Fabrizio Acquafresca is an artist and teacher of chasing and repoussé in Italy. His family has been in the industry of chasing and repoussé since the 14th century and the technique has been passed down from generation to generation.
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World-renowned glass artists which visited The Glass Furnace since 2002
Jeff Ballard was born in Chicago in 1977. Jeff Ballard started working with glass at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in the fall of 1996. After receiving his BFA in 2000 Jeff spent six years gaffing and designing work for production studios across the Southwest.
Scott Benefield has been involved in the field of studio glass for over 25 years as a glassblower, writer and workshop leader. He studied at The College of William and Mary, Louisiana State University and holds a master's degree in glass from Ohio State University.
Eddie Bernard is an artist, craftsperson, and technician. He earned a BFA in Glass 1996 from Rochester Institute of Technology, and founded Wet Dog Glass, LLC in the same year.
Emma Biggs (born 1956) is a London-based mosaic artist. She graduated in Fine Art from Leeds University in the UK.
Anna Boothe trained as a sculptor at the Rhode Island School of Design and has worked with glass since 1980. She holds a MFA from the Tyler School of Art, where she was a member of the Glass Program faculty for a total of 16 years.
Originally trained as an industrial designer, Claudia Borella was introduced to glass during her studies at the University of Canberra. Borella lives and works in Wanganui, New Zealand, where she is President of the New Zealand Society of artists in Glass.
Bubacco, born on Murano in 1957, began playing with glass as a boy, making small animals, beads, and the usual lampworker's tablet. Lucio Bubacco's works combine the anatomic perfection of Greek sculpture with the Byzantine gothic architecture of his native Venice.
Thor Bueno is half Icelandic and half Spanish/Basque. He grew up surfing in southern California and started blowing glass in 1979.
Robert Carlson was introduced to glass by his good friend Tom Philabaum in 1980. He has been working on Bainbridge Island, Washington since 1987, where he lives with his wife Mary Fontaine-Carlson.
Pino Cherchi is a glass and metal sculptor. He’s been involved in glass art as an artist and teacher for over 26 years. His work has been displayed in galleries in the United States and Europe for 16 years.
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.
After having studied in Australia, Scott Chaseling travelled widely developing new works in new locations through teaching, residencies and workshops.
Mary Chuduk was born in Chicago, Illinois and now lives and works as a studio artist in Tempe, Arizona. She has extensively exhibited her metalwork nationally and internationally, including Korea, Switzerland, Japan, India, Russia, Spain and Canada.
B. Jane Cowie has been working glass for over 20 years. After gaining a degree in Visual Arts at Sydney College of the Arts, her commitment to art making, desire to learn and passion for glass inspired her to travel extensively.
Born in 1984 in Marostica, in the province of Vicenza (Italy), he started working glass in 2000 first as a student and co-worker in Massimo Lunardon’s glass blowing studio.
Julie Anne Denton graduated from her Glass degree in 2000 and is now living her dream; making glass full-time.
Fritz Dreisbach is an American studio glass artist and teacher who is recognized as one of the pioneers of the American Studio Glass Movement. Fritz Dreisbach was born in Cleveland, Ohio.
John Drury is a New York City-based artist, writer and teacher, living in Brooklyn with his wife and two young children. John holds an MFA degree from the Ohio State University (1985) and has been a recipient of the prestigious Louis Comfort Tiffany Award for the Visual Arts (1997).
Ursula DISTLER is working as a freelance glass artist in her own workshop in Nuremberg since 1989. Since, 1991 she is lecturer for glassdesign in the Bildungszentrum of the city of Nuremberg.
Stephen Dee Edwards graduated from Illinois State University with a Master of Fine Arts Degree in 1980. In 1982 he established his first private glass studio in Micaville, North Carolina. It was close to the Penland School of Crafts where he worked as a guest artist.
Evelyn Dunstan is born in 1961 in Auckland city. She started glass casting in 2003 after a 25 years career as a graphic artist, designer and illustrator in various industries.
Ulli Egger was born in 1969 in Austria. She is working with glass since 1994 and started making beads in 1998. She attended College of Crafts and Design at the “Glasfachshule Kramsach”, Austria.
Tom GALBRAITH was born in California in 1960. He has lived and worked in Milwaukee, Wisconsin since 1970. Tom began his sojourn into glassblowing in 1980 when he apprenticed for six years in the neon industry, eventually branching out on his own.
