Members of note 3-12-13
**August 5th, 1987 Ten “Original” Core Founding Members:
- John Drury
- Roberta Eichenberg
- Richard Harned
- Lee Hervey
- Linda Hunecutt-Le Grand
- Rodney Sounick
- Geoffry Taber
- Molly Watkins
- Acquaetta Williams
- David LeGrand
Brian Alloway Former GA technician and studio manager is the Instructor and head of the Nelsonville Ohio, Hocking College. The only two-year college in the state of ohio with a hot glass studio offering glass as one of three specializations offered to Art, Design and Marketing program majors.
*Christine Barney an OSU visiting artist and GA member has been a studio glass artist and sculptor for 25 years and owns a successful Jersey City-based glass studio. She could be called the Woman Who Broke the Glass Ceiling in Murano. Christine grew up surrounded by glass in Corning, N.Y. Corning Glass Works where her father, Willis, worked as a physicist for the company. As a master’s student at New York University, Barney spent summers in the Venice Seguso’s Murano studio. She was the first female glass artist to apprentice to a maestro in Murano, Italy.
*Scott Benefield an OSU graduate student and GA member is an Instructor for the 2013 Seattle Urban Glass Experience. Scott is an artist, educator and writer who received his MFA from Ohio State University in 1990, following a year spent in Sweden on a Fulbright-Hays grant. He is a past president of the Glass Art Society and currently serves on its Advisory Committee. He has been a Fellow at the Creative Glass Center of America and an artist-in-residence at North Lands Creative Glass, Vrij Glas (Netherlands), Pittsburgh Glass Center and the Tacoma Museum of Glass. He has taught workshops in Italian cane techniques at the Penland School of Crafts, the Pilchuck Glass School, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, the National College of Art and Design (Ireland), the Glass Furnace (Turkey) and was a visiting scholar at Osaka University of the Arts in 2009. In 2011 he was given the Lifetime Membership Award from the Glass Art Society. He currently lives and works in Northern Ireland.
Joe BenVenuto GA shop technician and studio manager bought and drove the GA mobile unit to Seattle-area where he is a glassblower and bee keeper who has worked for Dale Chihuly in Tacoma, Preston Singletary in Seattle, lectured on cold working at the 2011 Seattle GAS Conference, was a demonstrator for the Niijima Glass Festival in Japan.
*Bonnie Biggs was a GA member and an Associate Professor and Head of the OSU Glass Department 1991-92 and served as the Glass Art Society Board of Directors Vice President and President, and is currently the Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA Art Department Interim Chair where she has been a Professor and Area Head of Sculpture and Drawing 1993-current.
Cathy Tietz-Boring is a Columbus based glass artist who has been and still is an active GA member for over 20 years working with clay and glass. She graduated from Bowling Green State University with a BFA in ceramics and took her graduate studies at Ohio State University. Her work can be seen through art shows, galleries and by appointment at her studio where she offers “Art Mess Camps” for children and teens in ceramics, painting, crafting .
Bridget Boss was a GA Studio Director who received her MFA in Glass from Ohio State University and her BFA in Glass and Metal Fabrication from New York State College of Ceramics and Glass Art at Alfred University. She has worked for many accomplished artists such as Katherine Gray, Ruth King and Fred Tschida and has had a long history with the Pilchuck Glass School. She has been a teaching artist for several years in various glass-art programs in the US and has extensive arts administration experience. email@example.com
*Jeremy Burdge GA member and board of directors memberis a plastic surgeon and operates his own studio in Columbus, OH. He has studied at The Corning Museum of Glass Studio with Bill Gudenrath, Fritz Dreisbach, Davide Fuin, Elio Quarisa, and Paul Stankard. His particular interests are English and Italian goblet forms, and as a teacher he enjoys helping students become addicted to hot glass.
