Faculty

alex Alexandra Lozier

Alexandra Lozier is a metal and glass artist currently working and residing in Brooklyn, NY. Inspired by the natural landscape, she collects, composes, and encapsulates organic found objects in metal and glass as both wearable pieces of jewelry and sculpture. Her work analyzes the ephemeral in an attempt to preserve it. In January 2012, she opened her own silversmithing/jewelry studio, Touch of Gray. The studio serves several functions: it is her home base where she creates her own artwork, as well as fabricates jewelry for established artists and designers. In addition, the studio is a communal space; providing emerging jewelry artists the necessary tools and equipment to make their work in a creative atmosphere. Alexandra also works at Brooklyn Glass as a studio technician and glassblowing instructor. She graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA in 2010 with a BFA in Crafts, concentration in metals and glass.

She has received scholarships to attend Pilchuck Glass School, Pittsburgh Glass Center, and the Glass Art Society Conference in Louisville, KY. She recently showed her work at Nature in Craft at the Wayne Art Center, S.O.F.A. (Sculptural Objects Functional Art) Chicago, and The Ukrainian Museum in New York, NY.
www.alexlozier.com

alison Alison Siegel

Alison started working with glass at Alfred University in 2008. As an artist, she tries not to take her inner critical voice too seriously. Alison finds inspiration in the glass working process and in the challenge of bringing an idea or drawing into three dimensions. Alison works as an artist’s assistant in the Brooklyn glass community, and teaches classes and workshops. She hopes to never stop learning and would like to one day adopt a tortoise.

http://alisonmadethis.com/

anna Anna Riley

Anna Riley received her BFA in Glass from the Rhode Island School of Design. Her work, be it conceptual, technical or experiential, emerges from a strong desire for material research. She operates in a range of mediums, from blown glass to the written word, with an occasional excursion into the realm of electronics and video. Her current research explores maker and material as psychologically and empathetically engaged. She has received awards such as the RISD Glass Glass Department Award of Excellence (2014), the Elizabeth Jones Memorial Scholarship (2011), and has an upcoming fellowship at the Creative Glass Center of America at Wheaton Arts (2016). Anna lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.  www.annaelizabethriley.com

annie Annie Shepherd

Annie Shepherd was born and raised in the outskirts of Lincoln. Her undergraduate education includes direction in glass studies at Hastings College, Hastings, Nebraska and obtaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a focus in glass art from Alfred University. She has attended craft schools and residencies nationwide in various capacities including staff and as a scholarship recipient. Her most recent work focuses on various realms of cartography, displayed on abstract blown glass forms. She hopes to continue to focus on her love of maps and explore more refined sculptural forms in her glass work.

Annukka Ritalahti Annukka RitalahtiAnnukka Ritalahti has worked with glass since 1980, professionally since 1988. She had her shop and studio in Tampere, Finland until 2014. Her main public works are in Finland, but her art has found it’s way to private residences around the world. She has had several private art exhibitions in galleries in Europe and her art has been accepted to several juried art shows, not to forget having been displayed as invited artist in many occasions. Annukka has thought both hobby and professional students since 1988. Stained Glass, mosaics, painting, flame working, jewelry etc are in her range of techniques. Annukka is continuing to create her art and to teach in the USA.
BOYD SUGIKI Boyd Sugiki

Boyd Sugiki was first introduced to glass at Punahou High School in Honolulu, HI, where he was raised. He went on to receive a BFA in Glass from California College of Arts and Crafts and a MFA in Glass from Rhode Island School of Design. http://www.boydsugiki.com/

bg instructors Brooklyn Glass Instructors

Our instructors are all professional practicing artists who share a passion for teaching. Specializing in glassblowing, neon, flameworking and coldworking, our diverse faculty is comprised of expert creative artists and craftspeople from around the world.

Bruce Bruce Kennedy

Since 1999, Bruce Kennedy has been crafting a wide and diverse array of fun and functional items in fine borosilicate glass. Years of work in the production studios of Boulder, CO, and many more years as an independent artisan have allowed him to develop an impressive range of lampworking skills and techniques time-tested and proven effective, informed by European tradition and liberated by American creativity.

