After seeing glassblowing at the Oldway Art Center in Sperryville, Virginia, Erin Garmezy became enamored with glass as an artistic medium. At 17, she bargained with Oldway owner Eric Kvarnes, trading shop work for studio lessons, and she spent every moment she could in the studio. During high school, she worked as an assistant for Parker Stafford, who helped her create a portfolio for admission to Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts. Erin studied glassblowing at VCUarts, earning both a BFA in Craft/Material Studies and a BFA in Art Education in 2007.
She has studied at Pittsburgh Glass Center and the Corning Museum of Glass, and spent time at the Glass Furnace in Turkey. She is the Director of Undergraduate Admissions for VCUarts, and she works primarily on the torch, creating realistic and delicate lifeforms made of glass. She is inspired by the natural world and the never ending cycle of death and growth, and frequently collaborates with her husband Grant Garmezy.