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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.

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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Gayle Forman
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. Currently Gayle is located in Norfolk, Virginia as a Studio Assistant at the Chrysler Museum of Art Glass Studio, where she is a Glass Instructor, and her work can include performance, video, photography, installation, and sculpture.

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Van Eric Harned
Harned, born and raised in Norfolk, studied glass as a non-degree student in the Craft Materials Department at Virginia Commonwealth University. From there, he has worked at various glass studios in Richmond and Hampton Roads, and he is currently an independent visual artist and Glass Instructor at the Chrysler Museum of Art. He's known for exploring the interplay between applied arts, visual arts and music.

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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

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.

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.

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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.


Chrysler Museum Glass Studio Assistants

Assistantships are designed for students who have completed an initial course of glass study (B.F.A./A.A. or multiple workshops) and are looking to gain practical, professional studio experience in a Museum setting. Studio Assistants help with public glass demonstrations, classes, and general operations of the Studio for up to 10 hours a week for four months. The assistantship is unpaid, but offers many perks, including the opportunity to build skills, perform, teach, and assist world-recognized Visiting Artists. For more information, click here.


Assistants who made a move to instructor are listed in bold.
Current assistants are listed in italics.

James Akers:
Brandy Arab:
Nate Avery:
Teri Bailey:
Sarah Band:
Brianna Baron:
Emily Bartelt:
Jason Bauer:
Joan Biddle:
Pierre Bowring:
Dahlia Bushwick:
Mike Butzine:
Sean Donlon:
Ali Feeney:
Kelsey Finnie:
Gayle Forman:
John Forsythe:
Grant Garmezy:
Tyler Gordon:
Van Eric Harned
Hillary Heckard:
Eric Hernandez:
Hayley Hodge:
Emma Howell:
Quave Inman:
Annie Jacobsen:
Branner Johnston:
Hannah Kirkpatrick:
Phillip King:
Katie Kust:
Melanie Long:
Kathy Little:
Laura McFie:
Melanie Maglieri:
Kiersten Marshall: www.
Colin McKinnon
Kathryn Murphy:
Letitia Nichols
Kayla Ohlmer:
Jamie Parkerson:
Dawn Passineau:
Corey Pemberton:
Suzanne Peterson
Carolyn Riley
Molly Roderick:
John Shield:
Liesl Schubel:
Ben Smith:
Will Sprueill:
Tim Spurchise:
Josh Solomon:
Jessie Sommer:
Luke Stone:
Heather Sutherland:
Ryan Tanner:
Kristi Totoritis:
Mike Tracey:
Sarah Vaughn:
Hilary Wang:
Emily Warden:
David Wheeler:
Audrey Wilson: