculptor selling her bronze wildlife sculptures nationwide through The Nature Company, Natural Wonders, Nature Crafts and the Bronx Zoo, NY. For more than 20 years Joy also worked in the construction and interior design industry specializing in tile and stone and residential kitchen and bathroom remodels. In 2011 Joy took her first flameworking class and was hooked! Since that first class, Joy has devoted all of her time and energy to her glass creations and teaching her techniques around the world. Joy’s class and show schedule can be viewed on her website: www.JoyMunshower.com and her work can be bought online through her shop: www.JoyMunshowerGlass.com
Lisa Pavelka, a Colorado native who now resides in Las Vegas, is an award winning artist, designer and author. Although she is well versed in several mediums, she is best known for her polymer clay expertise. Having worked with the medium professionally since 1989, she has focused her creative energies in taking polymer clay in new directions; especially in the areas of mixed media applications. As a polymer clay pioneer, Lisa has tackled everything from jewelry making and home décor to scrapbooking and altered arts to name a few. She has shown the crafting world there is almost nothing that can’t be done with polymer clay, whether it’s coming up with new techniques or covering the back of a van. Lisa is author of several books including the award winning best seller: Polymer Clay Extravaganza (North Light Books).
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 Tucson, AZ. 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 a long-time instructor 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.
I’m an Arizona based artist, I discovered the art of glass in 2007. It was love at first cut! I have explored many aspects of fused glass and mosaic art. I enjoy developing new ideas and techniques, and putting a new spin on an old idea – like looking at a painting and wonder what it would look like made of glass. You can find me teaching glass classes locally or in the studio most days. My art has been featured in galleries and local papers.
Amy Schmidt is a co-owner of Salt City Smithery in Salt Lake City, Utah. Shas been creating jewelry since the early 1990s. She’s been a maker her whole life, starting out sewing with her mom and grandmother as a young child. She has had a career in the fashion industry since graduating college but has felt the pull towards working with metal since taking her first jewelry fabrication class at Kean University in New Jersey. Originally from New York, she was able to take advantage of the plentiful metalsmithing classes in the area. After moving to Utah in 2007 and finding a scarcity in such workshops, she opened her own studio in 2013 and has been teaching metalsmithing classes ever since. Amy’s favorite aspect of teaching is seeing the emergence and growth in students’ confidence, honing the development of their design skills, and working together to trouble shoot and problem solve. Her entry in the 2020 Utah Design Craft Artists’ competition, “A Ring for a New Now” won first place and is now in the permanent collection of the Brigham City Museum of Art and History in Utah.
Laura’s fascination with art and the process of creation has been a lifelong companion. She began at the age of eight with oil paints and has followed her passion for art through a multitude of mediums, working in paint, leaded glass, wood, metal, furnace glass and fused glass. Her pursuit of art eventually led her to Saint Louis and to Third Degree Glass Factory, where she wandered into a full time position as the Awards Production Assistant to Mark Salsbury - who taught her the intricacies of coldworking, sandblasting and large scale fusing - and as an adjunct for Washington University’s flameworking & glass sampler courses under Libby Leuchtman - who taught her the basic foundations of lampworking and connected her with the glass world in ways she had never expected. Currently, she is producing art in her expansive, multi-medium home studio. Although she still puts brush to canvas occasionally, Laura’s focus for the last several years has definitely been on glass - creating intricate beads and miniature glass sculptures, learning traditional stained glass painting techniques, obsessing over venetian style micro-mosaics and bringing her original love of painting full circle with glass paints and enamels on beads and cabochons.