Gretchen Stevens Cochran was a GA member and participant in the first major GA show at the Riffe Gallery Transformations: New Installations Using Glass, curated by Molly Watkins, Susan Channing, Director of Spaces Gallery, Cleveland, Bruce Chao, Professor, Glass Program, Rhode Island School of Design, and Denny Griffith, currently President of CCAD and formerly Assistant to the Director, Columbus, Museum of Art. Gretchen lives and works in Columbus, Ohio. She is an Associate Professor of Art at Otterbein College. Her work has been included in local, national and international exhibitions. She has received Individual Artist Creativity Awards from the State of New Hampshire and the State of Ohio, and numerous Faculty Development, Collaborative and Research Grants from Otterbein College. She has participated in Artist in the Schools residencies in both New Hampshire and Ohio, the Headlands Center for the Arts in California, and the Prague Contemporary Art Center at Cimelice, Czech Republic.
Martha Croasdale was a member while a graduate student and teaching fellow in the OSU Department of Art glass program. She earned her B.F.A. in glass art at Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, and was a 1984 -Fulbright-Hayes Fellow with artist Ann Wolf, Kosta, Sweden. In 1998, she published her first book, Metal and Glass: The Art and Technique of Electroforming and was invited to teach a workshop in copper electroforming at Aichi University in Nagoya, Japan. She has completed two public commissions in the United States. Her artwork is exhibited in private collections and museums around the world. Her glass studio is in Galesburg, Michigan.
*Debra Dohne was a GA member while a graduate student at OSU. She is Associate Professor of Art, Design, and Transmedia, Department of Foundation,Syracuse University. She is a prolific visual artist whose work (primarily sculpture) brings intangible subjects into physical existence. Professor Dohne has proficiency with many materials and processes including glass, metal, wood, motors, neon, etc. She uses this wide variety of materials to explore forces we cannot touch or see, both as physical phenomena and as subject matter. Professor Dohne’s specialty is teaching anything having to do with space, from three-dimensional design to sculpture.
An accomplished faculty member, Professor Dohne has been awarded the Meredith Teaching Excellence Award for tenure-track faculty. Additionally, Professor Dohne received a Recognition of Contribution to the Community through excellence in teaching award from the Maxwell School. She regularly teaches FND 117 and FND 118 and is dedicated to teaching first-year students.
Professor Dohne has exhibited nationally, including solo exhibitions at Niagara University and Gettysburg College, and group exhibitions in Seattle, Los Angeles, and New York. She has received artist grants and currently leads the Interdisciplinary Research Group at Syracuse University. Professor Dohne enjoys creating work in geographically diverse locations and to this end has participated as an artist-in-residence in diverse settings, including pioneering the emerging artist residency program at the internationally acclaimed Pilchuck Glass School in Washington state and on the Aleutian Island chain in the Alaska public school system in Naknek, Alaska, as well as spending several months working at Sculpture Space in Utica, N.Y. Professor Dohne’s work is part of the Corning Museum Permanent collection, Corning, N.Y., and the City Portable works Collection of the Seattle Art Commission, Seattle. Professor Dohne earned her B.F.A. from Alfred University and M.F.A. from Ohio State University.
Sam Drumgoogle was studio technician, teacher and demonstrator for GA and is anationally known glassblower who has his own glass studio in the Hill Top area of Columbus.
*John Drury one of the GA founders and one of the three founding trustees is currently a New York City-based artist, writer and teacher, living in Brooklyn. Drury has been an active artist and member of the American Studio Glass movement. John holds an MFA degree from the Ohio State University (1985) and has been a recipient of the prestigious he was awarded the PernodLiquid Art Award in 1994 and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award for the Visual Arts (1997). He has personal works, in glass, included in the books 500 Glass Objects, International Glass Art and Glass Art from UrbanGlass. He has exhibited internationally and at Exit Art, the Holly Solomon, Willoughby Sharp and Bronwyn Keenan Galleries in NYC. John is a regular contributor to GLASS magazine and a member of the collaborative art duo CUD, with Robbie Miller. Drury has taught and lectured around the US and internationally including locations such as Pilchuck Glass School, The Glass Furnace, Istanbul, Turkey, UrbanGlass, New York, The Museum of Glass, Tacoma, and the Rhode Island School of Design.
