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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

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. .

Studio Assistants

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James Akers

James Akers is an artist, educator, and mad scientist who has an explosive approach to making. Born in 1993 in Maryland, Akers graduated in 2015 with a BFA from Alfred University. Thriving on change, and fascinated by waves of all kinds—sound, light, electricity—he is synthesizing a new mindset: the “hacker artist.” Currently Akers is teaching neon and glass at the Chrysler Museum of Art and is head processor at Riehl Deal Neon.

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Ali Feeney

Born in the mountains of Colorado in 1992, Ali Feeney is an emerging artist and educator. She creates mixed-media collaged reliquaries exploring the memory of her childhood. Feeney received a BFA with honors concentrating in glass and sculpture from Alfred University in 2015. She has worked at a variety of institutions such as Pilchuck Glass School, Fuji Studios, and Santa Reparata International School of Art.

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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.

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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.

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Kayla Ohlmer

Kayla Ohlmer was born in 1991 and grew up in Oklahoma. She attended Centre College in Kentucky , graduating with a BA in Studio Art in 2014 and receiving the Bonner Scholars Scholarship for nonprofit work. Ohlmer has worked with artists such as Stephen Rolfe Powell and DH McNabb. Passionate about social justice issues, politics, and international relations, her work contemplates philosophies of personal reality, recognition, and self-consciousness within a global society.

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Taylor Thornton

Taylor Thornton was raised in Chesapeake, VA. He graduated from Tidewater Community College with honors and a specialization in glass. Currently he is a high honors candidate for his BFA from Norfolk State University. In his work, Taylor utilizes bright vibrant colors combined with complex cane patterns inspired by traditional Venetian techniques and contemporary maestros. Regionally exhibited and published, Taylor has a solo exhibition this spring in Vestibule 102, Norfolk, VA.

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Sarah Todd

Sarah Todd was born in Champagne, IL, and was raised in Fairfax, VA. She received her Bachelor’s degree of Fine Arts in Craft and Material Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2015. Sarah is a process-driven artist who creates interactive cast-glass vessels that reflect autobiographical moments and memories. Sarah has been an instructor at the Corning Museum of Glass and has worked on staff at Pilchuck Glass School.

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Jade Usackas

Jade Usackas is an artist, educator and designer, who was born in Orillia, Ontario. She utilizes glass and mixed media to explore the contrast of human relationships and the natural world. Usackas has studied art and glass throughout North America at institutions including Fleming College, Sheridan College, Pilchuck Glass School, the Corning Museum of Glass, and Harbourfront Centre in Toronto.

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Madisyn Zabel

Madisyn Zabel is an Australian-based artist who investigates the dynamic relationships between three-dimensional objects and their two-dimensional representation. Her work also explores the growing dialogue between craft and digital technology. Zabel received her honors degree with a concentration in glass from the Australian National University School of Art, Canberra. She has travelled abroad to participate in workshops at Pilchuck Glass School and the Corning Museum of Glass.