Combining administrative, management, communication, and technical support to keep Glass Axis fused together.
Melody is a life-long resident of Columbus, Ohio. She was raised by arts-loving parents and spent her formative years either in the competitive swimming pool or on stage at Park Playhouse Teen Community Theatre. She graduated from Fort Hayes Arts & Academic High School and the Vocal Music Career Center with Certificates of Specialization in Music and Theatre. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Business (Arts Administration) from Otterbein University. She comes to Glass Axis after other positions in the Columbus arts community, formerly with ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, Cartoon Crossroads Columbus and Actors’ Theatre of Columbus. She is an avid Netflix binger, family campground coordinator and movie and song lyric quoter. She is an active cheer/gymnastics/swimming/flag football/wrestling mom and loudest fan in the stands. Melody currently resides on the Hilltop with her amazingly patient husband, Tom, and their four adorable, yet precocious children, Gretchen, Nathan, Megan and Calvin
Shawn Everette began working with glass at Illinois State University in 2005 under the instruction of artists John Miller and Carmen Lozar. Falling into the addictive potential of the medium it soon developed into the dominating form of creative expression. Experiences at Pilchuck Glass School, Penland School of Crafts, and Corning Museum of Glass helped to define the direction of his artistic endeavors. In 2012, he received his MFA at the University of Wisconsin- Madison working alongside Steve Feren, Lisa Koch, and Matthew Piepenbrock. He was a recent Artist-in-Residence at the Works, honing his artistic undertakings for the greater artistic world. His works are a fabrication of the remnants of memory and visions of perspective objects of a youthful imagination. Facilitated through blown, cast, and flameworked glass, these vignettes of nostalgic mythos and heroic ethos are created as an attempt to capture the ideologies of our culture. shawneverette.com
Shawn’s office hours:
Thursday and Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Sunday: Noon to 5 p.m.
Anita has experience working with several other nonprofit organizations within Central Ohio and most recently served as Executive Director of PLAN of Central Ohio since 2006. PLAN of Central Ohio is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing future care planning and support services for adults with mental illness and their families.
Anita is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Arts Education with a focus on successful management of non-profit arts organizations.
Anita enjoys fiber-arts and is a weaver. She is also a longtime advocate in the animal welfare community and has been a dog obedience instructor at Columbus All-Breed Training Club for the past 24 years. She is married and lives in Westerville, Ohio, with three Labrador Retrievers and several curious cats.
Social Media Coordinator and Gallery Manager
Alex Fresch is the Social Media Coordinator and an Instructor for Glass Axis. Before working at Glass Axis, she was the team leader for Cedar Point Amusement Park’s Glassblowing Theater. For 6 years she did glassblowing demonstrations and narrations for the public, while managing their glass studio. Alex also worked at the Toledo Museum of Art’s Glass Pavilion as a Glass Facilitator where she taught hands-on glassmaking classes and did public glassblowing demonstrations and narrations for museum visitors. Fresch received her BFA from The Ohio State University in 2012, but her passion for glass began while she was still in high school and took a chance Fibers & Glass class. The majority of Fresch’s work is inspired by nature, especially from her travels to tropical destinations, influencing her to use bright, highly saturated colors like those seen in warm climates.
Fresch’s glass artwork can be seen in galleries in both Northern Ohio and locally in the Columbus area. Visit her website for images of her recent works www.alexandrafresch.com
Shop Steward and Instructor