Former Board Directory

Rik Allen

Rik Allen, Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Allen has had solo exhibitions of his sculptures through out the country, including this past year at the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame, and shows this year at the Traver Gallery, Blue Rain Gallery, and Thomas Riley Galleries. His present series of work has been in the form of spacecraft, rockets and scientific apparatus. While many of Allen’s pieces have a reference to his curiosity in science, they also convey humor, simple narratives, and lightheartedness that an antiquated vision of the future that much of science fiction embody. This year his work has been featured and reviewed in American Craft Magazine, Glass Art Magazine and Launch Magazine. He was a member of the William Morris Sculpture team for 12 years. In addition to being an artist, he and his wife, Shelley, have taught internationally at the Toyama Institute of Glass In Toyama, Japan, and the International Glass Festival in Stourbridge, England, through out the US, including Penland School of Craft and Pittsburgh Glass center and summer of 2009 at Pilchuck.  Together they share glass and sculpture studios and their home in Sedro-Woolley, WA.
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Pat Bako

PatBako_headshot.jpgPat Bako served on the Glass Art Society Board of Directors from June 2010 - November 2011. Bako graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2002 with a BFA and has also studied at the Penland School of Crafts, Pilchuck Glass School, and with Jìrí Harcuba in the Czech Republic. She has extensive experience at Pilchuck Glass School—as a student as well as artist assistant, summer staff member, emerging artist in residence, and special events manager. She was the glass department manager at Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle, Washington, from 2004 to 2008. Bako has also taught classes in coldworking, fusing, slumping, pâte de verre, and kilncasting at various locations, including Pittsburgh Glass Center, Rochester Institute of Technology, the Glass Furnace in Istanbul, and Pratt Fine Arts Center.

Bako currently lives and works in Seattle and has exhibited internationally. Some recent exhibitions include Encaustic Show and A Look Back at Viscosity in Seattle, Encaustic Expressions at the McLeod Residence, and two shows at the Pratt Fine Arts Center Gallery. Her work appeared in Bullseye’s E-merge (first prize, functional category) in Portland in 2004. Her cut and carved sculptures can be seen at Vetri Gallery in Seattle.

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Paula Bartron

Paula Bartron was born in California and resides in Stockholm, Sweden. She received a BA Design in Ceramics and Glass (1970) and an MA in Design in Glass (1972) under Marvin Lipofsky, from the University of California at Berkeley. She attended the Orrefors Glass School, Sweden 1973-74 and completed apprenticeships/assistantships in the US and Finland. Her concentration is on unique and experimental works of art in glass. She has had numerous one-person shows and group exhibitions throughout Scandinavia, Europe, the US and Japan. Her work is included in museum and public collections thoughout the world and particularly Sweden. She started the studio glass program at Konstfack, University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in 1975 and currently is a Senior Lecturer there. She also does guest teaching, symposia, and workshops, most notably at Pilchuck Glass School and others in Europe, Japan and the US.

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Lucy Bergamini

Lucy Bergamini attended the California College of Arts and Crafts and has run her own business, Vitriesse Glass, for sixteen years. In addition to producing an annual line of glass jewelry and vessels, she is the proprietor of Vitriesse, a retail gallery in Weston, VT. Her work is in the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, among others. She is the mother of Lina and a well-established presence in the East Coast crafts show circuit.

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Eddie Bernard

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. Wet Dog Glass, LLC is a small business that designs and manufactures high end glass processing equipment for artists in private studios, universities, public access studios and museums across the United States as well as internationally in such countries as Japan, Turkey, Scotland, Norway, and Australia. As an artist, Eddie has instructed numerous hot glass sculpting workshops at Penland School of Craft; Glass Furnace, Istanbul, Turkey; and The Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass. In 2002, Eddie and his wife, Angela founded Conti St. Glass, a community access studio in New Orleans, LA. After Hurricane Katrina, they reconstituted the concept as a non-profit organization named New Orleans Creative Glass Institute. Eddie served on the Board of Directors of the Glass Art Society from 2004-2011, and has recently overseen the creation of a second community access glass studio named GlassLab in Star, NC.

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Anna Boothe

Anna Boothe
, Past President, trained as a sculptor at the Rhode Island School of Design, where she began working with glass in 1980. With a MFA from the Tyler School of Art, she served as a member of the school’s Glass Program faculty for 16 years. From 2003-2007, she coordinated and helped to institute the Glass Art Degree Program at Salem Community College in southern New Jersey, where she chaired the annual International Flameworking Conference. Boothe served on the Glass Art Society’s Board of Directors from 1998-2006, and was President of the organization from 2004-2006. Boothe has taught lost wax and traditional pate de verre casting at numerous facilities, a few that include the Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass, Urban Glass, the Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pilchuck Glass School, many university settings, and at glass schools in Belgium, Switzerland, Turkey, and Japan. In past years, she has lectured at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Virginia Commonwealth University, the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Illinois State University, Illinois-Wesleyan University, Sheridan College in Toronto and the Everhart Museum in Scranton, PA. Boothe’s sculpture has been exhibited at the Tittot Glass Art Museum (Taiwan), the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum, the Museum of American Glass, the Toledo Museum of Art, and the Kentucky Museum of Art and Design, and is in the permanent collections of the Corning Museum of Glass, The Tacoma Museum of Art and in numerous private collections. Recently, she accepted the position of Director of Glass at the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia.

