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.





Jason Christian’s work combines the craft of reticello with classical Venetian techniques and modern simplicity. Christian is an integral member of Dale Chihuly’s Boathouse team, collaborating with international artists, including Pino Signoretto. He has worked with many well-known glass artists, including Lino Tagliapietra, Martin Blank, Preston Singletary, James Mongrain, and Nancy Callan. Christian has also taught at Pilchuck Glass School; UrbanGlass, New York; and at University of Texas Arlington. 




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 Studio, Seattle. Smith has also been a gaffer at Pilchuck Glass School many times, and has developed an intimate knowledge of the material.


Medium Matters


jack gramann

Jack Gramann’s figurative sculptures make use of many techniques, exploring our relationship to human form and identity. Currently based out of Pittsburgh, he began working with glass while earning a BFA from Columbus College of Art & Design, Ohio. He has traveled the world to study and work for a multitude of glass artists and recently participated in residencies at Salem State University, Massachusetts; and Duncan McClellan Gallery, Florida. Gramann has exhibited internationally and continues to show at Duncan McClellan Gallery and Hawk Galleries, Ohio. 


shahid khan

Shahid Khan was born in an impoverished, tumultuous pocket of Ahmadabad, India. He immigrated to the United States with his elder sister at ten years old. While attending Ohio State University, Khan discovered his love of glassmaking. Over the next ten years, he took a journeyman’s approach to glass, working with artists from the United States, Canada, Australia, Denmark, and Japan. In 2016, he arrived in Oakland, California. After the summation of so many different lives, Khan is starting the most arduous chapter; the affirmation of his own artistic voice. 


Classical Inquiry


jen elek

Jen Elek utilizes blown furnace glass to create sculptural objects that display the materials’ ability to reflect, magnify, and represent bold color. Elek holds a BFA from School of Art and Design at Alfred University, New York, and worked on Master Lino Tagliapietra’s team for fifteen years. Elek has taught workshops at Pilchuck Glass School; Penland School of Crafts, North Carolina; JamFactory, Australia; and UrbanGlass, New York. In 2018, Elek became a Pilchuck Glass School trustee. Currently, Elek shares a studio with husband Jeremy Bert in Seattle. 


chris stenzel

Chris Stenzel started blowing glass at Palomar College, California, in 2008. His first visit to Pilchuck Glass School was in 2012, and since then he has returned numerous times to Pilchuck as a student, seasonal staff member, and teaching assistant. In 2014, Stenzel moved to Washington State to work with Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen, Jasen Johnsen, Shelley Muzylowski Allen, and Rik Allen. Currently, Stenzel continues to work out of Washington State with a variety of artists, including Jason Christian, Ross Richmond, and Dan Friday.



Natural History


austin stern

After earning a degree in glassblowing from Emporia State University, Kansas, Austin Stern moved to Seattle where he lives and works today. Stern’s work is shown at Vetri Gallery, Seattle, and he has exhibited and taught internationally. Stern currently explores relationships and mental health through a cheerful lens of bright, playful creatures. Approaching this subject matter from a saccharine perspective, Stern shows the humor in the small battles we fight daily to find positivity, peace, and happiness. 


sasha tepper-stewart

Sasha Tepper-Stewart is a glass artist, educator, and youth-program manager residing in Seattle. Her glass sculpture is inspired from nature’s pollinators, combining color, form, pattern, and texture to produce and present species, capturing their timeless beauty and relevance on Earth. Her work is a combination of blown, sculpted, kiln-formed, and cold-carved glass techniques. Tepper-Stewart is originally from western Massachusetts and received her BFA and art education degree from Alfred University, New York. 


Pop Investigations


alix cannon

Raised in the mountains of Colorado, nature plays a major role in Alix Cannon’s life and artistic career. Now based in Seattle, Cannon taught at Pilchuck Glass School, was a visiting artist in residence at Museum of Glass, Tacoma, and works with notable artists including Nancy Callan and Raven Skyriver. Her work is inspired by nature’s repetition, symmetry, and asymmetry. She designs linear patterns that utilize traditional canework and layering of color. These patterns are blown into forms that emulate natural patterning in a simple and sophisticated way. 


madeline prowd

Madeline Prowd lives and works in Adelaide, Australia. She received her BVA from the Australian National University in 2009, then relocated for the Associate Training Program at JamFactory, Adelaide. Prowd has undertaken residencies at Canberra Glassworks and Berlin Glas e.V. Prowd has exhibited in numerous group shows around Australia, and had her first solo exhibition at JamFactory in December 2018. Prowd received the Saxe Award from Pilchuck Glass School in 2015, and was an instructor in 2018. 


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