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Warm Glass Teachers

Meet the Teachers

We are privileged to have the finest glass artists teach courses in our studio:

Alicia Lomne

Alicia Lomné

Specialism: Pâte de verre

Alicia Lomne Hand Stones 2015

Alicia Lomne glass artistAlicia Lomné works with the glass kilncasting technique of Pâte de Verre; literally translated from French it means 'paste of glass'. The process includes creating a model, making a mould, placing thin layers of powdered or fritted glass within the mould, and then firing the piece in a kiln. Alicia works primarily with open faced moulds and is most compelled by the exact colour placement and sculptural possibilities that pâte de verre offers.

Alicia has dedicated the past twelve years to exploring techniques in Pâte de Verre. She shows her extraordinary work in galleries across the U.S. and has taught Pâte de Verre workshops around the world.

Artist's website: alicialomne.com

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Alison Lowry

Alison Lowry

Specialism: Cast glass, silk screen and pâte de verre

Alison Lowry

Alison LoweryAlison Lowry is a glass artist living and working from her studio, ‘Schoolhouse Glass’ in Saintfield, Northern Ireland.

In 2009 she graduated from the University of Ulster with a First Class Honours degree in Art and Design. Since then, she has won numerous awards including the Warm Glass Prize in 2010 and 2011 and more recently the Bronze Award at Bullseye Glass’ ‘Emerge’ exhibition. Alison exhibits internationally and her work is held in several public collections, with the National Gallery of Ireland recently acquiring a large Pâte de Verre vessel for the ‘Contemporary Craft Collection’ and the  Arts Council of Northern Ireland recently having made a fourth purchase for their collection.

She employs a range of techniques to create her sculptures, working with cast glass, silk screen-printing and Pâte de Verre.

Artist's website: alisonlowry.co.uk 

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Amanda Muddimer

Amanda Muddimer

Specialism: Flameworked beads

Amanda Muddimer

Amanda MuddimerManda has been a bead maker since 2005. Developing her business Mango Beads, she has built a unique body of work and is well known for her eclectic use of colour. Much of her work is cabochon-based and her Harlequin and Sundial designs, sold as pendants and ring toppers have become very collectable.

Manda is an internationally acclaimed lampwork instructor; the classes and workshops she gives have awakened a passion for teaching she never knew she had. The opportunity to share her skills with others perhaps just beginning their journey in lampwork is a constant reminder of how lucky she is to have discovered beadmaking and the joy it brings with it.

Artist's website: mangobeads.co.uk

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Amanda Simmons

Amanda Simmons

Specialism: Drop out techniques

Amanda Simmons

Amanda SimmonsAmanda makes kilnformed glass objects, playing with gravity in the kiln. Manipulating mass, heat, colour and time, she creates complex, elusive work that has intense colour and pattern which reacts to the light it is placed in. She uses opaque glass powders to construct her work because of its varying translucency as the form elongates in the kiln, then finishes the kiln fired pieces using many coldworking processes to shape and mark the glass including sandblasting, hand lapping and diamond point and wheel engraving.

Amanda graduated from Central St Martin’s School of Art & Design in London with Distinction studying Postgraduate Certificate in Glass & Architecture, before relocating to Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland in 2005. She has exhibited in many high profile national and international exhibitions. 

Artist's website: amandasimmons.co.uk

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Becky Wills

Becky Wills

Specialism: Artistic Product Development

Becky Wills

Beck Wills glass artistBecky has been teaching workshops with Warm Glass UK since 2007. She attended the glass instructor’s course at the Bullseye factory in Portland, USA and has a wide knowledge of all aspects of kilnformed glass. Becky’s entrepreneurial spirit and specialised knowledge of glass fusing has led her to develop a range of products for use in fusing and for glass display. Becky also works tirelessly to produce a unique range of Vitrigraph stringers for Warm Glass.   

Artist's website: yellowdogglass.co.uk

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Bob Leatherbarrow

Bob Leatherbarrow

Specialism: Innovations in Glass Powders

Bob Leatherbarrow

Bob Leatherbarrow glass artistBob Leatherbarrow established Leatherbarrow Glass Studio in Calgary in 1988 and has created original kilnformed glass ever since. Known for his innovative styles, techniques, and designs, Bob has taken an experimental approach to developing unique textures and colour palettes using glass powders. His kilnformed glass bowls and sculptures explore the subtle hues and delicate beauty of naturally occurring textures and encourage the viewer to ponder their origin.

