Craftspersons In Residence

Craftspersons in Residence, also known as gaffers, are accomplished artists with expertise in hot glassworking who execute the creative visions of Artists in Residence and Instructors. They have a strong interest in collaboration and a desire to stretch their abilities and ways of thinking. Craftspersons in residence bear the technical challenge and responsibility of creating work for other artists. Pilchuck invites two craftspersons in residence to participate in each session.




danielle brensinger

Danielle Brensinger explores various techniques involving glass and mixed media. She draws references from her rural childhood and has always been heavily influenced by community—often seeking solace and inspiration from the landscapes and people around her. Brensinger received a BFA in glass from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University, and currently lives in Brooklyn where she works as a freelance glassblower, artist assistant and educator out of UrbanGlass and other studios throughout the US and Germany. 




patricia davidson

Patricia Davidson has been working with glass for 28 years. She has extensive knowledge in blowing, sculpting, casting and kiln forming and flameworking techniques. Her career has been acknowledged with many awards, opportunities and international recognition. Davidson received a BA from Southern Illinois University and an MFA from the University of Illinois. For ten years Davidson worked for Chihuly Studios in Seattle, and has been honored to work as an assistant to Pino Signoretto, Lino Tagliapietra, Flora Mace and Joey Kirkpatrick. 


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jason christian

Jason Christian’s work explores the exquisite art of reticello by pairing classical Venetian techniques with a modern simplicity. Christian has worked for various Pacific Northwest studios for twenty years and traveled the world teaching and gaffing. He is currently one of the lead gaffers at Chihuly Studios and runs his own studio out of his home in Seattle. 


daryl smith

Daryl Smith is a Seattle native with more than twenty years’ experience making glass. In addition to creating his own pop art, lowbrow-inspired artwork, he has worked with the best glassmakers in the world as a gaffer at Chihuly Studios. Smith has also been a gaffer at Pilchuck Glass School many times and has developed an intimate knowledge of the material. 




Ben Edols

Ben Edols has been blowing glass since 1987. He received his BA from Sydney College of the Arts and a postgraduate diploma at Canberra School of Art. Edols has given glassblowing workshops at Pilchuck Glass School, The Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass, Toyama Institute of Glass Art, Niijima Glass Centre, The Jam Factory and Sydney College of the Arts. Edols is best known for his collaboration with his wife, Kathy Elliott, whose specialty is coldworking. He currently lives on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. 


dante marioni

Dante Marioni began working with glass at the age of nine. The son of glass artist, Paul Marioni, he was raised in the middle of the studio glass movement. Working alongside friend and mentor, Benjamin Moore, he was introduced to Lino Tagliapietra who would train him in classical glassblowing techniques. Over the years, he has taken technical mastery of the material to new levels with signature iconic designs. 




DH Mcnabb

DH McNabb’s work teeters between a three-prong practice—utilitarian, sculptural objects and conceptual attempts in relation to material. Having received his MFA in 2012 from Rhode Island School of Design, McNabb recently participated in residencies at S12 in Bergen, Norway, and at Saint-Louis Cristal in Saint-Louis les Bitche, France, through the Hermés Foundation. Teaching, assisting and gaffing have taken McNabb throughout the world. Currently he is based out of Louisville, Kentucky. 


morgan peterson

Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Morgan Peterson graduated from Massachusetts College of Art and Design before relocating to Seattle. Peterson has worked for many notable artists, including Martin Blank, James Mongrain and Bryan Rubino. She is heavily involved both with Pilchuck Glass School and Pratt Fine Arts as an instructor and coordinator. In the summer of 2016 she was the recipient of a residency at the Museum of Glass, Tacoma, and has also participated in the Young Glass Exhibition hosted by the Glasmuseet Ebeltoft. 




Joe Grant

Embracing the myriad relationships between science, nature and art allows many of Joe Grant’s sculptures to emerge. Grant is currently the director of STARworks Glass in North Carolina. He has taught at numerous craft schools and university programs. Grant’s work has garnered him numerous awards, including a fellowship at the Creative Glass Center of America and the North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship. Recent exhibitions include the V.I.P. room of the World Science Festival at the W Hotel in New York and the Carrack Modern Art in Raleigh. 


kazuki takizawa

Kazuki Takizawa is a Japanese glass artist currently based in Los Angeles, California. He graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with High Honors in 2010. Through his installations and glass sculptures, Takizawa speaks of his personal experience with mental illness. His most recent exhibition, “Catharsis Contained”, was held at the Craft in America Center in Beverly Hills. He travels extensively across the US for teaching workshops, artist residencies and public speaking. 




deborah adler

Deborah Adler’s career as a glassblower spans nearly two decades. Adler spent fifteen years in New York City working from the studios of UrbanGlass in Brooklyn and GlassRoots in Newark, New Jersey. She has exhibited at SOFA in Chicago and New York, nationally in numerous galleries, museum shops, and craft shows. Adler was lead gaffer on teams fabricating work for a number of prominent contemporary lighting designers. In 2015, she left New York City to work as a studio assistant in Wanganui, New Zealand before relocating to Seattle, Washington. 



courtney branam

Courtney Branam approaches his practice for tradition and technique balanced by modern use of form and color. He works as a freelance glass blower in the Seattle area, received the 2013 People's Choice Award at Tacoma Museum of Glass Red Hot Auction and has taught at UrbanGlass, Brooklyn; Appalachian Center for Craft, Tennessee; Pittsburgh Glass Center and China Academy of Arts in Hangzhou, China. Branam’s work can be found at Vetri International in Seattle and Hawk Galleries in Columbus, Ohio.