Robert Eickholt is a former GA board of trustees’ member. He studied glassblowing in Berkeley, California, Ohio State and the Columbus College of Art and Design. Robert is a well known glass artist who has been creating captivating blown glass for over 30 years. Robert founded Eickholt Glass in 1978 when he returned home to Columbus, Ohio after studying glassblowing in Berkely, California. Once home he continued his studies at Ohio State and at the Columbus College of Art and Design. Since it was founded the studio has produced numerous types of beautiful art glass creations such as paperweights, vases, eggs, sculptures and perfume bottles. Each piece is made one at a time and completely unique. Eickholt Glass is quite well known for their distinctive designs which incorporate precious metals including gold and silver and rareoxides like cobalt and copper. Their beautiful art glass has earned them accolades worldwide.
Anthony Gelpi former GA president owns his own glass art studio and gallery. Anthony is a full time glass studio artist and has been working with glass since 1996. Anthony has studied at many glass schools and factories learning his craft including Pilchuck Glass School, The Studio at the Corning Museum, Glass Axis, Planas Viau in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Scuola del Vetro Abate Zanetti in Murano, Italy, and teaching at Cam Ocagi in Istanbul, Turkey. Anthony has exhibited internationally and currently shows in many prominent galleries and museums.
*Sharon Gilbert former GA member and MFA glass major at OSU opened TALISMAN GLASS, Chicago’s premiere private glass studio almost 25 years ago. Her modern style is recognizable anywhere, despite each project being completely unique, and she is well known for her exceptional designs in restaurant lighting. The architectural glasswork she specializes in combines all the hot and warm glass techniques, focusing on achieving all the possibilities of molten glass to exploit imagery and texture to create a special feeling in an architectural space. Her public works can be seen across the US, both in interior and exterior locations. She shares her passion for the art of glass and offers weekend classes in glassblowing in Chicago.
*Susan Gott former GA member has worked in glass for over 25 years and specializes in cast glass to create one-of-a-kind sculptures. She earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in glass from Kent State University, and studied at the Pilchuck, Haystack, Arrowmont, Penland, and Radford University. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including an American Craft Council Award of Excellence, Individual Artist Fellowship and New Forms Florida. Susan’s work can be found in major galleries and in numerous private and corporate collections including Raymond James Financial, The Kessler Collection, Polypack and Disney Corporate Collection. Her work can be found in permanent museum collections including the Alexander Brest Museum, The Gulf Coast Museum of Art and The Polk Museum of Art, where her sculptural installations were recently exhibited. Susan has created large scale, public art works using cast glass bas-relief panels, lighting, fountains, seating, combining steel and stone, and are included in the public collections of Port St. Lucie County, University of Central Florida, Port Tampa Library, The City of St. Petersburg, and HARTline’s University Area Transit Center. Her work is published in New Glass Review, Glass Art 2000, Glass Art Magazine, and American Craft. Susan is owner and proprietor of Phoenix Glass Studio, in Tampa, Florida where she combines studio and home into a unique artist’s atelier. She has over seventeen years experience as an art educator and has worked with several non-profit organizations including the Glass Art Society. Susan organized the 1999 Glass Art Society Conference held in Tampa and served as the Conference Co-Chair.
Ellen Grevey former GA member holds an MFA in Sculpture from OSU and is a glass artist. She is currently director of audience services at the Columbus Franklin Park Conservatory Executive. Pror to that she was the first full time executive Director at Ohio Art League, century-old visual arts non-profit organization. She was also Owner and President of A & E Artworks, Inc. a Columbus, Ohio based custom blown glass art studio and business. Co-founder and operator of a profitable, self-sustaining studio art business that sold original blown glass art throughout the U.S. to over 200 wholesale and retail clients, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Gump’s, and Henri Bendel.