Although Laura's art background is painting she has had a successful business creating art jewelry for the last 28 years. Her jewelry, like her paintings speak to her roots in illustration and painting. “I have been influenced by the greats from Da Vinci to Dali.” The theme of her art is rooted in story with each individual piece, telling it's own story. Laura's jewelry consists of multiple steps, which can include enameling and cloisonne. Laura combines these originals with gem stones and sets them in precious metals (sterling silver, 18 k, 22 k, and 24 k gold). Laura's unique style and craftsmanship make these collectable pieces heirlooms of the future. Laura's designs have been featured in several publications and she has received many awards for her work. Laura's jewelry is sold through select galleries and juried art shows. She teaches classes in her studio and has been a guest instructor at nationally. n 2023, I made the decision to retire from art shows, a chapter filled with countless memorable moments and connections with art enthusiasts. But, as with any artist, retirement doesn't signal the end; rather, it's a new beginning. I've embarked on a path where teaching has become a central focus of my creative endeavors. Teaching has opened up exciting avenues for me to share my passion, knowledge, and expertise with others. You can explore my current classes, where I'm eager to impart the skills and insights I've gathered over the years. Whether you're a beginner looking to discover the art of jewelry making or an experienced artist seeking to refine your craft, there's a class for you. Laura Stamper Designs, each piece of jewelry is more than just an accessory; it's a testament to a lifetime of artistic exploration and an embodiment of my enduring love for art. Thank you for joining me on this artistic adventure.
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.
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.
My inspiration came from a dear friend that gifted me a beaded cabochon years ago. That changed my life and I was hooked. I have taught many techniques and have adapted beading to many other interests of mine. Beading has been one of the most relaxing things I do. I love to teach and share.
Kevin is the owner of Stained Glass Stuff, a retail store in Ottawa, Canada. He has worked there for over 28 years, teaching various classes, doing repairs, custom work, and installations across Eastern Ontario and Quebec. He specializes in fused and coldworked glass art. You may have seen him in various capacities at GCBE since 2005, or on social media where his wacky Canadian sense of humour is on display daily. An avid sports enthusiast, Kevin played rugby for 4 decades and now attends football, baseball, hockey, and other sporting events in his spare time.
Rob Traylor. I have been working with glass for over 25 years. I work in various mediums of glass. I first started with lampworking. I then was introduced to warm glass from Gil Reynolds. Shortly after that I was introduced to off hand glass work. I have been teaching all the various types of glass classes since 2005. I started teaching at the Mesa Art's Center in Arizona. I also did a residency as well. I currently teach and am the in house resident artist at SWArtGlass. Ps. Patty Gray was one of my first instructors.
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.
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.
Betty has been involved in the glass industry for over 40 years. Initially working with Stained Glass, she found Fused Glass over 20 years ago. After retiring from her Corporate job, she now has more time to devote to teaching as well as creating her own work. Her style spans from Funky to Functional while she interprets the world around her into glass. Jamie Kuykendall, Betty’s daughter, is also a glass artist and will assist with instruction at GCBE.
Danny White aka Ethan Windy (Anagram) has been working with glass in some capacity for over 15 years. Both in the hotshop and on the torch he aims to create works that emit the same energy and imagination he thrives on while creating them. Through narrative, humor, and intention he advances the medium with a universal approach rooted in confidence and sense of self. Currently, Danny White travels, teaches and exhibits internationally while maintaining a private studio in Seattle, WA.
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.
My background has always included invention and innovation, but in telecom and manufacturing. Art, and specifically glass were not on my radar. A conversation with a good friend and glass artist led to a discussion of his desire to be able to facet glass using his existing wheel. From that came Prismware and the LapDancer faceting jig. I developed the LapDancer with no prior knowledge of the existing techniques and equipment; the resulting jig was awarded a patent based on it's unique approach to faceting, which differs significantly from traditional machines. As the list of of customers grew, I started getting more questions about the process of faceting, which led me to get a wheel of my own so I could start playing. The goal was to be able to help answer questions about the LapDancer and faceting in general from experience, and I quickly became enraptured with cutting glass. I found new ways of faceting (such as arc facets) that are only possible with the LapDancer. What I never imagined was that artists would being working with me to create pieces they would keep or sell. I have worked with a number of artists getting involved in faceting for the first time, both in individual and class settings. The instruction is always informal and based on the unique LapDancer design. Watching someone see the polish appear on their first piece never gets old.
Sibelle Yuksek, aka Sibelley, works as an independent artist, based in Downtown Los Angeles. She received her BFA in Communication Arts and in Craft/Material Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2012. Upon her arrival in LA in 2014, she spent 5 years working in production flameworking for Neptune Glassworks Lighting & Design, until she went independent within the glass cannabis industry. She has taught intensives at Penland Craft School, Pilchuck Glass School, Corning Museum of Glass and Chrysler Museum.
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