 Since 2013 Mr Kennedy has been leading classes at Brooklyn Glass, sharing these skills while encouraging new and returning students to experience glass "hands-on" in a fun, informal, and informative setting.

carina Carina Cheung

Born in Hong Kong, Carina Cheung received her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 2006. Upon graduation she received the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Fine Arts Travel Fellowship to study glass from 2006-2007 in Italy and India and the Fulbright Student Fellowship to study sculpture in China from 2007-2008. In 2008 she was an artist in residence at The Creative Glass Center of America, NJ. Since 2009 she has been working with Maestro Pino Signoretto’s team in Murano, Italy. 

ablon David Ablon

David starting bending neon in 1977 at Alfred University. He starting teaching courses in neon 1981 when he opened his first neon company. While his initial experience was providing signs and design for landmarks such as Studio 54, he moved on to working on movies like Urban Cowboy and artists Keith Haring, James Turrelll and Dennis Oppenheim He later worked with artists such as Stephen Antonakos, Chryssa, Joseph Kosuth and Blair Thurman. David currently restores and maintains artwork from artists such as Nam Jun Pike, Mario Merz and Jason Rhodes. His love and interest in neon helped him start precision neon which specializes in neon lighting and art fabrication and Ablon Tech which supplies other neon lighting companies with materials. His work has been featured in Montclair Art Museum, Polk Public Museum and Thorpe Gallery.
precisionneon.com

deb Deborah Czeresko

Deborah Czeresko’s work examines mastery within a contemporary art context, transforming prosaic crafted objects into lush, monumental renderings to challenge perceived notions of skill and material. She has spent years focusing on skill acquisition in order to use the concept of authenticity in her discourse on material. In this regard Deborah exposes the inherent paradoxes and ironies of working within a material based art endeavor and comments on established ideas of value, heroism and virtuosity associated with being a master.http://www.deborahczeresko.com/

Ed Kirshner Ed Kirshner

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, Berkeley, and the Oskar Kokoschka School in Austria. After thirty years of developing and financing affordable housing, he returned to study art at the California College of the Arts in Oakland, as well as at Pilchuck Glass School, The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass, and North Lands Creative Glass in Scotland. His glass and plasma sculptures have been exhibited throughout the US, Europe, and Asia. His work is represented in the Corning Museum's 25 Years of New Glass Review. His sculptures are in such permanent collections as the diRosa Fine Arts Preserve in Napa, CA and the Swiss National Science Center, near Zurich.  Ed has taught in the US, Europe, and Asia and has been on the faculties of The Crucible in Oakland and the Glass Furnace in Turkey. He also holds a five year Fulbright international teaching fellowship. He served as a trustee and the treasurer of the Museum of Neon Art in LA and is on the Board of the Glass Art Society and has also been its treasurer. Ed Kirshner is a sculptor who works in glass with gas plasma. 

art Ed Schmid

Ed Schmid has been working with hot glass since 1984. He received his undergraduate degree in Glass from the University of Illinois- at Champaign/Urbana, and his Master of Fine Arts Degree in Glass from The Ohio State University in 1990. Ed also gained a great deal of knowledge by working in various positions at the Pilchuck Glass School for over ten summers. Ed is the author of Beginning Glassblowing and Advanced Glassworking Techniques, the world’s best selling books on how to blow glass. He recently finished a new book: “The Glassworker’s Bathroom Reader”, all about the life and times of the contemporary glassmaker. Ed spends nearly half his year teaching classes and workshops in glassblowing at Universities, colleges, and private studios all across the globe. The rest of his time is devoted to work in the studio or various writing projects.

Elizabeth Cote Elizabeth Cote

Elizabeth is a Brooklyn based artist, with a BFA from Alfred University, working primarily in cast glass and other sculptural materials. She has taught and assisted at UrbanGlass, Brooklyn Glass, Pilchuck, Alfred, and a variety of youth art programs, including the New York State Summer School of the Arts, Manhattan Youth, and the Beam Center. Elizabeth currently takes commissions, helping other artists produce their work in glass.

salazar Esteban Salazar

Transplanted from Bogota, Colombia to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2001, Esteban is a sculptor, educator, and glass artist producing work that goes from hot-sculpted blown glass objects to art installations of optics and light. In the last twelve years Esteban has worked on unfolding and sharing the knowledge of glassmaking inside and outside of academia.

He has been an instructor and a gaffer at the Bay Area Glass Institute (BAGI), and an Associate Teacher at San Jose State University. In 2013 after completing his MFA in sculpture, Esteban moved to New York where he works as a freelance artist and glassblowing instructor.

Recent exhibitions include ‘Everyday Worlds: Interiors and Exteriors’ de Young Museum in San Francisco (2013), ‘Playing with Fire: The Art of Making Glass’, the Oakland Museum of California (2013), and ‘Even The Smallest Change Can Be Profound, Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino-Americana (MACLA).