The first time I felt the heat of the glass and saw its glow I knew I would be a glass artist. My name is Grant Garmezy. I grew up on a working farm outside of Nashville Tennessee, and as long as I can remember I’ve always been fascinated with the arts and working with my hands to create.
Mitchell Gaudet, was born & raised in New Orleans. After Katrina, he spent months repairing his studio and helping family & friends. When he returned to work, he created pieces about the line that stained his city, where the water settled for weeks.
Patty Gray has been involved in the hot glass arts since the earliest days of the studio glass movement. Her artistic focus has been on fused and cast glass artwork of all scales, including architectural installations in major hotels and public buildings.
Jiri Harcuba was born in Harrachov, in what is now the Czech Republic, where he apprenticed in the region’s renowned engraving studios, developing his hand at portrait engraving and medallions.
Chad Holliday is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at West Texas A&M University (WTAMU) in Canyon, Texas. Chad teaches and leads all curriculum in glass, ceramics, sculpture, three-dimensional design and professional practices.
Born in 1980, in Liberec, in the Czech Republic, Martin Janecky began working in a glass factory at the age of 13. He attended a four year secondary school concentrating on the creation of glass art in Novy Bor.
Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1960. While attending Ohio University, she took an elective in glass blowing. After graduating from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture, Karen was hired to work as a glass blowing assistant.
Richard Jolley was born in Wichita, Kansas 1952 then moved in his youth to Oak Ridge, Tennessee. In 1970, the artist began his studies at Tusculum College in Greenville, Tennessee, studying glass under Michael Taylor.
With the meticulous method, precision and patience of a scientist Kavvas explores and pursues the impossibilities of glass in order to find the possibilities.
Gerry King has worked with glass since the 1970’s. His works are represented in public museums, private collections and are published in major texts and journals worldwide. Formerly an artist / academ
Sonia King's first contact with mosaics was as a child when her mother worked in the medium. Her fascination with the color, texture and surface of mosaic art has remained constant. Sonia received a BFA from California College of Arts and an MBA from Southern Methodist University.
Ed Kirshner of Oakland, California was born in New York City in 1940. He studied architecture and sculpture at Cornell University, the University of California at Berkeley and the Oskar Kokoschka School of Vision in Austria.
Vladimir KLEIN was born in the year 1950 in Czechoslovakia. He studied in the Academy of Applied Arts in Prag under Prof. Libensky. For 14 years, he was teaching in a secondary glassmaking school in Kamenicky Senov and was the director of this school for 5 years.
Lucartha Kohler’s work has been shown for more than 30 years at a variety of venues, including the Durham Storefront Project, Frank Gallery, and the Lawrence Gallery. Kohler studied at Carnegie Mellon Institute, Moore College of Art, and Penland School of Crafts.
Carmen Lozar was awarded a residency at the Corning Museum of Glass prior to attending graduate school at Alfred University where she received an MFA in 2003.
Koichi Matsufuji is an artist from Japan. He received his M.F.A. in Glass and Sculpture from Illinois State University, Department of Art in the United States in 2001 and his B.A. from Aichi University of Education, Department of Artand Crafts in Japan in 1995.
Wilfried MARKUS was born in 1947, in Germany. Became self supporting with kiln worked and lamp worked glass in 1983, after his training and a master craftsman’s diploma in hand working glass.
James Mongrain was introduced to glass at Moorhead State University in Minnesota, and later studied glassblowing at Massachusetts College of Art and the Appalachian Center for Crafts. He has worked with Jim Dine, Kiki Smith, Jeff Koons, Robert Wilson, and Walter Lieberman.
James McLeod received his MFA in Studio Art from New York University in 2005, and BFA in Glass from the California College of the Arts in 2002.
James Minson is a third-generation glassworker. His grandparents, who were scientific glassblowers in London, established the Minson Scientific Company in Sydney, Australia.
Michaela Maria Möller is a trained glazier with more than 25 years experience in working with glass. She studied craft design at the Akademie für Gestaltende Handwerke in Aachen,Germany. Her first contacts with making glass-beads was 15 years ago first as a hobby.
Petr Novotny was born in The Czech Republic in 1952. He studied glass manufacturing and glass technology at Apprentice Glass Centre in Novy Bor and later on he continued to study at Secondary Industrial School in Novy Bor.