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Robin Cass

Robin Cass has been a faculty member in the Glass Program at the Rochester Institute of Technology since 1998. Cass earned her BFA at the Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA from Alfred University. She has been invited to teach glassblowing and exhibit her sculptural work internationally, and has received fellowships and grants from Wheaton Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Glass & Ceramic Center of Seto, Japan.  Cass has lead workshops at Pilchuck Glass School, Haystack, The Studio at Corning Museum of Glass and elsewhere. While on sabbatical from RIT next year, she’ll be teaching and making work at the Osaka University of Arts in Japan.

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Chris Clarke 

Chris Clarke has been the Director of Studios and Technology at the Pittsburgh Glass Center since it opened in October 2001. He is responsible for the management, usage, maintenance, and improvements of the PGC facility and its technology, including computer and phone systems, HVAC, and all studios—plus two 1,000 lb. furnaces, eight glory holes, and more than 30 kilns. He earned his BFA in sculpture from Massachusetts College of Art in Boston and an MFA in glass from Kent State University in Ohio. He received the Creative Glass Center of America fellowship in 2000. He has worked as an artist, metal fabricator, and craftsman for 15+ years, and his work has been exhibited at museums and galleries across the country. When not in the PGC studios, Clarke can be found either restoring his 1910 Arts and Crafts home or fly fishing in Pennsylvania’s beautiful streams.

Chris joined the Glass Art Society Board in June 2011.
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Shane Fero

Shane Fero, Past President, was born in Chicago, IL in 1953 and has been a flameworker for 40 years and maintains a studio next to Penland School in North Carolina.  He participates in international symposia and conferences by lecturing, and demonstrating. Fero is also an educator and has taught at institutions such at Penland School, Urban Glass, the Pratt Fine Arts Center, the Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass, the University of Michigan, Eugene Glass School, Espace Verre, Montreal, Quebec, the Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pilchuck Glass School, Bild-Werk, Frauenau, Germany, the International Glass Festival in Stourbridge, UK, Scuola Bubacco, Murano, Italy, Chameleon Studio, Tasmania, Australia and in Seto, Osaka, and the Niijima Glass Art Center in Japan. His work can be found in collections both private and public institutions worldwide. He has had over 23 solo exhibitions since 1992 and has participated in over 400 group exhibitions during his career.  He has been honored with three retrospectives; a 30 year at the Berkowitz Gallery at the University of Michigan in 1999, a 40 year at the Huntsville Museum of Art in 2008 and at the Christian Brothers University in 2010. His work can be found in over 20 museum collections worldwide including the Museum of Art & Design, NY, GlasMuseum, Denmark, the Asheville Art Museum, NC, the Huntsville Museum of Art, AL, the Museum fur Glaskunst, Lauscha, Germany, and the Nijiima Contemporary Glass Museum in Japan. He is currently Past President of the Board of Directors of the Glass Art Society, having finished his presidency in June 2010. Shane Fero was awarded the Lifetime Membership Honorary Award in 2014 at the Chicago Glass Art Society Conference.

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Lance Friedman 

Lance Friedman is an independent, mixed-media artist. He has been the owner of Shatter Glass Group Inc., a private hot shop in Chicago’s inner city, for the past 25 years. His work appears in numerous private collections and was recently selected for inclusion in the permanent collection of the Corning Museum of Glass. Friedman was an instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has taught and lectured internationally. Chicago critic and writer James Yood selected Friedman as the “new talent for the millennium” for the millennium issue of Glass Magazine. Engagements for 2010 include a residency at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma and a return to The Studio at The Corning Museum of Glass. He has published widely. In 2007–2008, he served as visiting artist, lecturer, and graduate show critiquer at Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. He has also taught at Alfred University, Ohio State University, Center for Creative Studies, Aichi University, Utatsuyama Crafts Workshop, and Espace Verre. Friedman’s own education includes a BFA with Honors & High Distinction from California College of Arts and Crafts, where he studied with Marvin Lipofsky. He holds U.S. and Taiwan patents for his glass design. Friedman says he has always believed that art is the process of asking better questions, challenging conventional wisdom, and overturning assumptions and prejudices that get in the way of imagining new possibilities. Through his work, he seeks to restore a visual sense of wonder in an increasingly jaded public consciousness.
Lance Friedman joined the Glass Art Society Board of Directors in June 2010 and elected to serve a second term in September 2013.
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Beth Ann Gerstein