 

evan Evan Chamberlain

Evan is an artist and glass blower from Bainbridge Island, Wa. He started blowing at 16 and graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2010 and currently works and exhibits out of Brooklyn.
http://www.evanchamberlain.com/

grant Grant Garmezy

Raised on a farm outside of Nashville, Tennessee, Grant Garmezy began his artistic career working with metal and clay. He found glass in 2004 and has since been using the sculptural medium to create work influenced by his life on the farm. Garmezy now lives and works in Richmond, Virginia as a professional glass artist and continues to draw inspiration from the environment of the American south. Garmezy has studied with many world class artist. He has traveled all over the United States and as far as the Northlands of Scotland and Seoul, South Korea to demonstrate his craft.

Brooklyn Glass Instructor Hannah Cowen

Hannah Cowen received her BFA from Alfred University school of Art and Design with a concentration in glass and sculpture. She started out doing mostly furnace work, and blown objects but later moved more into the realm of neon sculpture. Hannah has exhibited her work around the country in multiple states including New York, Virginia, and Wisconsin. Hannah has also received a quality glass education while studying down in North Carolina at Penland School of Crafts. Her work tends to primarily focus on universal ideas through many perspectives.You can find more about her work on her website at:

http://hannah-cowen.squarespace.com/

isaac Isaac Tecosky

Isaac Tecosky graduated from Hampshire College in 2006 with a concentration in sculpture. Following graduation, he began an informal apprenticeship within the Brooklyn glass community and never looked back. Over the course of nearly a decade, he has had a hand in numerous projects, from creating one-of-a-kind artworks to heading factory-style production lines. Until recently, Isaac was the head gaffer for the lighting design company Niche Modern. He currently works as a freelance glassmaker and experienced teacher.
http://www.isaactecosky.com/

jordan Jordan Smith

Jordan Smith, a professional scientific glass blower, spends his time attempting to meld functionality and beauty while experimenting with new and novel glass techniques.

He currently resides in Philadelphia and is a graduate of Salem Community College’s scientific glass technology program, which is the only degree in achievable scientific glassworking domestically. Jordan began blowing glass in Florida early 2006 and looks forward to a life of melting. He spent 4 years with H.S. Martin, a custom scientific glass shop, and is currently the resident scientific glassworker for Brooklyn Glass and runs his own fabrication company SandSmith Studios.

joseph Joseph Cavalieri

Joseph Cavalieri runs CAVAglass studios, in the East Village of Manhattan. His work can be seen in the permanent collection of the Museum of Arts and Design (NYC), the Leslie-Lohman Museum (NYC). His MTA Arts for Transit public art commission can be seen at the Philipse Manor Train Station in Westchester, New York. Joseph’s subjects range from depictions of the Simpsons and Jackie O, to portraits of Agnes Moorehead and Isaac Hayes. He works in a material with a powerful spiritual history: painted stained glass. Since 1997 Joseph has taught workshops around the world, and has been invited to over ten artist residencies. In 2015 he was the keynote speaker for the Glass Society of Ireland and NCAD Glass Conference. 

Cavalieri comes from a design background, art directing at GQ and People Magazines. Cavalieri’s aim is to merge contemporary imagery with the time-honored processes of painted stained glass. This technique was originally created by Medieval stained glass artists, and uses enamel paints which are made of ground glass, metals and pigment. These paints are applied to the glass surface then kiln fired at a temperature of 1300 degrees fahrenheit (700 degrees celsius). Once cooled the glass is soldered together with lead. Most of Joseph’s work is set into wall hung stainless steel light boxes with internal LED lighting.

josh Josh Raiffe

While pursuing a BFA at Tyler School of Art Joshua Raiffe worked for Belle Mead Hot Glass, producing blown chandelier parts. As a student he also taught classes at the Crefeld School. Upon graduating from Tyler, Rai e received the Steve Stormer Award and the Penland Partner Scholarship, which allowed him to attend the Penland School of Crafts. He has also been fortunate enough to attend classes at Pilchuck and the Bullseye Resource Center in Santa Fe. Joshua has taught glass classes at the Tyler School of Art, East Falls Glassworks, Brooklyn Glass and Urban Glass. In addition to teaching Joshua Rai e also assists with the fabrication of glass by artists Thaddeus Wolf, Rob Wynne, Mitchiko Sakano, Jamie Harris and Deborah Czeresko. He has shown his art at the Philadelphia Art Alliance, the Sculpture Gym, and the Spirit of the Artist in Philadelphia.