Jiří Pačinek born in Litomerice on 1972. He studied at Glass apprentice centre in Novy Bor from 1987 till 1990 in the section of glass blowing and hand shaping. He started his career of glass blower in Czech famous Chribská glass works focusing mainly on free-hand shaped glass and then found AJET
Anu Penttinen was born in 1974 in Helsinki, Finland. Anu Penttinen graduated at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki. She focuses on glass material, which is why she leads a studio in Nuutajärvi Glass Village, where the most ancient glass houses of Finland are.
Sallie Portnoy is a prolific interdisciplinary artist, working in glass, clay, bronze, cement, polyurethane, mosaic, and steel. Her background in ceramics informs her work in glass, which has earned recognition and representation internationally in private and permanent collections.
After spending 11 years in Japan where he was head of Aichi University’s Glass Department, artist Michael Rogers returned to the United States where he is now a Professor in the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology in New York.
Marie-Odile Savigny (1960) graduated from the National Superior School of Applied Art in Paris in 1981. A year later she was employed by the famous Crystal Factory Daum in Nancy. For seven years she worked as a designer and mouldmaker and collaborated with designers like Philippe Starck.
Seimel uses the mandrel wound bead technique to bring vitality to her designs. Her glass beads provide an interesting contrast to the beadmaking industry of Landsberg am Lech in Germany where she lives.
A native of Singapore, Dora Schubert relocated to Germany with her husband in 1987, putting her life as an artist on hold while her children were young.
An American Master Glassblower, Edward Schmid was born in Chicago in 1964. Ed has been working with hot glass since 1984.
Janet Dalecki found her passion for glassmaking in 1999 while pursuing a degree in fine arts at Alfred University.
Paul DeSomma is an American visual artist who was born in 1959. Paul DeSomma has had several gallery and museum exhibitions, including at the William Traver Gallery.
Over his 25 year career in glass, Rob Stern studied extensively and has worked with the most accomplished glass artists and masters throughout the world. His work has been installed, exhibited, and collected in Europe, Asia and United States.
Boyd Sugiki was first introduced to glass in 1986 at Punahou High School in Honolulu, HI, and studied under the guidance of Hugh Jenkins. He went on to receive a BFA from California College of Arts and Crafts and a MFA from Rhode Island School of Design.
Jiri Suhájek was born in Pardubice in 1943. Having finished the Secondary School of Glassmaking in Kamenicky Senov, he started to work in the Moser glassworks in Karlovy Vary in 1962.
Since 2004 ltan Sungar has been attending workshops at the Glass Furnace and has been taking classes from world reknown artists such as Vladimir Klein, Mitchell Gaudett and Gerry King on varıous glass techniques.
Therman Statom was born in 1953 in Florida. Statom began his study of glass as an art medium at Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, California in 1971.
Jan Hein van Stiphout (1956, Tilburg, Holland) is an autonomous glass artist and instructor in glass techniques based in the Netherlands. He is co owner of the Glasveredelingsatelier company and has formed a collaboration ‘De Maatschap International’ with two other artists.
Born in 1982 Raven Skyriver started blowing glass in high school at the age of 16. Raven’s mentor Lark Dalton taught him how to build glass blowing equipment, and trained him in venetian technique. Raven joined the William Morris team, by Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen’s request in 2003.
Michael (Estes) Taylor was born in 1944, in Lewisburg, Tennessee and began to draw at age 12. At age 18 he entered Middle Tennessee University in Murfreesboro where he was awarded a B.S. in art education.
Jonathan Tepperman, mixed media glass artist from California, takes on the complexity of creating innovative blown forms with a variety of different materials.
Angela Thwaites has been working as a self employed professional in the specialist field of kiln formed glass for more than twenty years. She frequently takes part in exhibitions nationally and internationally.
Steeped in seven centuries of family tradition of Murano Glass, Venetian Maestro Gianni Toso has spent most of his life creating beautiful and inspiring works in glass.
Jamex de la Torre (b. 1960, Guadalajara, Mexico) is a sculptor who primarily works in glass with his brother, Einar de la Torre (b. 1963 in Guadalajara, Mexico).
Pamina Traylor is a lecturer at the California College of Arts and Crafts. She received her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College, began studying glass at San Francisco State University, and received her M.F.A. in glass sculpture from Rochester Institute of Technology.