Beth Ann Gerstein, past Secretary, is the Executive Director of The Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, Massachusetts. Established in 1897, SAC is the oldest non-profit craft organization in the U.S. SAC has a retail and an exhibition gallery; produces craftguide, a guide to crafts in Central New England; produces CRAFTBOSTON features 175 studio artists, a bookseller, non-profit craft organizations and an educational lecture series; SAC Artist Symposium, workshops on marketing and business issues; SAC Artist Awards, cash grants for artists; and the Medal for Excellence in Craft Award (2001 Recipient: Lino Tagliapietra).

Gerstein holds an MFA in jewelry and metalsmithing from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan. She currently a board member of the Glass Art Society, and Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts. She was a juror for the 2003 St. Louis Art Fair and was a juror for the 2002 Smithsonian Craft Show and Co-Chair of the 2000 Society of North American Goldsmiths conference held in Boston.

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Kim Harty


Kim Harty is is an artist, writer, and educator who is interested in the intersection of craft, technology, and performance.  Kim has exhibited and performed in galleries and museums across the country in addition to being a contributor to GLASS Quarterly and the editor of GASnews.  Kim holds an MFA in Art and Technology Studies from the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA in Glass from the Rhode Island School of Design.  She recently completed the Pilchuck Emerging Artist Residency and is currently participating in the year-long BOLT Residency at the Chicago Artist Coalition in Chicago, IL.

Kim joined the Glass Art Society Board of Directors in September 2013 and became Vice President in March 2014. Kim also actis as the Editor of GASnews and the GAS Journal.

Lattice Mountain (2012) 60x24x36inches

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F.G. "Rick" Heath

/cgi/content.cgi/RickHeath_headshot.jpg?id=4521&name=RickHeath+headshot.jpgF.G. "Rick" Heath is a Mechanical Engineer and has spent most of his life in the manufacture of capital goods. He is currently Principal of Heath and Associates, a consulting group that provides litigation support in product liability matters. Rick and his wife, Merrily Orsini, are avid collectors of contemporary glass art and they reside in Louisville, Kentucky, where glass art is gaining momentum in the creative community.

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Susan Holland-Reed

Susan Holland-Reed holds degrees a BFA and an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. She has had exhibitions at the Tucson Museum of Art, Museum of American Glass, MIT Museum, Fuller Museum, Newport Art Museum, Eliott Brown Gallery, Bryan Ohno Gallery, Rochester Institute of Technology, Wheeler Gallery, Port of Seattle, Connections Gallery, Slovak Embassy, and the Glass Collection at Lednicke Rovne. Her work is held in collections at Rutgers University, Brown University, and the Museum of American Glass. She has received numerous awards, including the Case Gold Medal for Design in Collaboration with Richard Fishman, Kathryn DeBoer, and Alyssa Zelman. She has written for several publications, and has been a guest lecturer for the International Glass Symposium, Lednicke Rovne, Slovak Republic, Conference Speaker, and Sofa Chicago '99.

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Dinah Hulet

Dinah Hulet has been working with glass for 30 years and her work currently focuses on portraiture and the figurative murrina technique. She holds advanced degrees in information science and musicology and has a deep interest in the glass of antiquity. Dinah's work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in the United States and Europe, and she has taught at the Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC, The Corning Studio, Corning, NY, UrbanGlass, Brooklyn, NY and Centro Studio Vetro, Venice, Italy.

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Geoff Isles

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Geoff Isles has been involved in many capacities within the world of glass. He graduated from Tulane University and continued his studies taking two concentrations at Penland School of Crafts under Fritz Dreisbach. Soon after returning to New York City, he joined the Board of the New York Experimental Glass Workshop, leading the effort to move the studio to Brooklyn and changing it to UrbanGlass. He taught Product Design at Parson's School of Design throughout the 1990's, starting their glass program within the department. Geoff is the Vice Chairman and the Chair of the Collections Committee of the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA and is also on the Board of the Newcomb Art Gallery at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. His By-Line, the Glass Eye, can be read in each issue of GLASS: the UrbanGlass Quarterly magazine. He is also the past Editor of GASnews, the Glass Art Society newsletter.

Geoff served on the Glass Art Society Board of Directors from June 2009 - March 2014.