**Richard Harned founder of Glass Axis is a professor of art at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, where he is Undergraduate Studies Chair and heads the Glass Art program. He has been a faculty member at Rhode Island School of Design, Providence; the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Arkansas State University, Jonesboro; and a visiting artist nationally and internationally, at Academa Minerve, Groningen, the Netherlands; Aichi University of Education, Aichi, Japan; Tokyo Glass Art Institute, Tokyo, Japan; Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Island, Maine; and the Pilchuck School, Seattle, Washington. He has been an artist in residence at Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California, and in the Iron Foundry of the Arts/Industry program of the John Michael Kohler Art Center in Sheboygan Wisconsin. He has served as a panelist and site visitor for national and regional art organizations and as treasurer and president of the Glass Art Society. His work has been in 11 solo and 180 group exhibitions, in 27 states and 6 countries. Harned has been the recipient of an array of Individual Artists Fellowships in sculpture, craft and media arts from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ohio Arts Council and the Greater Columbus Arts Council. He received his BFA in 1973 and MFA in 1977 from Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, under Dale Chihuly.
*Sherrie Riley Hawk former member of the GA board of directors opened her first gallery in 1986, in the Short North Arts District of Columbus, Ohio. The Riley Hawk Gallery became one of the nation’s premier galleries specializing in glass art and sculpture. In 2004, Sherrie opened a new gallery committed to exhibiting contemporary ceramics and art jewelry and has since expanded her gallery’s scope to include regional contemporary art and sculpture.
**Lee (Slugface) Hervey OSU Glass Art MFA and former GA President and one of the founding membersis a frequent GA instructor. Specializing in cast glass sculpture.
Andy Hudson current member, frequent teacher and two time member and secretary of the GA board of directors is one of three cofounders of the original GA studio. Dr. Hudson, Associate Director for Medical Education in the College of Medicine (retired) is an artist, glass blower and art collector. He has an extensive background as an illustrator, photographer, printmaker, videographer, and designer. In addition to his own work and his involvement in glass and art organizations, he is a founding member of Acme Art Company and Roy G Biv Gallery, a videographer and has produced several glass blowing documentaries including: Wes Hunting: Breaking Glass Traditions, Bill Gudenrath: Beginning and Advance Glass Blowing, Dragon Stem Goblet, and Chalk Talk, Petr Novotny’s (internationally known Czechoslovakian glass blower) Midwest demonstrations and workshops, and Tom Kreger: Deathware Blow.
**Linda Huneycutt-LeGrand trustee, founding member and first GA president is an internationally known glass bead maker, story teller and teacher.
Marvin Katz is the original landlord who took a chance on renting to GA to build its first studio. Marvin’s daughter was a photo documenter for Dale Chihuly’s work and Marvin was an enthusiastic supporter of blown glass and Glass Axis. He currently manages the Millworks, a multi-tenant development that consists of artists, businesses, education and offices. In addition to the GA studio on Cozzins Ave,. Marvin developed and managed other multi-tenant properties, including the Buggyworks, Belmont Building, Omar Bakery, Union Tool, Jaeger and others. His focus has been to provide affordable space for the creative arts.
Jim Kennedy co-founded the first GA studio, served multiple terms as president during it greatest era of growth and provided generous financial support over the years. Jim is an independent entrepreneur currently CEO at Next Future LLC and owner CEO of Crystal Remembrances which offers those dealing with the loss of a loved one the unique opportunity to preserve a portion of their loved one’s cremated remains in a solid work of glass art. Each Crystal Remembrance™ is created by hand in Jim’s glass studio in central Ohio. Jim was the owner and CEO Twenty First Century Communications a privately held 200 employee information technology and services industry.
*Tom Kreager former GA member while he was a visiting artist at OSU received his MFA from the University of Illinois and his BFA from Ohio State University. He is currently Assistant Professor of Art at Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska, teaching glass art, as well as sculpture and ceramics. He has been a teaching assistant and staff member at Pilchuck Glass School numerous times, and a visiting artist at the Chadron State College, New Orleans Glass Works, Ohio State University, The Golden Glass Studio and School, and many others. His work has been exhibited throughout the U.S.