Jelveh moved to the US during the Iranian revolution in 1978. Her artwork is infused with a unique blend of colors, textures & themes from both Persian & American cultures.
Jean Pierre Umbdenstock is a French artist who was born in 1950. There have been Several articles about Jean Pierre Umbdenstock, including 'Discover in Strasbourg a New Face of Contemporary Art Using Glass as a Medium' written for ArtDaily in 2009.
Jennifer Umphress’ work often draws inspiration from her environment. Born and raised in California, she began working with glass in 2000 while living in Hawaii.
Bertil Vallien was born in 1938 and has been at the forefront of Swedish glass design since the early 1960s.
Alain Vaidie studied in the visual arts and sculpture at Université Du Québec À Montréal and Concordia Uuniversity, Montreal, Quebec, Canada from 1982 to 1986 . He received College diploma on Glass techniques from Centre des Métiers du Verre du Québec, Montreal, Quebec in 1995.
Emma Varga was born in former Yugoslavia, in 1952. She graduated from the University of Applied Arts in Belgrade in 1975 as Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Glass design and Ceramic sculpture. Since 1975 she works as a freelance Artist producing her own Glass Art and Design.
Sunny Wang was awarded a MVA at Australian National University in 2001, and received her PhD, Doctor of Philosophy (Visual Arts–Glass) at the University of South Australia in 2012. She taught at the National Taiwan University of Arts.
Jack Wax was born in 1954 in New York. He graduated with honors from Rhode Island School of Design in 1983 with his Masters of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture. Since 1983 Mr.
Ben Wright graduated from Evolutionary Biology from Dartmouth College. His background in Biology figures strongly in his artwork, which delves deeply into the every evolving relationship between humans and their micro and macro environments.
More than 20 years of Framework business, 10 years of international teaching. Official glassblowing teacher of Boston University and Abate Zanetti Murano glass school. He is Always looking for new artistic expression of the glass never losing the view of business.
Dean Allison is an artist that lives and works in Penland North Carolina. He currently works as the Glass Coordinator at the Penland School of Crafts. He received his Master of Art, Visual Arts in Glass from The Australian National University in Canberra in 2010 and a B.S.
Carol earned her undergraduate degree in Landscape Architecture. Her senior thesis, “Landscape as Art/Art as Landscape,” drew her into the realm of sculpture and cast bronze, and eventually to cast glass. She has been working primarily with glass since 2000.
Carol Gouthro, a graduate of the University of Manitoba School of Art, Canada is a Seattle based ceramic artist and educator who has been working and exhibiting for over 30 years.
After studying at a Fine Arts College in Germany, Claudia Trimbur-Pagel worked for 10 years as a graphic designer in the Paris region. Now working in the north od France, she discovered glass by accident in 2005 and started as a self-taught practitioner.
Mark Ditzler is a Seattle glass artist specializing in kiln fired glass. Trained as an Industrial Designer and ceramic artist, he hasbeen making glass for over 25 years. Mark has studied at the Pilchuck Glass School, and has been an instructor at numerous studios including the Studio of the Cor
1974- Born, Tel- Aviv, Israel
Since 2004 working in her studio in Kfar Saba/ Petach Tikva, specializing in lampworking
Silvia Levenson was born in Argentina in 1957. Lives and works in Italy since 1980
" Revealing ", making visible what is normally hidden or people can not see is an integral part of her work, and she uses glass to embody this metaphor.
Chloe Rizzo is a nationally exhibited Figure Sculptor and Art Educator. Chloe currently teaches at Amarillo College, Amarillo, Texas. She received a BFA in Sculpture from Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey in 1999.
After seeing glassblowing at the Oldway Art Center in Sperryville, Virginia, Erin became enamored with glass as an artistic medium. At 17, she bargained with Oldway owner Eric Kvarnes, trading shop work for studio lessons, and she spent every moment she could in the studio.
Janusz Poźniak has been blowing glass for more than 28 years, working with some of the best artists and glassblowers in the world. He has worked closely with Dante Marioni for many years, and shares a studio with him in Seattle.
The Glass Furnace was first designed as a glass studio but has quickly become one of the world’s leading glass schools and this is the outcome of a long and intensive work. Since the day it was founded, The Glass Furnce has been hosting world renowned artists, teaching various glass techniques to Turkish students and students from all over the world, through different duration workshops.