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Chrysler Museum Glass Studio Team

Charlotte Potter

Charlotte Potter
Glass Studio Manager & Programming Director • (757) 333-6286
Charlotte Potter, originally from Vermont, is an artist and designer who uses glass and new media. She received her B.F.A. from Alfred University and an M.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design, where she was an instructor. A pioneer in developing glass as a performance medium, her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries internationally.

Robin Rogers

Robin Rogers, Glass Studio Assistant Manager • (757) 333-6322
Robin Rogers, a native of Central Ohio, began working with glass in 1995. He earned a B.F.A. from the Columbus College of Art & Design and an M.F.A. from Southern Illinois University. His primary technical focus is sculpting glass forms, and he incorporates electronics and video into much of his work. Robin has worked in glass studios nationwide and ran his own glass business in Missoula, Montana.

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Robert Holtzscheiter, Administrative Coordinator & Class Registrar • (757) 333-6299
Robert's the man at the desk, the voice on the phone, the helper in all things.

If you follow the life rule that, secretly, admins run everything, then you know Robert's role.

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Gayle Forman

Program Assistant & Staff Instructor
Forman is an artist and designer whose practice and research focuses on play, imagination, the absurd, and the everyday. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, she was first introduced to glass at the Pittsburgh Glass Center. Gayle received her BFA in Glass from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2014 and has shown extensively on the East Coast. Gayle has recently worked for artist Natalie Jeremijenko in New York City and Wet Dog Glass in Star, North Carolina. Current artistic directions include include performance, video, photography, installation, and sculpture.

Staff Instructors

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Emily Bartelt
Bartelt is an artist, designer and teacher from West Bend, Wis. Growing up, she split time between Wisconsin, Virginia and Sicily. Fueled by an appreciation and love for the traditions of glass art, she's currently studying glass at Tidewater Community College in Portsmouth. She runs a design and educational study gallery in Norfolk., and has won numerous awards, including the Visual Art Center Director’s Choice Award.

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Joan Biddle
Born in Herndon, VA, Biddle received a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2011. Now living and working in Norfolk, she discovered glassblowing through her studies at school and has pursued further education in the field through scholarships to attend classes at places such as the Corning Museum of Glass, Penland School of Crafts and Pilchuck Glass School.
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Laura McFie
McFie is a Hampton Roads transplant. While obtaining a B.S in business at ODU, she randomly took a glassblowing class at TCC. She immediately fell in love with the molten material and forever altered her life. She has since immersed herself in classes, workshops, teaching, and exhibiting her creations throughout the region. With an appreciation of both performance and teamwork, she's fit right in at the Studio.

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Tim Spurchise
Spurchise, originally from Syracuse, holds a B.A. in Studio Art and a B.A. in Art History from Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York. Skilled in both glassblowing and metal sculpture, during his undergraduate career he received six awards for excellence in art and participated in 11 exhibitions. Post-graduation, Tim held an internship at ArtRage Gallery in Syracuse, New York while continuing his education in metal sculpture at Syracuse University. Spurchise currently works as an instructional assistant for the glass department at Tidewater Community College in Portsmouth, and as a staff instructor at the Chrysler Museum of Art Glass Studio.

Adjunct Faculty

Hannah Kirkpatrick

Hannah Kirkpatrick
Hannah received her B.F.A. with a concentration in glass from the Rhode Island School of Design. The New Jersey native has been a teaching assistant at both RISD and Pilchuck Glass School. At the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio Hannah teaches teasers and workshops, assists the Studio team, and is developing a range of new work and skills.

Kathy Little

Kathy Little
Little, who hails from California, brings 30 years of experience and a robust enthusiasm to her glass practice. She draws inspiration from organic forms and Southern culture, and is knowledgeable in multiple glass techniques. Kathy owns and operates her own glass studio in Suffolk, Virginia, and teaches fusing and other classes at the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio.

Julia Rogers

Julia Rogers
Rogers is a sculptor who focuses on installation and performance art using glass, metal, and other materials. She holds a B.F.A. from Southern Illinois University and an M.F.A. from Bowling Green State University. Originally from Oregon, Julia owned and operated the Missoula School of Hot Glass in Missoula, Montana, and taught at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit.

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Joshua Solomon
This award-winning glass artist, born in Oceanside, NY and a graduate of Bard College, credits a serendipitous 1999 encounter with a gypsy as his introduction to glassblowing. In 2001, concurrent with his studies at Bard, Joshua began an apprenticeship with glass artist Barry Entner in Rhinebeck, NY. Over the next six years he learned many non-traditional glass blowing and casting techniques. In 2007, Joshua moved to Staunton, VA to further explore his own designs and work with glass artist Minh Martin. With his move to Norfolk in 2011, Joshua focused mainly on commissions and one-of-a-kind works. In the fall of 2012 he joined the assistantship program at the Chrysler Museum's glass studio, and his association with the Studio expands with each passing year.

Kristi Totoritis

Kristi Totoritis
Born in San Diego California, Kristi's work explores the dichotomy of different cultures and their approach to the cycle of life. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in Glass and a minor in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has studied at numerous institutions nationwide including Pilchuck Glass School, Pittsburgh Glass Center, the Corning Museum of Glass, the Bullseye Resource Center and the Penland School of Crafts.

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Sarah Vaughn
Sarah Vaughn fell in love with glass while pursuing a BFA at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Over the next 12 years she traveled from coast to coast and abroad working in various public-access and non-profit studios in a variety of capacities. In 2014 Sarah received her MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology. She now works as an instructor at the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio teaching techniques ranging from glassblowing to kiln casting. .

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Colin McKinnon

Colin Mckinnon is a native of Washington, D.C., and has a degree from Duke University. He found his love for glass and the making process at Tidewater Community College in Portsmouth, VA, where he honed his artistic Skill. Colin works in bright colors and traditional, Italian-influenced patterning. He continues to develop his practice through his work at the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio and classes at places such as the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. He now lives and works in Norfolk, VA.

Studio Assistants

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Kimberly McKinnis

Kimberly McKinnis is an artist, educator, and curator originally from Southern California. She holds a BFA in studio art with a concentration in glass and a MFA from the Museum Studies program at the California State University Fullerton. In her personal studio practice she utilizes a variety of media, including silver, glass, video and performance. Her work focuses on themes of identity and introspection.


Jen Detlefsen

Jen Detlefsen is a Virginia-based glass artist, mother, and veteran. Living and traveling abroad have deeply informed her creative practice, manifesting in the alchemy of mixed-media assemblage, photography, jewelry making, painting, and performance. While completing her associate degree at Tidewater Community College's Visual Arts Center, she explored themes of masculine/feminine dichotomy, double standards, motherhood, and literature'’s impact on gender roles.


Josh Johnson

Josh Johnson was born and raised in Denver, Colo., and attended Denver School of Arts, where he pursued theater and the visual arts. After relocating to Norfolk, and attending The Visual Arts Center at Tidewater Community College, he discovered his love of glass. The functional glassware he creates is heavily influenced by the Pueblo Native American ceramics of his home state. In the vein of the Studio Glass Movement, Johnson is inspired by Richard Marquis' use of pattern and uses a variety of technical color applications in his vessels.


Kelsey Finnie

Kelsey Finnie grew up in Columbus, Ohio, in a family with a rich heritage of glass artists. Her own use of glass began at The Ohio State University, where she obtained a Bachelors of Fine Arts. In her native state, Finnie worked as a fabricator, artist assistant, and instructor at institutions such as Glass Axis Studios, The Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion, Schmidt Messenger Studios, Firenation, and Gathered Glass Studios. She has been awarded scholarships at major craft institutions including The Corning Museum of Glass, Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pilchuck Glass School, and Penland School of Crafts.


Kelsie McNair

McNair's work includes photography, floral design, styling, songwriting, and performance. She uses vintage objects to tell stories and create a vignettes to serve as both an archive and a way to reconnect to those she has lost in her life. Her research delves into the Victorian language of flowers, and their historical meaning as relates to traditional societal female ideologies of beauty, love, sexuality, and preservation. McNair is the founder of With Lavender and Lace, which started as a brick-and-mortar storefront, then grew into an online boutique of handcrafted floral femme-centric objects. McNair currently resides in Norfolk and is working on her first record, Pyrrhic Whim—an emotionally dense, cinematic experience of baroque-style pop music, which is set to be released in winter 2016.

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Meredith Lopez

Through her art, Meredith Lopez pulls the viewer into fantastical worlds, evoking a sense of both childlike wonder and somber contemplation. Her narrative sculptures depict surreal, dreamlike scenarios that capture a fragile moment in time, illustrating the introspective aftermath of the human struggle. Often combining kiln-formed glass and mixed media, Lopez is drawn to the process, versatility, and inherent meaning associated with glass, while utilizing whichever medium best suits her overall vision. Lopez was born a fraternal twin in a family of engineers and lived a nomadic and culturally expansive childhood. She received a B.F.A. from the Rochester Institute of Technology Glass Program in 2015 and has furthered her artistic studies at craft institutions such as Penland School of Craft and the Pittsburgh Glass Center.


Mollie Hansen

Mollie Hansen was born and raised in the great state of Michigan within metro Detroit. She graduated from Centre College in 2016 with a B.A. in studio art and art history. Learning from and working for renowned artist Stephen Rolfe Powell, she plays with color and light to capture shadows and reflections. She makes historical references by playing with the display and process of objects. Hansen has studied both Pilchuck Glass School and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and has worked for various glass artists around Detroit, including Epiphany Glass Studio.


Samuel Spees

Samuel Spees grew up in Dayton, Ohio, where he discovered his love of sports including football and baseball. Recruited by Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, for his athletic talents, Spees discovered his love for artistic endeavors, specifically involving the seductive medium of glass. Under the tutelage of his professor, boss, and personal mentor, Stephen Powell, he realized his aptitude for glassblowing. For his thesis exhibition, Spees developed a body of work exploring lighting in relation to Venetian form. He graduated from Centre College with a B.A. in Studio Art in 2016.


Suzanne Peterson

Suzanne Peterson is a visual and performance artist born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. She received her B.F.A. in studio arts at the University of Wisconsin in 2015. Peterson has exhibited at venues such as the Madison Children’s Museum and Woman Made Gallery in Chicago. Recently her work was featured in New Glass Review and in Laura Donefer's Glass Fashion Show in Corning, New York. Her installation and durational performance art pieces explore the body and its intersection with avant-garde fashion. Her newest works are experimentally blown forms that attempt to extricate the functionality from commonplace tableware.