*Dawson Kellogg assisted in the design and construction of the second GA studio on Norton and Fifth Avenue where he continues to provide private tutoring for multiple GA members. Dawson is an associate professor, fine arts at Columbus College of Art and Design where he teaches glass blowing, kiln casting, and professional practices. In his 15th year of teaching at CCAD, Kellogg has completed numerous commissions in the Ohio area and his work in held in private collections nationwide. He has been granted a solo show at the Zanesville Museum of Art and received three scholarships from the Pilchuck Glass School. His business, OMG Glass, provides one-of-a-kind glass art installation pieces for corporate and residential sites.
Henry Levine joined GA in its second year and served as a member of the first Board of Advisers and Board of Trustees. Henry studied glass at Alfred University and learned ceramic sculpture, glass blowing and neon art. After graduating, Henry worked as a neon technician at Vacuform Industries for one year before buying Quality Neon Products in Columbus Ohio. As a neon manufacturer, Henry employed fifteen people and wholesaled neon lights to large sign companies who shipped his products nationwide. Henry owned and operated the neon shop for ten years before moving to southeast Ohio and opening his own glass shop Thorn Ridge Studios in 1999.
Mark Lombard an early GA member was the head of the glass program at CCAD. Mark was instrumental in designing, engineering and building the first GA studio. The first furnaces and annealers were based on his designs. Annealers that Mark built in 1990 are still in use at GA.
*Robert Miller was an early GA member joining in 1989. Robert studied glassblowing at Pratt Fine Arts Center, Pilchuck Glass School and Orrefors Glass School, Orrefors, Sweden. He has been a ubiquitous presence in the glassblowing world for decades, acting as an assistant to many of the most notable artists in the field, including: Dale Chihuly, Lino Tagliapietra, Dante Marioni, Dan Dailey, and Benjamin Moore. His work has been exhibited throughout the US, in Vancouver, British Columbia and Stockholm, Sweden.
*Joel O’Dorisio former GA member was most recently a visiting artist and coordinator of the glass department at the Ohio State University. He has also served as an Assistant Professor and Interim Head of the glass area at Bowling Green University. He has shown his work across the United States and in several international exhibitions. Joel received his BFA from The Ohio State University and his MFA from Alfred University, SUNY. His work is represented in many public collections such as The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Huntington Bank, Columbus, The Museum of American Glass, Millville, NJ, and the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburg. O’Dorisio has been working in glass since 1988. After graduating from the Ohio State University with a Bachelor Degree in Fine Art he continued his formal education at Alfred University completing a Master of Fine Art in 1994.
Xan Palaya former GA member is an installation sculptor living in Columbus, Ohio. She exhibits her work regionally, nationally and internationally. She has received Individual Artist Fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council and Arts Midwest. In 2000 she was awarded an Artists Project grant from the Ohio Arts Council. Xan Palay has been a resident artist at the Contemporary Artist’s Center in Massachusetts (‘94), at the Yaddo colony in New York (holding the Louise Bourgeois Endowed Residency (‘96), the Kohler Arts/Industry program in Wisconsin (‘00) and the Art and Technology Residency at Wexner Center for the Arts.
Gwynne Rukenbrod former member and studio director in the first studio is now executive Director of HandMade in America, Asheville NC. In addition Gwynne was a Curator of Fine Craft at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, a nonprofit organization founded to advance education about the process, product, and history of craft. She is an accomplished glass artist as well as an arts executive, she previously was Executive Director of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers, Art Curator of The Works (the Ohio Center for History, Art and Technology), and the Director of Columbus’ Days of Creation Arts for Kids. She has worked with both rural and urban communities and built strong stakeholder coalitions in both.
*Ed Schmid was an OSU glass graduate student and GA member. An American Master Glassblower, Ed Schmid has been working with molten glass since 1984. He is also the guy that literally wrote the book on glassblowing; namely the world’s best-selling texts on how-to do it: “Beginning Glassblowing” and “Advanced Glassworking Techniques”. Ed and his wife Elena, owners of Glass Mountain Studios, spend nearly half of their year teaching classes and workshops in glassmaking at home and in colleges, universities and private studios worldwide. The other half of the year they devote to developing new work, writing projects and raising their two young children in the scenic Pacific Northwest. Ed’s work may be found in several museums and major collections around the globe.