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BJ Katz


Inspired by the world’s great art glass houses, BJ Katz’s vision was to create a studio artistic community where she and others would work together creating works of contemporary art glass for public and private commissions.  Her studio, Meltdown Glass Art & Design, has grown over its twenty year history.  Meltdown Glass is an 18,400 sq. ft. state-of-the-art glass studio in Tempe, AZ.  Katz now works as Katz + Klein with art partner, Chris Klein.  Teamwork is her studio’s philosophy, following the art glass tradition.  Katz credits the eleven other talented and dedicated Meltdown Glass studio staff who she has trained in her technique.  Large-scale public art glass installations are Katz’s forte—art glass integrated into architecture.  Completed commissions are shown on  Meltdown Glass studio also fabricates artwork for other artists.  Katz loves being part of an international community of artists. 

BJ joined the Glass Art Society Board of Directors in June 2012.

Galaxy Wall 12' H x 40' W, cast glass wtih dichroic. (Katz + Klein, 2010)

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Ki-Ra Kim

Ki-Ra Kim was born in Incheon, Korea in 1959 and studied Ceramics at Hong-Ik University, Korea. After earning MFA and BFA In Glass from the Rhode Island School of Design, Ki-Ra Kim also attended with scholarship at Pilchuck Glass School in 1989. She returned to Korea in 1989 and was instrumental in introducing Studio Glass into Korea. She held up to 2008 one-person exhibition nine times and participated in numerous group shows in such countries as Korea, U.S.A, Japan, Australia etc. She has published in 2003 a textbook on glassmaking, entitled “Working with Glass.” She is a member of the 2005-2009 Glass Art Society Board of Directors. Currently she is full-time instructor of Glass Art and Design MFA program at Kookmin University in Seoul, Korea. She works with the dual attributes of glass: strong and fragile, soft and sharp in an attempt to express her feelings through the transparent glass. She also express her daily life through opaque glass.

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Kim Koga

Kim Koga grew up in Southern California, and attended Humboldt State and San Jose State Universities where she studied ceramics and printmaking. She has been working with neon since 1989, and is the Executive Director of the Museum of Neon Art. MONA was founded in 1981 to exhibit, document and preserve outstanding examples of neon signs and contemporary neon and electric art. The museum, currently celebrating its 25th year, is in a phase of expansion and relocation in downtown Los Angeles.

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Tom Kreager

Tom Kreager
received his MFA from the University of Illinois and his BFA from Ohio State University. He is currently Assistant Professor of Art at Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska, teaching glass art, as well as sculpture and ceramics. He has been a teaching assistant and staff member at Pilchuck Glass School numerous times, and a visiting artist at the Chadron State College, New Orleans Glass Works, Ohio State University, The Golden Glass Studio and School, and many others. His work has been exhibited throughout the U.S.

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Peter Layton

Peter Layton has worked for nearly 40 years to develop and promote glass art in the UK and Europe. He was a founding member of two organizations—British Artists in Glass and the Contemporary Glass Society—and he has served as chairman for both. A jury member for the British Glass Biennale, Layton established the valuable Glass Sellers Prize. This Prague-born, England-raised artist received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Bradford for his contribution to the Arts and Crafts, has been granted the Freedom of the City of London, and is an Honorary Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers. He is also the author of Glass Art and Peter Layton and Friends. A ceramics artist initially, Layton was introduced to Studio Glass by Tom McGlaughlin in the mid-’60s at the University of Iowa. While teaching in the U.S., he worked with Harvey Littleton and Marvin Lipofsky, and with Sam Herman, helping to build the first furnace at the Glasshouse in Covent Garden. Layton subsequently created his own studio at Morar in Scotland and established a glass department at Hornsey College of Art (Middlesex University). In 1976, Layton opened the London Glassblowing Workshop. Its gallery has hosted international group shows, including a recent selection from the British Glass Biennale. Layton is known for his flair with color in blown work. His sculptural pieces are ambitious, often provocative, and occasionally subversive. In his blown work, he strives to achieve a form of controlled asymmetry. He develops his works by “sketching on the blowing iron,” in the belief that an understanding of the work is best achieved through making. He often finds inspiration from something observed while beachcombing or traveling.
Peter Layton served on the Glass Art Society Board of Directors from June 2010 - March 2014.
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Jiyong Lee

Jiyong Lee is a studio artist and educator who lives and works in Carbondale, Illinois. An associate professor of art at Southern Illinois University, Lee has headed the glass program there since 2005. Lee was born and raised in South Korea. He earned his MFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York and taught there for several years. As a visiting artist, he also has taught at the Pilchuck Glass School, the Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass, the Pittsburgh Glass Center, the Domaine de Boisbuchet in France, Canberra Glassworks in Australia, Fire Station Artists’ Studios in Dublin, Ireland, and various other art institutes and universities nationally and internationally. Lee has served as a member of the board of directors for the Glass Art Society since 2009. He has won a number of honors, including the Emerging Artist Award from the Glass Art Society, the Saxe Award from the Pilchuck Glass School, and several scholarships from the Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass. His work was featured in New Glass Review 24 and 32 and has been exhibited and collected nationally and internationally. Recent highlights include an acquisition by the Corning Museum and a solo exhibit at the Duane Reed Gallery in St. Louis.
Jiyong joined the Glass Art Society Board of Directors in June 2009.

