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Chrysler Museum Glass Studio Team

Robin Rogers

Robin Rogers, Interim Glass Studio Manager and Program Director • (757) 333-6322
Robin, 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
As an avid fan of frozen treats, Gayle Forman seems to gravitate toward things that melt, spill, and generally make a mess. As an artist and designer her studio practice and research focuses on play, imagination, the absurd and the everyday. The work is realized as performance, video, photography, installation and sculpture. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 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.

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Emily Bartelt
Emily 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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Kelsey Finnie
Kelsey 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 many institutions throughout Ohio and Virginia.

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Laura McFie
While pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Business at Old Dominion University, Laura McFie took a glassblowing class at Tidewater Community College. She immediately fell in love with the molten material, and the experience forever altered her life. The Chrysler Museum of Art Perry Glass Studio staff member has since immersed herself in classes, workshops, teaching, and exhibiting her creations throughout the region.

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Luke Stone
Luke began making art in Ohio at the Toledo Museum of Art. Here he investigated different creative techniques offered through the museum’s courses. Starting with photography he moved onto iron working and later found hot glass to be his medium of choice. Luke received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University where he focused his time on metal working and hot glass manipulation. In his current work, Luke explores how narrative may be used by glass to create visual stories.

Adjunct Faculty

Hannah Kirkpatrick

Hannah Kirkpatrick

Hannah Kirkpatrick 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.

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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 aMFA from the Museum Studies program at the California State University Fullerton. In her personal studio practiceshe utilizes a variety of media, including silver, glass, video andperformance. Her work focuses on themes of identity and introspection.

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Suzanne Peterson

Suzanne Peterson is a visual and performance artist with a BFA from The University of Wisconsin. She has recently exhibited work at WomanMade Gallery, been published in New Glass Review and walked in Laura Donefer’s Glass Fashion Show. Her installation and durational performance work explore the self physically, psychologically, and relationally. Her newest works are experimentally blown forms that attempt to highlight our inability to fully share with another.

Julia Rogers

Julia Rogers

Julia 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. |

Avery Shaffer

Avery Shaffer

Avery Shaffer, an artist anddesigner working in glass and social media, received his BFA from East Carolina University with a concentration in painting. His glass studio, Ellenburg andShaffer createsnationally prominent commercial work. In his personal exploration, Shaffer uses large, wall-mounted glass pieces to explore gay identity and the male form. Using his online persona, Abel Valerie, he has created a body of work including the warehouse party/shows of Who is Abel Valerie and Starseed, which have taken the virtually interactive component into real time.

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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 yearshe 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 2012he joined the assistantship program at the Chrysler Museum's glass studio,and moved on as faculty the following year.

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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 yearsshe 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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Claire Cadorette

Born in Massachusetts in 1994, Claire Cadorette attempts to embody specific states of the human experience. As of2016she is a Rhode Island School of Design Graduate, with her BFA inglass, also studying at the Karlóva Université in the Czech Republic, Cadorette has attempted to pursue academics as well as the arts. Cadorette has participated in gallery openings and performances alike, thematically covering intimacy and alienation. Sinceschoolshe has worked as an instructor, a farmer, and artist.Currentlyshe has relocated to Virginia to participate in the Chrysler Museum’s artist assistantship.

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Breay Fee

Originally from Lafayette, Louisiana, Breay Fee is a multi-sectional visual artist residing in Norfolk, Virginia. She is currently in the process of earning her Associates of Fine Arts from Tidewater Community College. Breay operates in many different mediums in order to record important moments in her own life and practice. Currently, her main focus is glassblowing, and she is presently working to better her knowledge of the medium as an assistant at the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio.

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Nicolas Held

Nicolas Held was born in San Francisco, although has traveled to the South of France & other parts of Europe since he was less than a year old. His interest in art started in elementary school where he would draw soldiers, inspired fromHomer's Trojan War Tales and The Odessey, rather than pay attention in class. In high school participating in screen printing classes for anafter school programencourage him to apply to art school and attended California College of the Arts where he received a BFA inglass. In the glassworld he learned teamwork skills while at the same time the ability to be independent. Social environments and graffiti were and still are his main source of inspiration for his work. His work correlates with an interest inhuman made perfection and organic forms that naturally grow over time. He would describe his work as Bipolar.

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Staci Katsias

Interested in ecology, the environment, and earth, Staci Katsias uses art as a way to express strong feelings about current topics. For ten years she has explored various media especially printmaking, ceramics, and current exploration inglass. Her work is in public, private, and corporate collections, including Target Corporation, The Rutter Family Art Foundation, The Brock Environmental Center, and the Virginia Beach VIBE District. Professionally she has served on the Board of Trustees at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, 2011 – the present.

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Eriko Kobayashi

Eriko Kobayashi was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. She graduated from the Jissen Women’s University in 2014. She entered college and fell in love with the color and texture of glass. She finished glass certification studies program at Toyama City Institute of Glass Art School in 2016. Currently, Eriko is taking the assistantship program at the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio. She received a prize ofinternational exhibitionof glass Kanazawa Atsushi Takeda prize in 2016. Her graduation work has been reviewed inart magazinein 2016. She always seeks new stimulation, and tries to make pieces that deepen thought and give off positive, energetic vibes. Glass evokes her urge to create.

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Charles Manion

Charles Manion got his BFA in glass at Ohio State while touring in the art punktrio Stella and broadcasting popular punk shows from his basement in Columbus. After completing a Technical Direction apprenticeship at CATCO Theatre, he moved to Denver to blow glass at Lato Scientific Glassworks while recording and touring in Floating Teeth. He is currently a studio assistant at the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio, and the Teeth’s second album is due out in the fall.

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Leana Quade

Ohio Native, Leana Quade has been manipulating glass for 16 years. She received her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2003. Her work has been shown internationally, including Belgium, China, Italy and the United States. She has worked in many organizations including Pilchuck, Penland, Corning, Haystack and the Pratt Fine Art Center. Quade’s approach to working with glass is investigational, often modifying traditional techniques to create work that reflects her individual style. Her artwork exploits glass and other materials inviting viewers to question the material and what they are seeing. Quade recently received her MFA in Sculpture at Alfred University in upstate New York. She plans to continue her studio practice while pursuing her passion for teaching and sharing her love of glass.

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Aliya Zafar

Aliya Zafar is an interdisciplinary artist exploring the ethereal qualities of interconnectivity through light and shadow. Her studio practice combines digital media, photography, glass, wood, and metals. While pursuing her B.F.A. at the Rhode Island School of Design, Zafar found hot glass, a time-based material capable of vivacious manipulation. She believes this is a medium that lets her explore motifs through luminosity and abstract ideas.

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Liz Zumpano

Liz Zumpano is an artist whose untraditional approach to craft includes glass, illustration, print, and collage. Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Liz received her BA in Studio Arts from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point in 2016,and has since worked at studios such as Hammerton Lighting in Salt Lake City and Mind Blown in Deadwood, South Dakota. Liz currently lives and creates art in Norfolk, Virginia, where she is a studio assistant at the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio.



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