Dan Schreiber an early GA member, board member and president has been a professional glass artist for the past 20 years. He is a graduate of Columbus College of Art and Design and has studied with Davide Salvadore and Drew Smith. Schreiber has a glass studio in Columbus, OH, and has taught extensively at Glass Axis and Franklin Park Conservatory.
Andrew F. Scott an early GA member and was in the first GA show at the Riffe Center Gallery Transformations: New Installations Using Glass, curated by Molly Watkins, Susan Channing, Director of Spaces Gallery, Cleveland, Bruce Chao, Professor, Glass Program, Rhode Island School of Design, and Denny Griffith, currently Presidnet of CCAD and formerly Assistant to the Director, Columbus, Museum of Art. Andrew is currently a professor of foundation studies and sculpture at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Previously he was Assistant professor, Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio; creative director, Burgess and Niple Limited, Akron, Ohio; board of trustees, Greater Columbus Arts Council. Works of note include Relief sculptures, city of Dublin, 4th Art in Public Places Project; gavel sculpture, Ohio Judicial Center, Ohio Supreme Court; Dayton Fifth Street Bridge, Dayton, Ohio, with Burgess and Niple; aesthetics design manual and pilot projects, Ohio Department of Transportation. Awards, recognition, honors include the Greater Columbus Arts Council Business/Arts Partnership Award; The Ohio State University Graduate Student Alumni Research Award; The Ohio State University Department of Fine Arts Edith Ferguson Gilmore Award; SCAD Presidential Fellowship; The Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship in Visual Arts/Sculpture; the Greater Columbus Arts Council Artist Residency in Dresden, Germany.
Jim Shumate was an early GA member and grad student in the OSU glass program. Jim was a frequent demonstrator with the mobile unit and one of the co-founders of the first GA studio serving as the first studio technician, manager and director. Jim served as a board member and president. After leaving Columbus, Jim worked in numerous private glass studios as a teacher, manager and creative designer and artist.
**Rodney Sounik is one of the founding members of Glass Axis, early mobile unit demonstrator and teacher. A graduate of the Columbus College of Art and Design and Ohio State University, Rod continues to make art work at and support Axis. Rod has owned and operated Rod Sounik Art Glass in Columbus, OH since 1987. His work has been exhibited regionally and nationally since 1986. He was selected for the Ohio Craft Museum Best of Show exhibition five times and his work is part of the permanent collections at the Boston Children’s Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, and the Columbus Courthouse, to name a few.
Robin Stanaway was an early GA member and earned a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Glass Sculpture from The Ohio State University. Robin attended the Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington and Alfred University. Stanaway was a resident in the 1990-91 International Studio Residency Program at the P.S. 1 Museum in New York, the same year she received an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Grant. In New York, She has exhibited at the P.S. 1 Museum, The Queens Museum of Art, and Gallery 91. Her work has also been shown at the Columbus Art Museum, the Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, the Pilchuck Glass School, The Three Rivers Arts Festival, and the Glass Gallery in Bethesda, Maryland. She has been a featured artist at the Susquehana Art Museum, the Pittsburgh Glass Center and the Mattress Facotry Contemporary Art Mueseum. Stanaway’s work has been published in three issues of THE CORNING NEW GLASS REVIEW, and was a finalist for the lobby commission in the Simon and Schuster building at the Rockefeller Center in New York City. Stanaway was also a finalist for a New York City Subway Public Art Project.” Robin’s glass studio is in Taos,NM where she specializes in blown glass, refracted light and brass.
Hal Stevens a former GA board member is the founder and for many years the Director of the Ohio Designer Craftsmen fairs, including Winterfair. Hal Stevens has more than 25 years experience in presenting successful art fairs. Hal was the owner of a Show of Hands craft stores and originator of the Ohio Craft Museum.
