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Past Tech Apprentices

Where are they now?

Over 65 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 2” on view at PGC in 2022.

Jonathan Bolivar

2019 Tech Apprentice Owner of Glass Bolivar

Jonathan Capps

2007 Tech Apprentice
2018 Fullbright Scholar in Finland

Sarah Cohen

2015 Tech Apprentice
Owner of PetalVision Glass in Pittsburgh, PA

Percy Echols II

2016 Tech Apprentice
Producer of Taming Lighting Podcast in Pittsburgh, PA

Jason Forck

2006 Tech Apprentice
Director of Creative Projects at Pittsburgh Glass Center + designer/creator of Pittsburgh Glass Center's line of tableware Penn/Fairmount

Elizabeth Fortunato

2012 Tech Apprentice
2018 Alloy Pittsburgh Resident Artist + 2012 Bullseye Glass Emerge Finalist + Owner of Spring Street Studios in Zelienople, PA

Jarrod Futscher

2012 Tech Apprentice
Owner of TaktTime Design in Pittsburgh, PA

Billy Guilford

2011 Tech Apprentice
Owner of Lexington Glassworks in Asheville, NC

Julian Maturino

2016 Tech Apprentice
Owner of Salvador Alane in Pittsburgh, PA

Katie Plunkard

2013 Tech Apprentice
Owner of Ghost Pepper Glass in Austin, TX

Suzie Ririe

2006 Tech Apprentice
Owner of Fathom Glass Design

Travis Rohrbaugh

2010 Tech Apprentice
Owner of Duck, Duck Glass in Pittsburgh, PA

John Sharvin

2015 Tech Apprentice
Owner of John Sharvin Glass + Finalist on Blown Away Season 3

Margaret Spacapan

2013 Tech Apprentice
Owner of SPACAPAN in Pittsburgh, PA

Samuel Spees

2019 Tech Apprentice
Owner of Samuel Spees Studios in Penland, NC

Elean Yang & Josh Messmer

2017 Tech Apprentices
Owner of Messmer Glass in Pittsburgh, PA