In 2008 Bob moved his studio to Salt Spring Island, British Columbia where he now makes glass art and writes e-books on his signature techniques. Bob has been a popular guest instructor on both the national and international kilnformed glass scenes.  

Artist's website: leatherbarrowglass.com

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Catharine Newell

Catharine Newell

Specialism: Glass Powders

Catherine Newell- Oistres III, 2016

Catharine Newell glassCatharine Newell, recognized for her distinctive figurative work using glass powders, exhibits her unique approach to kiln working internationally. An ardent educator, Newell’s teaching history includes Masterclasses at Pilchuck Glass School, North Lands Glass and Corning, as well as venues across Europe and the UK.

Newell’s work has been acquired for numerous permanent collections including Swedish Hospital, Hotel Murano, Montreal Museum of Fine Art, Hunter Museum of American Art, University of Miami Lowe Museum and Tsinghua University Museum in Beijing. Newell maintains a private studio in Portland, Oregon.

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Claire Hall

Claire Hall

Specialism: Sculpture and Flamework

Claire Hall glass artist

Claire Hall glass artistClaire's passion for glass began during her years travelling across the United States when she met a small community of glass artists in the mountains of West Virginia and started to learn the basics of glass fusing and torchwork.

Originally trained as a sculptor working in wood and steel, the material of hot glass easily translated into her work. It was at this time Claire also started designing and creating glass jewellery, making glass beads over a hot torch and fused glass jewellery in a kiln.

Since then she has moved back to the UK and now works from her studio in Brockley, near Bristol. She has won several awards for her glass jewellery and exhibits nationally. Last year she was selected to showcase her sculptural vessels and jewellery at The National Glass Centre in Sunderland. Claire has been teaching classes at Warm Glass since 2012.

Artist's website: clairehall.co.uk

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Deborah Horrell

Deborah Horrell
(1953-2018)

Specialism: Pâte de Verre

Deborah Horrell

Deborah HorrellDeborah Horrell (1953-2018). Deborah received her MFA from the University of Washington in 1979. After working as a ceramist for many years, she explored wood and bronze. Horrell then began investigating glass at the Pilchuck Glass School during a residency in 1994. A residency at the Bullseye Factory followed in 1996, permanently redirecting the trajectory of her career. Her work was shown in museums and galleries nationally and internationally. Working with the Pâte de Verre process, she created beautiful objects which play with the balance of strength and fragility.

Sadly, Deborah lost her six-year battle with cancer in August 2018. Her passing is a huge loss to the artistic community. She was a truly inspirational artist to learn from.

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Jane Bruce

Jane Bruce

Specialism: Glass Sculpture

Jane Bruce glass artist
Jane Bruce glass artist

Jane exhibits her work internationally, it can be found in many major museum collections worldwide, including those of the Victoria and Albert Museum. Jane has taught extensively in the US as well as in Canada, Europe and Australia.

Her work examines the essence of object and form examining how composition, colour, light, proportion, and the juxtaposition of positive and negative space work within an object. 

Artist's website: janebruce.com

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Jeremy Lepisto

Jeremy Lepisto

Specialism: Glass Sculpture

Jeremy Lepisto

Jeremy LepistoAfter graduating with a BA in Fine Art from Alfred University (Alfred, New York USA) in 1997, he made his way to Portland (Oregon, USA) and was hired to be the Production Manager Apprentice at the Bullseye Glass Company. This role allowed him to work in every facet of the Bullseye factory’s glass production areas as well as with any visiting artists who came to work at the factory. In addition, he was engaged to teach classes and research new glass chemistry and processes; this experience formed the basis of his glass kilnforming knowledge. In 2001 he left Bullseye and started an independent studio. (Photos by: Rob Little)

Artist's website: jeremylepisto.com

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Joseph Harrington

Joseph Harrington

Specialism: Glass Cast Sculpture

Joseph Harrington Pacific Mist

Joseph HarringtonJoseph Harrington is a sculptor working predominantly in cast glass. He graduated with an MA in Ceramics and Glass from the Royal College of Art in 2006. The main principle within his work is to create a sense of time and movement within a permanent object. Joseph has a fascination with turning one thing into another, the reaction of materials and energies acting upon each other. He has developed a unique working method using ice as a modelling medium. The ice is eroded and sculpted with salt then cast into glass, capturing a moment in time as the ice is melting. This thawing of ice provides a physical time frame to work within, heightening the importance of artistic judgment and decision-making.

