“The tech apprentice program at the Pittsburgh Glass Center offers a unique opportunity to work, learn, and create in a state of the art public glass facility. I take pride in being one of the backbones of the facility as my day to day involves maintaining the cleanliness and the equipment, as well as facilitating classes, workshops, and rentals. It definitely isn’t the cleanest job, and sometimes isn’t the most fun, but it is very rewarding. In my time at the studio we built a large glory hole, rebuilt both a furnace and a kiln, and met some very awesome people. In addition to the tech side of things, you get access to using the shop to make and develop your own work. For me, this was a balancing act because I would work all day, and then work on my own work at night. If you don’t have a strong work ethic, as well as self-motivation then this job is not for you. You get out of it what you put into it, and if you put yourself out there, I guarantee you will be very happy with the results.”
- Samuel Spees, 2018 Tech Apprentice
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My name is MiShawn Cabrera. I’ve been blowing glass from a really young age! Glassblowing was something that always brought me joy and because of that I have met many amazing people. I was a part of the youth glassblowing program Hilltop Artist where I learned hands-on glassblowing skills. I’m interested in meeting different artists and learning everything there is to know about glass. Now I’m a tech apprentice at PGC and hoping to learn from everyone here and look forward to meeting everyone who visits.
Krissa Glodowski is a glassblowing artist with a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree. She discovered her passion for glassblowing while obtaining her BFA in her home state of Wisconsin. Different medias peak her interest, however, glassblowing has always captured her with its diversity, fluidity, and community. After obtaining her degree, she moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she discovered that she enjoyed teaching the material to others. Currently, residing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she continues to work within the material to become a better educator and artist.
Roswell is an artist who has worked with glass since 2020 after being introduced to the medium at Ohio State University and has fallen in love with the craft ever since. After graduating from university, Roswell went to STARworks Center for Creative Enterprise in North Carolina where they worked as an intern before coming to Pittsburgh Glass Center as a Tech Apprentice. Originally studying to go into animation, you will often find the work Roswell creates draws on inspiration from many cartoons of their youth. Currently, they are driven to create a body of work that brings joy not only to themselves but to others.