Heather McElwee obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The Center for Creative Studies in 2001 under the direction of Herb Babcock. She has studied at Pilchuck Glass School, Penland School of Crafts, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and the Corning Museum of Glass as well as being a glass instructor at the Pittsburgh Glass Center. Her work is an investigation of the relationship of vessel to architecture, and has been shown in galleries across the country. Recently she has been collaborating with husband Chris Clarke on a series of pieces inspired by their joint love of collecting antique objects with beautiful forms such as oilcans and fishing lures. She and her husband have also spent the last 10 years pouring their creative talent into restoring their 1910 Arts and Crafts foursquare home to its original glory.
Currently, Heather works as the Executive Director at the Pittsburgh Glass Center overseeing classes, residencies and exhibitions. She has curated numerous shows in PGC’s Hodge Gallery including “Implied Narratives”, “Lifeforms” and the nationally recognized exhibition “Well Hung: Chandeliers Revealed”. In May 2007 she earned her Masters of Arts Management degree from Carnegie Mellon University.