http://raiffeglass.com/

leo Leo Tecosky

Tecosky’s work is a reflection of cultural exchange, travel and experience. Working with traditional glassblowing and neon bending techniques, the artist has recently begun experimenting with the screen printing process; taking printmaking to a different and more sculptural level by allowing for a collage of 3D glass imagery. Outside of the glass studio Mr. Tecosky creates sculpture and installation using found and constructed elements. With a BFA from Alfred University with a concentration in neon and stone sculpture, Tecosky teaches at studios and schools in Brooklyn, nationally and internationally. Having recently completed his MFA from The School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, Leo lives and works in Brooklyn, NY blowing glass and maintaining a studio practice.

http://www.leotecosky.com/

Lindsay Woodruff Lindsay Woodruff

Lindsay Woodruff grew up surrounded by glass in Corning, NY and has been working with glass since 2006. Specializing in flameworking, she as studied under Jim Byrnes, Steve Sizelove, and Matt Eskuche. She has worked at The Corning Museum of Glass as a tour guide, blogger, and studio instructor. Since moving to Brooklyn in 2013, she has written for GLASS Quarterly and briefly served as the magazine's Acting Managing Editor, has worked as an intern and a Studio Assistant at UrbanGlass, and as an assistant to Andrew Erdos. She holds a BS in Art History & Museum Professions from the Fashion Institute of Technology.

silverman Lorin Silverman

Lorin Silverman is a NYC glass artist who started working with glass in his early teens. He is the founder and owner of Eidos Glass Designs, LLC., a company dedicated to the
meticulous design of handcrafted lighting and home décor. Lorin received his BFA in Glass from Alfred University and has studied with Italian maestros Dino Rossin, Pino Signoretto, and the late Elio Quarisa. Lorin is a frequent instructor at The Corning Museum of Glass. In addition to making his own glass art, Lorin works with artists and designers who use glass as a medium, helping them create their work. Lorin’s work has exhibited at galleries in NYC, Philadelphia, Virginia and at The Studio at The Corning Museum of Glass. His work is also in several private collections.
http://www.eidosglassdesigns.com/

mark Mark Naylor

Mark is originally from York, PA . He became interested in glass during high school after sapping glass rods on a torch. During his two years at Rochester Institute of Technology a larger scale of glass sculpting was explored. The instantaneous process of interacting with and responding to the molten material was tantalizing but questions surfaced.
http://markonaylor.com/

perez Matthew Day Perez

Matthew Day Perez Received his BFA from Illinois State University and his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. Continuously experimenting with the potential of combining, subverting, and exploiting materials Matthew works with a diverse set of media; glass, printed matter, digital media, and installation.

Perez has received many awards including the Fulbright, the John Rena National Endowments for the Arts Scholarship, a U.S. State Department Grant for new works, a Lois Roth Grant as well as residencies at The Corning Museum of Glass, The Creative Glass Center of America, and Pilchuck glass School. He has lectured at several academic/creative institutions both domestically and abroad in addition to numerous exhibitions in the United States, Australia, Asia, and New Zealand.

Michael Helt Michael Helt

Michael Helt is a New York City native and lives in Brooklyn. He received his BFA in Sculpture from Pratt Institute currently works at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  He has worked with divergent material from stone to plastics, always looking for a technical mastery of the medium in which he is creating.   Michael’s concentrates primarily on   flame working with borosilicate glass.   Michael finds that glass is an ideal medium to manipulate and experiment with to create object of unique beauty. 

knox Michelle Knox

Michelle Knox is originally a New Jersey native. She relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1997 where she attended and graduated from The California College of the Arts in 2000 with a Bachelors of Fine Art: emphasis in Glass. For more than 15 years, Michelle has studied art and specifically glass making at internationally recognized glass institutes. Ms. Knox has studied under many respected artists like Clifford Rainey, Pamina Traylor, Therman Statom, Deb Czeresko, Silvia Levenson and most recently Gene Koss at Tulane University where she received her MFA on full scholarship in 2011. Some recent venues for her work have included the Oakland Museum, The Museum of Craft and Design and the National Liberty Museum, along with numerous other fine art galleries. Trained as a glass blower, Michelle 's skills are not limited; she is well versed in glass casting, kiln forming, cold working, metal fabrication and woodworking. Michelle currently lives and works in Brooklyn NY
http://www.michelleknox.com/

NORIKO TSUJI Noriko Tsuji
Pamela Sabroso Pamela Sabroso

Pamela Sabroso lives in Brooklyn, NY. She works as an artist assistant for Jeff Zimmerman and teaches several small workshops at Brooklyn Glass. Her interest include glass blowing, neon and hula hooping. She has a B.F.A from Virginia Commonwealth University.
http://pamelasabroso.com/

