these artists specialize in wedding and memorial comMissions
Memorial artwork can be created to honor loved ones and pets by placing their ashes in glass objects. At Pittsburgh Glass Center, we are limited in what we can offer. The technical challenges of adding outside material to our glass and the unique emotional significance, mean that we don’t take on commissions with ashes as an organization, nor do we allow students to bring outside materials to add into their workshops. As an art form, glassmaking is a setting where things can break or don’t go as planned. If you wish to pursue having ashes incorporated into a glass piece, please refer to artists below.
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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 paperweights and wearable artwork to commemorate any occasion. Beyond her jewelry company, Sarah continues her studio practice as a glass artist with mosaics, mirroring, and experimental techniques.
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.
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.