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Chrysler Museum Glass Studio Team

Robin Rogers

Robin Rogers, 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 and 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 Coordinator and 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

Claire Cadorette, a Rhode Island School of Design graduate with a BFA in glass, uses her work to bridge the relationship between the subjectivity of the object and the objectivity of the body. Also studying language at the Karlóva Université in the Czech Republic, Cadorette pursues the futility of communication. Cadorette is a multidisciplinary conceptual artist who participates in both gallery openings and performances.

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Nicolas Held

Nicolas Held’s first real exposure to making art was an after school program he began attending his sophomore year of high school, once he accepted that he was never going to be tall enough to play basketball. Held is a native San Franciscan, and his love of drawing developed when he saw the film Troy, which continued a long interest in Homer's Odyssey. Drawing warriors, their armor, and their weapons allowed him to calmly endure any class. Art school was an easy decision and California College of the Arts beckoned. By chance, he found himself in a glass hot shop and it was love at first sight. He works using skills he honed as an Eagle Scout—teamwork and risk taking as well as self-reliance and independence. His interest in social environments continue to be his main source of inspiration. His work combines the dual interest in the man-made and disposable with the organic and reproductive.

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Staci Katsias

Interested in ecology, politics, philosophy, and health, Staci Katsias uses art as a way to express strong feelings about current topics. She explores various media, especially painting, ceramics, printmaking, and glass. She finds the translucent and timeless nature of glass fascinating. Her work is in public, private, and corporate collections, including Target Corporation, The Rutter Family Art Foundation, The Brock Environmental Center, and outdoors in the Virginia Beach VIBE District. Professionally, Katsias has served on the Board of Trustees at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art since 2011.

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Eriko Kobayashi

Eriko Kobayashi was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. She fell in love with the color and texture of glass while studying design at Jissen Women’s University. She graduated from there in 2014 and completed certification studies at Toyama City Institute of Glass Art in 2016. Glass evokes her urge to create, and her vision with the material introduces playfulness to the technically demanding skill of glass blowing. Her artistic adventure has developed into a rebellion against the status quo. Always seeking new stimulation, Eriko tries to make pieces that deepen thought and give off positive, energetic vibes. She received the International Exhibition of Glass Kanazawa Atsushi Prize in 2016. Her work is currently on display at the Yamanaka Hotel in Kanazawa, Japan.

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Anya Petit

Ever fascinated by fog creeping over the landscape, Anya Petit is an artist and writer who works with layers of transparency and translucency to seek the mystery in the every day. From her experience studying glass at Rhode Island School of Design, Anya came to understand glass and language in much the same way, each having the ability to reveal and clarify, or to conceal and obscure. This conundrum serves as an undercurrent to her work, which takes the form of sculpture, installation, story, drawing, and poetry.

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Jackie Polofka

Jackie Polofka is a practicing artist who is drawn to the intricacy and beauty of natural formations and patterns. Polofka uses various techniques to capture these temporary natural wonders with glass while adding her own quirky flair. Growing up in Ohio, she split her year between the serene Kelleys Island and city life in Toledo, the birthplace of the studio art glass movement. Polofka graduated from Bowling Green State University with a BFA in 2016. She has shown her work in multiple exhibitions, most notably in the Momentum Juried Exhibition in Toledo, OH (2017) and the Glass Arts Society International Student Online Exhibition (2016) where she placed.

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Jon Zapiecki

Jon Zapiecki is an artist who began his adventure with glass at the Toledo Museum of Art. His craft has taken him to many different locations for a broad range of opportunities, from doing public demonstrations at amusement parks and teaching to working production in private studios. Recently, Zapiecki graduated from Bowling Green State University with a BFA in Glass and Sculpture.

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Katherine Zeilman

“I am learning to allow my process to operate as a means of catharsis, of healing—as the act of transmuting one’s self is unending.” Born and raised in rural Ohio, Katherine Zeilman received her BFA in Sculpture from the Columbus College of Art & Design in 2016. She has also studied at The Ohio State University, Pittsburgh Glass Center, and Penland School of Crafts. As an artist and craftswoman, Zeilman regards the challenge of labor and technical glassblowing to be an intrinsic part of her process, and she is driven to incorporate personal experiences with psychological dysfunction into her practice with glass as a medium. In addition to Zeilman’s experience as a teaching assistant, instructor, demonstrator, and production assistant, her work has received several awards in the Midwest and has been exhibited nationally.



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