Artist's website: josephharrington.art

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Kathryn Wightman

Kathryn Wightman

Specialism: Glass Tapestry and Blown Glass Forms

Kathryn Wightman

Kathryn WightmanWightman’s work evidences a fascination of process and materiality explored through the exploitation of illusory imagery. She utilizes glass to mimic textile surfaces, which aim to challenge the viewer’s sense of reality. Hybrid decorative patterns are deconstructed to create multiple layered compositions. Each layer is stacked to add depth, allowing the patterned forms to grow from the surface of the glass. Wightman obtained her BA and MA from University of Sunderland (UK). In 2011 she completed Ph.D. research (University of Sunderland, UK) focusing upon the development and application of creative printmaking processes for the decoration of blown glass. She recently relocated to New Zealand to teach at The Wanganui Glass School.

Artist's website: kathrynwightmanglass.com

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Megan O'Hara

Megan O'Hara

Specialism: Pattern Bar and Glass Painting

Megan O'Hara glass artist

Megan O'Hara glass artistMegan began working with glass in 2005, creating a range of dichroic jewellery, and helping to make tiles for 5th Element Design. In 2011 she completed an art degree in Creative Art Practices at Sheffield Hallam University and returned to Warm Glass to pursue a creative career in glass.

In 2013, Megan attended a glass instructor’s course at the Bullseye Glass factory in Portland, Oregon and began teaching workshops for Warm Glass UK. In 2015 she took part in the Glass Heap Challenge in the Kosta Boda glass factory in Sweden. Megan is the Studio Coordinator at Warm Glass UK, responsible for the running of the studio and workshops as well as offering technical advice to customers, she is passionate about sharing her enjoyment of working with glass.

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Mikyoung Jung

Mikyoung Jung

Specialism: Glass Cast Sculpture

Mikyoung Jung

Mikyoung Jung glass artistMikyoung Jung originally from South Korea, graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from Namseoul University (South Korea) in 2005, majoring in glass. She earned her Masters in glass with distinction at the University of Sunderland, U.K. in 2007. She then moved to Australia to continue her research and started her PhD in Visual Art at Sydney College of the Arts, developing a new range of glass artwork. Mikyoung’s work reflects her experiences of living abroad, from different landscapes to alternative cultures, and the way in which these experiences have affected her.

Artist's website: mikyoungjung.com

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Miriam Di Fiore

Miriam Di Fiore

Specialism: Kiln Formed Landscapes

Miriam Di Fiore glass artist

Miriam Di Fiore glass artistMiriam Di Fiore has been working with fused glass since 1985. Her fused landscape works are in many public and private collections and have been displayed in numerous exhibitions around the world.

Miriam’s technique is a long process that combines flameworking, fusing and multiple firings, all for the same piece. The trees and the branches are glass stringers modelled in the flame. Frit colours are sifted to create at least nine sizes of glass grains before work can begin, Miriam uses glass frits like other artists use watercolour paints. Her works are a labour of love, a completed piece needs at least 20 days and at least 7 firings. 

Artist's website: miriamdifiore.com

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Nathan Sandberg

Nathan Sandberg

Specialism: Vitrigraph Murrine

Nathan Sandberg

Nathan Sandberg glass artistArtist and educator, Nathan Sandberg is based in Portland, Oregon. After working in the Research & Education department at Bullseye Glass Company for 8 years, he started Nathans LLC in 2012 and has established himself as one of the top kiln glass educators teaching today. From Santa Fe to Zurich and Australia to Norway, Nathan is usually somewhere on the planet presenting fresh, innovative ideas at a wide range of studios, schools and art centres. He is widely credited as the pioneer of the modern Vitrigraph method which he began to develop at the Bullseye Factory in 2009 and has since taken to unprecedented levels of control.