Robert Burch
Roxanne Slate
sean Sean R. Baumbach

Sean R. Baumbach, Born in Cazenovia, NY. Studied Art and Animation at the Art Institute in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl; also Fine Art and Sculpture at PRATT @M.W.P.I. in Utica, NY. Sean discovered hot glass/flame-working in Southern California near Hermosa Beach where he began working with borosilicate glass in a production studio called Global Soul. It was while working with this company that he honed his skills on the torch. Sean has been working for the last 7 years in New York, NY. His glass work focuses on precision and the ability to repeat small items for use in functional objects.

slates Slate Grove

Slate Grove was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa in 1979. Slate was first introduced to glass in 2002 while attending the Cleveland Institute of Art, where he continued his studies until receiving his BFA degree in 2006. Slate spent two years in New York City working as an artist and instructor at UrbanGlass in Brooklyn, NY. From there, he accepted the position of Glass Studio Coordinator at Penland School of Crafts, in Penland, N.C., where he worked until returning to academia for graduate school in 2010. Slate spent three years refining his artistic practice at Illinois State University before receiving his MFA in 2013. Slate was chosen a “Rising Star” by the Florida Glass Art Alliance for the 2013 Glass Weekend at Wheaton Village in Millville, NJ. Slate is currently represented by Habatat Galleries in Royal Oak, MI. Slate’s work has been exhibited in Riihimaki, Finland; Seattle, WA; Chicago, IL; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; New York, NY; Cleveland, OH; and Louisville, KY. Slate has taught at Illinois State University, Normal, IL; Tavastia College, Nuutajarvi, Finland; Snow Farm: The New England Craft Program, Williamsburg, MA; 160 Glass, Brooklyn, NY and Urban Glass, Brooklyn, NY as well as having been a visiting artist at Massachusetts College of Art, Rochester Institute of Technology and Iowa State University.

www.slategrove.com/

flame work Starr Eaddy

Fascinated by fire since birth, Starr approaches her flame work as one would a martial arts or yoga practice. Studio time is a welcomed session that carries the potential to grow, to learn, and to experience awe. Each handcrafted soda lime glass bead is a tiny elemental orb designed to provoke pleasure, contemplation or comfort. She enjoys sharing her passion for glass with others.
 

Neon Sign, Stephanie Lifshutz, Stephanie Lifshutz

Stephanie is an artist and photographer residing in Brooklyn, NY.  She first began working with glass and neon while working toward her MFA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Stephanie pursues her art with an interdisciplinary approach, and incorporates that theme into her photography, printmaking, and sculpture.

Her latest body of work has been about the universal experiences and emotions we share even though her work comes from a very personal place as a female, Jewish artist.  Stephanie often thinks about our private spaces and the different ways we present them (as well as ourselves) depending on who we interact with.  

www.StephanieSaraLifshutz.com

Victor I. Urtuzuastegui Victor I. Urtuzuastegui

Victor I. Urtuzuastegui is a young recent graduate from the School of Visuals arts with a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts. Originally from Mexico, Victor is a multidisciplinary artist that pursues to encompass the fast pace, readily obsolete , disposable nature of our times though interactive works of Art. Having lived in many countries around the world, Victor Urtuzuastegui aims to promote the use of technology for a more human purpose, and not for profit. His medium varies from video, installation work, biology and science in general. He’s participated in award winning projects that grace upon the realities of sustainability and innovation. For more information visit www.urtstudio.com

bill William Couig

William Couig is a glass artist living and working in New York City. After receiving a B.A. in Literature and Writing from the Johns Hopkins University, Bill discovered glass while spending a year backpacking around the world. While working as a gaffer and designer in New York, Bill began developing his Logic Series of multiple component structures and soon became his primary sculptural endeavor. In 2003, Bill was awarded a residency at Wheaton Village in Millville, New Jersey as part of the Creative Glass Center of America’s Fellowship Program. While there he worked on new designs for his Logic Series as well as developing the design work he does under the name FurthurDesign. In the following years, his work was twice included in The Smithsonian Craft Show as well as SOFA New York in Chicago. At the same time, FurthurDesign has established itself as vital contributor to the New York design landscape, participating in AD Home Show and Accent on Design at NYNOW while also developing collaborative commissions with a variety of clients including Calvin Klein Home, Luis Vuitton and Eleven Madison Park.
www.furthurdesign.com