Debra Ruzinsky

Debra Ruzinsky

Smithville, TN, USA


I am a glass artist and educator living in Smithville, Tennessee. I serve as Director of the Appalachian Center for Craft, a campus of Tennessee Tech University's School of Art, Craft, and Design, which teaches fine craft in glass, metals, clay, wood, and fiber. At first I was drawn to the physicality of blowing glass—to the movement and challenge and immediacy of it all. Over time, my focus has shifted to kiln work, using lost wax and mold-making in slower, more deliberate ways, to carve out sculptural works that explore opacity and translucence, delving into ideas about belief, and the mutability of identity.


  • casting
  • fusing/slumping
  • kilnforming


Business Name:
Appalachian Center for Craft