Genetic Building Block series, yellow & green 11x11x11"

Jeremy Lepisto

Jeremy Lepisto, President, is a studio glass artist who has
recently relocated to Canberra, Australia from Portland, Oregon. He creates works that use imagery inspired by his everyday surroundings to explore the complex in the common and to comment on the condition of the spaces that we all share. In 2001, he co-founded Studio Ramp LLC with his wife and partner Mel George. Studio Ramp LLC was a custom kiln forming fabrication studio that translates artists and architects designs into glass from concept to completion. Jeremy has taught kiln forming classes and workshops in the U.S. and internationally. He worked at the Bullseye Glass factory in both their glass production and Research and Education departments. Jeremy received his BFA in glass and metals from Alfred University in 1997. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Glass Art Society.


David Levi

David Levi graduated with a BFA in Ceramics in 1982 from Washington University in St. Louis, his hometown. He did an apprenticeship at a small production glass studio in Sweden, and founded IBEX Glass Studio as a three-person partnership in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1985. David relocated IBEX to Washington State in 1993. David’s individual work can be viewed at the William Traver Gallery. For twenty-something years he’s relied on glass to make a living, doing many  things, including making and marketing tabletop ware, exhibiting in glass art galleries, designing and making prototypes for industry, teaching workshops at craft schools, gaffing for artists, and contracting to architects, designers and lighting companies. 

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Beth Lipman

Beth Lipman is the Head of Glass for the Worcester Center for Crafts in Worcester, MA and was the Education Director at UrbanGlass in Brooklyn, NY from 1997 to 2000. She received her BFA at Tyler School of Art, Temple University in 1994. She is represented by Heller Gallery in New York City and has exhibited her work throughout the country including the Bronx Museum of Art, the Islip Art Museum, the Fine Art Museum of Long Island, and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. She has taught at numerous schools including New York University, UrbanGlass, Parsons School of Design, the Bard Graduate Center for the Decorative Arts, Penland School of Crafts, and The Studio at the Corning Museum.

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Jay Macdonell

Jay Macdonell is a classically trained glassblower who has worked for many Pacific Northwest studios and artists as a gaffer, design consultant and project manager. He has taught at various schools including Espace Verre, Bay Area Glass Institute and Pilchuck Glass School. He has been a gaffer for Pilchuck in many capacities for artists such as Xu Bing, Jiri Harcuba, Barbera Cooper, Heather Oakson and Angelo Filmeno. He has been artist in residence at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, The Bay Area Glass Institute and ACAD. His work is in many private collections such as Elton John, the Bronfman family's Clairage collection and also The Museum of Glass and the Montreal Museum's permanent collection.
Jay Macdonell served on the Glass Art Society Board of Directors from June 2010 - March 2014 and as Vice-President from June 2012 - December 2013.
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Roger MacPherson


Roger MacPherson, owner of MacPherson Construction & Design, a construction, architectural, and interior design firm specializing in waterfront custom homes, renovations and artist studios in the Seattle area. Roger is currently a board member for Pilchuck Glass School serving as the 2014-2015 Auction Chair and sits on the development and facility committees. He is on the Advisory board and is the Past President of Pratt Fine Arts, where he also served as VP, Secretary, Auction Chair, and Facility chair. Roger was also the winner of Pratt’s highest honor, the “Service in Arts Award”. He recently served on the board for Artist Trust in Seattle as well. Roger currently sits on every standing committee at GAS, helping where he can. After taking several years of glass classes he has become a collector of glass as well. “I truly appreciate the artist’s abilities and skills and would like to support them by any means possible”.

Roger joined the Glass Art Society Board of Directors in June 2012 and served as Treasurer then Vice-President in November 2013 and became President in March 2014. He served as Treasurer from 2015-2017.

