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Jonathan has been working with glass for six years and in production studios for the last four years. He has experience completing large commissions (multiple awards/gifts for one client) as well as reproduction work. Jonathan enjoys making barware and drinkware personally, but enjoys working with clients to help make their glass dreams a reality.
Originally from New Jersey, Sarah moved to Pittsburgh in 2015 as a tech apprentice and decided to stay for the glass and art community. In 2016 she founded her jewelry business, PetalVision, which incorporates nature and glass into wearable artwork. Beyond her jewelry company, Sarah continues her studio practice as a glass artist with mosaics, mirroring, and experimental techniques.
Percy Echols II
Percy Echols II is an independent contractor and emerging Plasma/Neon Tech at Pittsburgh Glass Center who has been working with glass for seven years. He’s most interested in an emerging artistic medium known as plasma. Plasma requires a technical and artistic understanding of glass combined with the alchemical and scientific application of electrified gases and specialized equipment used in neon.
Since his introduction into glass in 1994 at the College of Arts in Oakland, CA, Jaime has studied with some of the world's top glass sculptors. His work has been shown worldwide and most recently through the Pittsburgh Glass Center in a show titled "Cuando el Rio Suena," supported in part by the Pittsburgh Foundation and the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass.
William began working with glass in January of 2007 while attending Emporia State University in Kansas. His art work pursues an interest in traditional techniques while trying to create a relationship with the viewer through narrative forms and concepts.
Drew Kail (Camp Copeland)
Camp Copeland Studio was founded by Alyssa and Drew Kail in 2015, shortly after they returned to the Pittsburgh area from living in Portland, OR for nine years. Their studio Camp Copeland is located in Braddock, PA where Drew and Alyssa design and craft home goods from glass and wool inspired by Mid-century Modernism and Scandinavian design.
I have been working in glass since 2013. I enjoy being a maker with this strange yet incredible material. I’m currently focusing on constructing goblets with the intent of achieving a deeper understanding of form and proportion.
Mitchell Kile has a bachelor of fine arts degree in glass from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He is interested in numerous forms and techniques of glass art such as kilnforming, casting, glassblowing, neon, glass lamination, and flameworking. His love for both cold and hot glass techniques has influenced the work he makes, creating his unique style which he strives to continuously change and evolve.
Ashley McFarland has been working in glass for the past 12 years. She moved to Pittsburgh for the PGC tech apprenticeship in 2009 and has been honing her glassmaking skills ever since. She loves the challenge of repairing broken glass objects and turning non-glass objects into glass through coldworking, casting and hot shop methods.
I've been working with glass since 2007 and I've been at the Pittsburgh Glass Center since 2013. I have a BFA from Alfred University in glass and ceramics, and I currently teach workshops and classes at PGC. I make mostly functional blown glass work but I love working on commissions and helping people bring an idea to life.
John Sharvin is from Columbus, OH and has been blowing glass since 2008. He obtained a BFA from the Ohio State University in glass and currently works at the Pittsburgh Glass Center full-time as a studio technician. His interests are blown glass sculpture and installations.
Brody Shaw lives and works in the Pittsburgh area and has 14+ years of glassblowing experience. He helps to teach classes at the Pittsburgh Glass Center and currently has work for sale in the PGC gift shop.
Jeff has been working in glass for ten years in his spare time during his career as a lighting designer and technician in the theater. He enjoys both the flowing, unpredictable nature of glass as well as the quest to guide it into a precise shape. He especially enjoys making work that can be used in the garden or around the house.
As a glass artist, I explore what occurs naturally with the material, harnessing heat and flow to encourage the glass to speak for itself while conveying my vision. Currently, I am torn between two passions, one of Pattern and Chaos, the other an exploration of the Formation of Planet Earth. My endeavors are supported by Pittsburgh Glass Center, home for the past 10 years, where I currently serve as the kilnforming and hospitality coordinator.