**Geoffrey Taber a GA founding member, Board Member and early financial supporter also created Acme Art Company. Jeff is currently a Laboratory Supervisor for Materials Science Engineering at OSU. Acme Art Company was founded in 1984 by Geoffrey with the mission to give more opportunities for Central Ohio artists to exhibit their talent. He opened a space in the Short North near downtown Columbus and helped to build the Columbus art scene. This once abandoned, yet historical part of Columbus is now renovated and thriving with many galleries and non-profit spaces. Mr. Taber left the gallery in 1987 to pursue other interests. He has demonstrated glass blowing at GA, Hale Farm and Cedar Point Ohio. He studied glass blowing at OSU, Columbus College of Art & Design and Stredni Umeleckoprumyslova Skola Sklarska in Prague. He has served as consultant and engineer in developing both GA studios. He was a Consulting contractor at SCI Engineered Materials, International Senior Systems Engineer at Technicare.
Ferdinand Thieriot an undergraduate glass program student at OSU was a GA member in the late 1980s. After first making stained glass windows in the mid 1980’s Ferdinand studied blowing glass at OSU and Glass Axis. Since 1988, his career choices have led him all over the east coast, Canada and Europe; studying, teaching, assisting and collaborating with some of the most talented (glass) artists alive today, including Loredano & Dino Rosin, Pino Signoretto and Bertil Vallien. Ferdinand apprenticed at Studio Rosin in Murano, Italy in 1994 – 1995. He has taught at the Pilchuck Glass School as well as many other summer glass programs including Espacce Verre (Montreal), Red Deer College (Toronto) and Alfred University where he received his MFA in 1998. In 2000 he built his own glass/art studio, Studio FERDINAND in Mendocino County, California. He still exhibits work throughout the country. Ferdinand’s many artistic pursuits include: glass-blowing and solid glass sculpting; mixed-media sculpture; photography; teaching and learning; making work for artists who do not use glass as a primary media and private/corporate commissions.
Rob van Erve was a GA member and participant in the first major GA show at the Riffe Gallery Transformations: New Installations Using Glass, curated by Molly Watkins, Susan Channing, Director of Spaces Gallery, Cleveland, Bruce Chao, Professor, Glass Program, Rhode Island School of Design, and Denny Griffith, currently President of CCAD and formerly Assistant to the Director, Columbus, Museum of Art. Rob has shown internationally at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum; the Kao Yuan Art Center, Kaohsiung, Taiwan; Avant-Garde Documenta II, Taipei, Taiwan; Gallerie De Verschijning, Netherlands; and Nederlands Textielmuseum as well as extensively in New York at Staff Gallery, the Islip Art Museum, The American Academy of Arts and Letters, Gallery 128, Trans Hudson Gallery and the Sears-Peyton Gallery, among others. His work has been reviewed in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Art in America, Sculpture Magazine and White Hot Magazine. Rob van Erve received an M.F.A. from the Academy for Art and Education, Tilburg, the Netherlands and an MFA from Ohio State University. He was born in Tilburg, the Netherlands and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Vince Vohnout was an early GA member and board member in charge of facilities planning. Vince assisted in the design and engineering of both GA studios. Dr. Vohnout joined the faculty of Department of Technological Studies as an Associate Professor in 2006. Vince holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University. His undergraduate studies were also in Mechanical Engineering at Cleveland State University’s Fenn College of Engineering. Before entering academia as a Professor, Dr. Vohnout co-founded Adaptive Machine Technologies (AMT), an engineering research and development company in Columbus Ohio. He served as the president of AMT for the first nine years of its existence before returning to his studies at OSU. Dr. Vohnout is also a licensed Professional engineer in Ohio and continues in his private consulting and research practice when not busy with his academic responsibilities at BSU. Dr. Vohnout’s research interests are currently centered in high-energy rate, high velocity forming of sheet metal components.