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Caroline Madden

Caroline Madden, Secretary, is an educator/artist who teaches at the National College of Art and Design, Ireland. Received, MFA, Massachusetts College of Art Boston (1992). Professor of Art, Jacksonville University (1992-2007), directed, Governors High School Summer Program for Gifted and High Achieving Students (2001), (2003), inducted into, Society of Phi Kappa Phi (2006), co-founder and director, Glass Institute of the Southeast (1997-2000) and mentor to students presenting at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research. Visiting Assistant Professor of Art, School for American Craft, RIT (2001-2002) and taught workshops at Pilchuck Glass School, Urban Glass, Pittsburgh Glass Centre, the Fire Station Workshops. Maddens work is in collections of the National Museum, Ireland; Ulster Museum, Belfast; Lyrical Light, ; Cycles,

Caroline joined the Glass Art Society Board of Directors in June 2008, became Secretary in 2010 and finished in October 2013. 
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Robert Mickelsen

Robert Mickelsen, past Vice President, was born in 1951 in Fort Belvoir, Virginia and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. Robert's formal education ended after one year of college. He apprenticed with a professional lampworker for two years in the mid-seventies and then sold his own designs at outdoor craft fairs for ten years. In 1987 he took a class from Paul Stankard that opened his eyes to the possibilities of his medium. In 1989, he stopped doing craft shows and began marketing his work exclusively through galleries. Since then, his career has taken off. He shows his work in some of the finest galleries in the country and participates in dozens of prominent exhibitions each year.

His work is exhibited in many prominent collections including the Renwick Gallery of American Crafts at the Smithsonian Institution, The Corning Museum of Glass, and Pilchuck Glass School. He has taught extensively at the major glass schools, including Pilchuck, Penland School of Crafts, The Studio at The Corning Museum of Glass, and UrbanGlass in Brooklyn. He has filmed and produced two videos on his flameworking process, and has designed and maintains an elaborate web page dedicated to his own work and the galleries that represent him ( He has published numerous technical and historical articles as well as a web-book titled Mondo Fiamma, a World-wide Overview of Contemporary Flameworked Art (

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Jutta-Annette Page


JuttaAnnette Page, Past President, is Curator of Glass and Curator of Decorative Arts at the Toledo Museum of Art. She was the curator of European glass at The Corning Museum of Glass from 1993 to 2003. Jutta completed the equivalent of an MA in Visual Arts in Germany, studied jewelry design at San Diego State University and went on to receive an MAE in Jewelry/Metalsmithing at the Rhode Island School of Design. A few years later, Dr. Page earned her MA and PhD in the history of art and architecture from Brown University. A respected author in her field, she has completed numerous publications and lectured extensively. She has served as Secretary and Chair of the International Council of Museums' (ICOM) Glass Committee, and on the Board of the Creative Glass Center of America at Wheaton Village.

Jutta joined the Glass Art Society Board of Directors in January 2004. She served as Secretary from 2009-2010, Vice-President from 2010-2012 and President from June 2012 - March 2014.
Exterior of the Toledo Museum of Artphoto courtesy of floto + warner
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Charlotte Potter


Charlotte Potter is the Glass Studio Manager and Programming Director at the Chrysler Museum of Art. A conceptual artist and designer, she received a BFA from Alfred University and an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2010. Trained as a traditional glassblower, Potter is a pioneer in developing glass as performance medium. Along with the staff at the Chrysler Glass Studio, Ms. Potter has developed the acclaimed, Third Thursday Performance Series, now reaching a worldwide audience. Her work is an investigation of the interstices of human connection and has been exhibited at institutions such as The Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Boston MFA and the Shelburne Museum. Currently Charlotte is working towards exhibitions at (AiPAD) in New York and the Wichita Museum of Art.

Potter joined the Glass Art Society Board in June 2015.

Image Credits: Left - Portrait by photographer Echard Wheeler. Right - "Armor" 2014, 60x48x14 inches, Microscope slides, photo decals of the artist's skin, urethane, sterling silver.

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Stephen Rolfe Powell

StephenRolfePowell-Portrait-300dpi.jpegStephen Rolfe Powell studied painting and ceramics at Centre College and received a Bachelor of Arts degree. Before attending graduate school at Louisiana State University, Powell spent several years as an art instructor, first at the Draper State Prison and later at the Indian Springs School in Alabama. Between 1980 and 1983, he attended LSU and earned a Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics. It was during this time that Powell had his first experience with hot glass and it has since become a full-time obsession. His daily life revolves around it, whether he is teaching glass at Centre College or producing his own work.

Stephen Powell exhibits his work nationally and internationally and has participated in workshops, demonstrations, and lectures across the globe. He has worked in Russia, Ukraine, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan and demonstrated at multiple Glass Art Society Conferences, as well as the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. One of the highlights of his travels was an exhibition of his work at Venezia Aperto Vetro in the Palazzo Ducale in Venice, Italy. This honor was punctuated by the fact that he was one of only eight American artists invited.

Stephen Powell’s career from 1983 to 2007 was documented in the full-length book, “Stephen Rolfe Powell Glassmaker.” Published by the University Press of Kentucky, it was released in 2007.

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Kirstie Rea

Kirstie Rea
has worked in kilnformed glass for 20 years and been involved with the combination of kilnformed and blown glass since 1994. She studied with Klaus Moje at the Canberra School of Art; and coordinated the Bullseye "Latitudes" Project worldwide, and has been vice president of AusGlass, 1992-93. Recognized for her kilnformed glass, she divides her time working in her studio, and teaching at the Canberra School of Art and workshops internationally.

