Past Apprentices

Past Technical Apprentices

Where are they now?

Nearly 50 emerging glass artists have participated in the Technical Apprentice program at PGC. Many have become staff members and teachers here. Others have taken the experience and skills they received from the apprenticeship and moved on  to expand their glass career in other places.

View the artwork of many past tech apprentices in the exhibition "Aspire: A Retrospective of Young Talent" on view at PGC in 2012.

Jonathan Bolivar

Jonathan Bolivar

Past Tech Apprentice
Owner of Glass Bolivar


Jon Capps

Jonathan Capps

2007 Tech Apprentice
2018 Fulbright Scholar in Finland


Sarah Cohen

sarah cohen

2015 tech apprentice
Owner of PetalVision Glass in Pittsburgh, PA


Percy Echols II

Percy Echols II

Tech apprentice
Producer of Taming Lightning Podcast in Pittsburgh, PA


Jason Forck

jason forck

Past Tech apprentice
Director of Creative Projects at Pittsburgh Glass Center and designer/creator of Pittsburgh Glass Center's line of tableware Penn/Fairmount


Elizabeth Fortunato

Elizabeth Fortunato

2012 tech apprentice
2018 Alloy Pittsburgh Resident Artist & 2012 Bullseye Glass Emerge Finalist


Jarrod Futscher

jarrod futscher

Tech apprentice
Owner of TaktTime Design in Pittsburgh, PA


Billy Guilford

Billy Guilford

2011 tech apprentice
Owner of Lexington Glassworks in Asheville, NC


Julian Maturino

julian maturino

Past tech apprentice
Owner of Salvador Alane in Pittsburgh, PA


Katie Plunkard

Katie Plunkard

2013 tech apprentice
Owner of Ghost Pepper Glass in Austin, TX


Travis Rohrbaugh

travis rohrbaugh

Tech apprentice
Owner of Duck, Duck Glass in Pittsburgh, PA


John Sharvin

JOhn Sharvin

Past tech apprentice
Owner of John Sharvin Glass in Pittsburgh, PA


Margaret Spacapan

Margaret spacapan

Tech apprentice
Owner of SPACAPAN in Pittsburgh, PA


Samuel Spees

samuel spees

2019 tech apprentice
Owner of Samuel Spees Studios in Penland, NC


Elean Yang & Josh Messmer

Elean Yang & Josh Messmer

Past tech apprentices
Owners of Messmer Glass in Pittsburgh, PA