Artist's website: nathansandberg.com

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Rowan van der Holt

Rowan van der Holt

Specialism: Flamework Sculpture

Rowan van der Holt - Bird

Rowan van der Holt - DancersWorking out of her studio in the South West of England, Rowan's work enjoys the movement that is found in form. Lampworking or Flameworking the glass within the flame of a very hot torch, she blends a wonderful palette of colour and teases the sculpture into being. Rowan's work includes small studies of the human figure, delicate and intricately detailed flowers, symbolic plants and fruits, birds, and other flora and fauna themes.

Her work has been exhibited in England, USA, Japan and Luxembourg. Of note, Rowan's work has exhibited at the British Glass Biennale, at London Glassblowing and at Glastonbury Abbey. She was awarded "Best in Show" in 2012 for her Medallion in a Contemporary Glass Society exhibit.

Artist's website: rowanvanderholt.co.uk

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Rudi Gritsch

Rudi Gritsch

Specialism: Glass casting and Innovation

Rudi Gritsch

Rudi GritschRudi Gritsch is an internationally-renowned artist and master of kilnformed glass processes. He received his initial training in glass painting and restoration, earning a Master’s Certificate in 1982 and establishing his own glass studio in 1989. Since then he has realised several major architectural glass commissions and his work can be found in private, public and museum collections worldwide. In 1992-93, he was Artist in Residence at Bullseye Glass Company, as well as the Head of Research & Development. He completed an additional residency at Bullseye Glass between 2012 and 2014.

Gritsch has spent nearly 40 years researching the behaviour, character, and aesthetics of glass and 20 years as Head of the Kilnforming department at the HTL Glasfachschule in Kramsach, Austria. He exhibits, teaches and speaks internationally.

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Silvia Levenson

Silvia Levenson

Specialism: Glass Casting

Silvia Levenson

Silvia LevensonOriginally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Silvia Levenson emigrated to Italy in 1981, during the "disappearances" of the Dirty War. In 2004, Levenson received the Rakow Commission Award from the Corning Museum of Glass in New York, and in 2008 she was shortlisted for the Bombay Sapphire Prize. Her work has been exhibited around the world and is part of the collections of the Corning Museum of Glass in New York, the Toledo Museum of Art, the Museo del Vidrio in Argentina, the Museo del Vetro in Italy, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas.

"I explore daily interpersonal relationships through installations and objects that state firmly what is usually felt or whispered. My work is centralised on this unspeakable space which is often so small, located between what we can see and what we feel. I use glass to reveal those things that are normally hidden." 

Artist's website: silvialevenson.com

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Simon Bruntnell

Simon Bruntnell

Specialism: Glass Photography

Simon Bruntnell photography

Simon Bruntnell photographySimon Bruntnell is a photographer based in the West Midlands who works nationally and internationally. He has gained an enviable reputation for the photographing of contemporary glass.

From Simon's website: The photographic image of a work of art reaches a much wider audience than the physical piece itself. The relationship between the artist, the photographer, and their respective media is therefore a crucial one; doubly so when the artefact is formed from glass. The problems inherent in this most challenging of materials are many, the precise balance between reflected and transmitted light to name one.
Simon Bruntnell has, during his career to date, developed into the specialist in this field bar none. The quality of his images is the result of an ability to work with the artist in developing an understanding of and approach to each object that has resulted in images that have been reproduced and deservedly appreciated worldwide. 
His reputation has been established by word of mouth to the point where he is the simply the glass artist's photographer of choice.

Artist's website: northlightphotography.co.uk

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Tanya Veit

Tanya Veit

Specialism: Dichroic Glass Jewellery

Tanya Veit

Tanya VeitTanya Veit is a fused glass internet sensation and big personality amongst glass enthusiasts. Known for her intricate dichroic designs, she owns and runs AAE glass. Based in Florida, specialising in Jewellery she has taught her techniques for creating these eye-catching pieces worldwide.

Website: aaeglass.com

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