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.




sarah gilbert

Originally from Rochester, NY, Sarah Gilbert began working with glass in 2000 and received her BFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2005. She moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2006 to work as part of the Museum of Glass Hot Shop team in Tacoma. She has been there ever since assisting different artists from around the world in making their own work. Primarily using glass in her own work, she attempts to use the inherent qualities of glass to communicate a narrative.





Liesl Schubel received her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 2012, majoring in Glass. Since then, she has pursued opportunities to expand her understanding of contemporary art at institutions including WheatonArts and Cultural Center, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, the Chrysler Museum of Art, and Pilchuck Glass School. Liesl currently works as the Education Coordinator at UrbanGlass in Brooklyn, NY while continously creating a body of work built upon romance, structural failure, and the necessity of instability.





Sasha Tepper-Stewert's sculpture is inspired from nature’s pollinators, using color, form, and texture to produce and present species, capturing their timeless beauty and relevance on earth. She combines a variety of color and surface applications such as cane, murrine, powder, engraving and garage work. Process is important, with each piece often beginning in the hot shop or kiln, cold-worked and engraved, and returned to the fire to add other elements. She received her BFA and Art Education degree from Alfred University, and presently lives in Seattle, WA where she works as a teaching artist and warm shop coordinator at Pratt Fine Arts Center.


lisa piaskowi

Lisa Piaskowy is a Los Angeles based artist. She graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelors of Fine Art in Glass, and refined her skills working in factories and art studios in Seattle. Her professional projects have taken her to studios all over the U.S. and to Murano, Italy. She is the co-founder of Studio Vesce producing handmade home decor objects.





josie gluck

Josie Gluck is an American designer and glassmaker. Her work explores intersections between art, craft and design, and relationships between objects and people. Gluck received a BA in Studio Art/Art History from Union College, Schenectady, NY, and studied glass at the Appalachian Center for Craft, Smithville, TN. She holds an MFA in Designed Objects from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Together with partner Michael Schunke, Gluck co-operates Vetro Vero glass design studio in Chester County, PA.


sally mccubbin

Sally McCubbin is a Canadian glassblower, designer, and educator active within a global community. Her passion for problem solving is the keystone in her creative approach, fueled by optimism and positivity. McCubbin has received national recognition through grants and awards including the Royal Bank of Canada Award for Glass. Among other creative-industry jobs, she teaches hot glass and business practice at Sheridan College. She lives and loves with her husband and daughter in Port Hope, Ontario.




deborah adler

Deborah Adler's career as a glassblower spans nearly two decades. She spent 15 years working around New York City from the studios of UrbanGlass in Brooklyn and GlassRoots in Newark, New Jersey. She developed several bodies of work, exhibiting them at SOFA in Chicago and New York, and nationally in numerous galleries, museum shops, and craft shows. In 2015, she left New York City to work as a studio assistant in Wanganui, New Zealand before relocating to Seattle, WA. Currently Deborah assists many glass artists in the Seattle area while remaining focused on the design and production of her own work.


kelly o'dell

Kelly O’Dell was born in Seattle, WA, raised in Hawai’i, and now lives in the Pacific Northwest. When she was very young, her artistic parents made their living using stained glass, furnace glass and pressed flowers. While seeking her college education years later, Kelly discovered glass as her primary focus at the University of Hawai’i. The program offered her many opportunities to study at Pilchuck Glass School, and she eventually relocated there as a member of the William Morris Winter Crew. Her work mainly explores themes of extinction, preservation, and human impact on the natural world.




megan stelljes

Megan Stelljes fell in love with glass when she had an opportunity to apprentice for a glass blower when she was in high school. She attended Emporia State University in Kansas, where she earned her BFA in glass forming. Upon graduation, she moved to Washington State to apprentice under Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen. Working for Karen allowed Megan to explore color applications in glass as well as hot glass sculpture. She lives and works in the Pacific Northwest exploring sculptural aspect of glass and gaffing for other Artists. Working with other artists truly fuels her passion to create.


madeline prowd

Madeline Prowd is an early career glass artist, currently working out of Adelaide, Australia. She received her BVA from Australia National University in 2009 and completed the Associate Training Program at JamFactory in 2011. Prowd has undertaken residencies at Canberra Glassworks and Berlin Glas e.V. and was a featured artist in Berlin Design Week 2014. She has been teaching assisting to Brian Corr, Ben Edols, Clare Belfrage, Nancy Callan and Tobias Mohl. Prowd received the Saxe award from Pilchuck Glass School in 2014.




jen elek

Jen Elek received her BFA from Alfred University in Metal and Hot Glass sculpture in 1994 after training as a welder in Allentown, PA. In addition to doing her own work, the Seattle-based Elek has assisted artists such as Dale Chihuly, Kiki Smith, Preston Singletary and Lino Tagliapietra. Elek exhibits alongside artists of other media, breaking barriers that have kept glass in the realm of craft and offering it as a worthy medium of contemporary art. One example is the recent major exhibition Look! See? The Colors and Letters of Jen Elek and Jeremy Bert at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA.



annette blair

Annette Blair studied glass at the Australia National University, Canberra and received her Bachelor of Visual Arts with Honours in 2004. Annette currently has a studio in Queanbeyan, NSW and works for herself as an exhibiting artist and production glassblower, as well as assisting and gaffing for many of Australia’s leading artists working in glass. Her exhibition pieces are an investigation into the combination of portraiture and glass, focusing on ideas of identity and personal narrative, and most recently exploring simple utilitarian objects and their ability to evoke a common sense of nostalgia.