Alison Chism started her glass art career in 1986 at San Francisco State University. Upon graduation in 1989, she moved to Seattle where she worked in shops around Seattle and at Pilchuck Glass School. During her decade in fabulous Seattle, she ran her own glass art business, and honed her teaching skills. In 2000, she relocated to The Ohio State University where she obtained her M.F.A. In 2006, Alison became Assistant Professor of Art at Salisbury University, Salisbury MD.
Currently she is no longer affiliated with Salisbury University and is instead focused on her art.