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Che Rhodes

Che Rhodes is Assistant Professor at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. He received an MFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Pennsylvania, where he was awarded a "Future Faculty" Fellowship. His work in blown and cast glass can be seen at, among others, the Marta Hewett Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Chris Rifkin

Chris Rifkin, after years as a printmaker and painter, has been working in stained glass since 1975, doing commissioned windows and autonomous works, Her work is in private collections and institutions, primarily in the Northeast. She is a graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and also studied at Boston University School of Fine Arts and Connecticut College, majoring in art. Chris currently serves on the boards of several art organizations and colleges: The Society of Arts and Crafts, The South Shore Art Center, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Massachusetts College of Art Foundation Board, and the Fuller Museum. She is Chair of The Friends of Glass as well as of CRAFTBOSTON.

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Tommie Rush

Tommie Rush lives and works in Knoxville, Tennessee. She earned her BFA at the University of Tennessee and has studied at the Arrowmont School of Crafts. Her work is included in the collections of the Mobile Museum of Art in Mobile, Alabama; the Sheldon Art Museum and Sculpture Garden in Lincoln, Nebraska; and the Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C., among others. She has recently shown at the Fine Arts Center in Colorado Springs, CO Lighthouse Center for the Arts in Tequesta Florida, the Odgen Museum in New Orleans, LA and the Mint Museum of Craft and Design in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is on the Glass Art Society board and the American Craft Council board and recently termed off the Penland School of Crafts board.

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Josh Simpson


Josh Simpson: The last thing I do before I go to bed is walk out to my studio to check the furnaces. Seeing an aurora borealis, or watching a thunderstorm develop down the valley, or just looking up at the sky on a perfect summer night inspires me to translate some of the wonder of the universe into my glass. That wonder comes out in my work, not in any purposeful way but slowly. My work evolves in such incremental steps that I often don't recognize the natural influences until someone points them out to me. Along with the natural world, my motivation comes directly from the material itself. Glass is an alchemic blend of sand and metallic oxides combined with extraordinary, blinding heat. The result is a material that flows and drips like honey. When it's hot, glass is alive. It moves gracefully and inexorably in response to gravity and centrifugal force. It possesses an inner light and transcendent radiant heat that makes it simultaneously one of the most frustrating - and one of the most rewarding - materials to work with. I attempt to coax it; all it wants to do is drip on the floor. Most of my work reflects a compromise between me and the glass; the finished piece is the moment in time when we agree. When I haven't made a particular kind of object for a while, it takes a day or two to get back into the rhythm. After only a few days, boredom sets in; at that point I can lose interest and make terrible work or I can begin to push the material and start to have fun. Exploring often leads to something new and interesting - sometimes it just adds more broken glass to the local landfill. I always seem to have more ideas than I will ever have time to make.

Josh was on the Glass Art Society Board of Directors from 1988-1994. He was Treasurer from 1990-1992 and President from 1992-1994.

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Wayne Strattman

Wayne Strattman received a Ph.D by published paper from the University of Sunderland in the UK in 2008 for his many years of work researching, writing, advocating for, and making sculpture with neon and other advanced forms of lighted glass. His background degree in engineering coupled with his work as a researcher, teacher, and artist combined over a career to produce over 100 articles, the industry standard textbook "Neon Techniques", and a large number of innovative lighting patents and products that featured techniques beyond conventional neon to make lighted sculpture as well as commercial products that have been sold internationally. His Boston based company; Strattman Design has also been a leader for decades in making custom sculpture, architectural installations and lighting. Also noted in the Ph.D was his advocacy work in promoting lighted glass sculpture as a board member for the Glass Art Society and for one of the largest neon production companies, Fallon Luminous Products. He also endowed a continuing lecture series for the Glass Art Society examining the state of glass art today, and has started and helped promote an annual neon show at each annual Glass Art Society conference since 1997. Dr Strattman has been previously honored with the American Business Press Associations award for technical journalism for his monthly column and was chosen to give the keynote address to the first World Neon Conference in Weisbaden Germany. Wayne Strattman unites artistry and technology in his Boston studio to create designs that find appreciative audiences from Hollywood to Vienna, Rio de Janeiro to Las Vegas, and just about everywhere in between. An engineer and a physicist by training, Wayne also applies his considerable skills to developing innovative practical applications for the technologies developed in his art, as both an independent developer and as a consultant to other developers.