**Molly (Mary Ellen) Watkins was a GA founding member, grant writer and early glass art enthusiast and provocateur. With Jeff Taber Molly taught many of the early GA members through the first non-credit glass classes offered in Columbus. Molly is rumored to have come up with the name Glass Axis. As Sparky the Cat Productions, Molly sponsored Peter Novatny and Bill Gudenrath as early GA visiting artists. Molly organized many early GA shows and events. She was also a partner in the development and early growth of Acme Art Company. Molly went on to be a glass blowing demonstrator and production blower.
Micki Wantanabe (Spiller)was an OSU grad student in art, GA member and participant in the first major GA show at the Riffe Gallery Transformations: New Installations Using Glass, curated by Molly Watkins, Susan Channing, Director of Spaces Gallery, Cleveland, Bruce Chao, Professor, Glass Program, Rhode Island School of Design, and Denny Griffith, currently President of CCAD and formerly Assistant to the Director, Columbus, Museum of Art. An artist, whose work examines the curiosities of space, has been in many group and solo shows both nationally and internationally. She has participated in residencies at the Evergreen House in Baltimore, The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, and World Views Studios in the World Trade Center. Her artist books are in private and public collections. She is a recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Grant, Art Matters Grant and a Regional NEA grant. She received her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute, and her MFA from Ohio State University. Currently she is a faculty member at Parsons School of Design and Pratt Institute
**Acquaetta Williams was a GA founding member, board member and its second president. Acquaetta is a glassblower/sculptor whose work has evolved from her vision of women and African Images through glass into sculpture that now includes wood and metal in her latest series of Street Musicians. Internationally and nationally educated, Ms. Williams has studied under Harvey Littleton at the University of Wisconsin and Dale Chihuly in master classes at Pilchuk in Seattle, Washington. She received an Arts International Travel Grant that included travels through Benin in West Africa to study subjects for her work and collect materials for use in her art. National shows have included Uncommon Beauty in Common Objects: The Legacy of African-American Craft Art that included stops across the U.S. in San Diego, Dallas, Atlanta and the American Craft Museum in New York as well as the Smithsonian Renwick Gallery in Washington. From this show, Ms. Williams had a piece acquired by the American Craft Museum (now the Museum of Arts & Design) that was exhibited as part of the 40-year Retrospective of the Museum. In 1993, First lady Hillary Clinton added a commissioned Christmas tree ornament “She Is Safeguarding the Peace” to the permanent collection of the White House. The artist is proud of her inclusion in A Woman’s View: Equality, Development and Peace in 1995 at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. Acquaetta Williams has lectured across the U.S. and was the artist-in-residence at the New York Experimental Glass Workshop in 1993. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Glass Art Society and was a founding member of Glass Axis in Columbus, Ohio. She was also an Associate Member of the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ibaden in Nigeria.
Kami Westhoff (Meighan) is currently an Academic Advisor and Internship Coordinator in the Ohio State University Department of Art. Kami, born and raised in Ohio, is an innovative conceptual artist who explores balance and youthful curiosity in her sculpture. She received her BFA at Bowling Green State University and MFA from The Ohio State University. Kami has shown her work in various juried and invitational shows both nationally and internationally including The University of Southern Australia in Adelaide, Australia, the International Society of Spanish Culture in Iquitos, Peru, Hawk Galleries in Columbus, Ohio and Vetri International in Tacoma, Washington currently represent her glasswork.
David King is originally from Dayton, Ohio. He holds an MFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University. He has worked as an instructor and studio tech for Glass Axis. His work has been show nationally and internationally and featured in New Glass Review 32 and 34. He has been a Wheaton Fellow at the Creative Glass Center of America in Millville, NJ and recognized as an emerging artist at the 42nd Annual Glass Art Society Conference, Idea, Impact, and Innovation: 50 years of American Studio Glass. David has been a teaching assistant at Pilchuck Glass School and is currently and an instructor at the Ohio State University.
Gwynne Rukenbrod currently the Executive Director for SNAG (Society of North American Goldsmiths).