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Elizabeth Swinburne

Elizabeth Swinburne
currently lives and works in Edinburgh. She is a highly respected artist, educator and curator working in glass and mixed media. Her career spans 25 years with work exhibited throughout Europe, the United States, South America and Japan. It is represented in major international collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Kunstmuseum, Düsseldorf; Hokkaido Museum, Japan; and the Museum of Applied Arts, Prague. Her work was selected for the 'New Glass Review' in 2003 and in 2006, when it was also chosen for inclusion in the Museum's publication: '25 years of the Corning Glass Review'.  In 2005 she was awarded the Joel Philip Myers prize at the International Exhibition of Glass Kanazawa. Alongside her own artistic career, Swinburne plays an active role in other aspects of the glass world ranging from acting as juror on International competitions to providing an international perspective on the Board of the Glassmuseet Ebeltoft, Denmark. From 1998 - 2003 she was the Artistic and Technical director of North Lands Creative Glass, a private glass school in the north of Scotland.

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Cappy Thompson


Cappy Thompson is an internationally acclaimed Seattle artist known for her mytho-poetic narratives on glass using the grisaille painting technique. Her pieces are in collections worldwide, including those of the Corning Museum of Glass, Tacoma Art Museum, Toyama City Institute of Glass Art, and Microsoft Corporation. Her public commissions include large-scale installations at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Evergreen State College, and Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. A recipient of an NEA fellowship and of Pilchuck’s John Hauberg Fellowship, she has also been artist in residence at Pilchuck and at Toyama City Institute. Thompson serves on the Bellevue Arts Museum Advisory Council and the Pilchuck Glass School’s Artistic Program Advisory Committee.

“Like the Medieval artists who painted on stained glass and the Greek artisans who painted clay pots,” says Thompson, “I paint pictorial narratives. My work is pulled in opposite directions by the panel and vessel forms. With a long history as a public art form, stained glass is an architectural medium that belongs to the collective. The vessel, on the other hand, exists on an intimate scale, relating to the individual in its form and function. This conflict finds expression in my work as a desire to communicate broadly on the one hand and an impulse to go deeply into the personal on the other.”

 Thompson has taught and lectured extensively. She is delighted to serve on the GAS Board.

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Pamina Traylor

Pamina Traylor, Treasurer, is an artist and educator, currently Senior Adjunct Professor at California College of the Arts where she was Interim Chair of the Glass Program 1999-2000.  In the fall of 2007, she was a visiting professor at the Osaka University of Art, Japan.  She received her M.F.A. from the Rochester Institute of Technology and her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College, with additional studies at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Pilchuck Glass School, and San Francisco State University. The Creative Glass Center of America awarded her a fellowship in both 2003 and 1995 and she received CCA Faculty Development Grants in 2007 and 1998.  She has lectured and demonstrated at schools in Australia and Japan and has taught workshops throughout the world, including The Glass Furnace, Istanbul, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Penland School of Crafts, The Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass, and Urban Glass. Her work is exhibited internationally and she is in the permanent collections of the Benton Art Museum, CT; Museum of American Glass, NJ; The Speed Art Museum, KY; Tittot Glass Art Museum, Taiwan; and Cam Ocagi, Istanbul among others. More of her work can be seen at

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Durk Valkema

Durk Valkema comes from a well-known family of glass artists in the Netherlands. He attended the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam and worked with Stanislav Libensky at the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague. Today, he operates in many venues, from the design and execution of his own sculptural works to engineering glass systems and equipment for studio artists in Europe and the U.S. Valkema works with both hot and cold glass to analyze the architectonic principles of form and to develop kinetic plays of shadow and light.

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Peter VanderLaan

Peter VanderLaan of Santa Fe, New Mexico, has been melting and working with glass for over 30 years. He combines science with his artwork, making all of his own colors as well as selling the excess and supplying crucibles to the glass industry through his company, Guadalupe Glass Corporation. Pete is currently at work on a book with Henry Halem to render studio glass chemistry, color and furnace construction into something reasonably understandable for the novice and intermediate mad scientist.

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Jack Wax

Jack Wax, Secretary, is an artist and Head of the Glass Program at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. He has taught at Illinois State University, the Rhode Island School of Design, Ohio State University, Philadelphia College of Art, Cleveland Institute of Art, and Tyler School of Art at Temple University. He also taught for five years in Japan at the Toyama Institute of Glass. He exhibits his work in galleries worldwide and is represented in several public collections.

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Harumi Yukatake

Harumi Yukatake has been a faculty member of the Toyama City Institute of Glass Art since 1997. She received her MFA in Glass from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1994 and her BFA from Tama Art University in 1989. She has been a student and Emerging Artist in Residence at Pilchuck, a Fellowship recipient at the Creative Glass Center of America, and recently completed a commission for the Corning Incorporated Headquarter Building in Corning, New York. Harumi's glass sculpture has been exhibited and included in collections in the U.S., Europe and Japan.

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