Formal Education and Professional Development:

 

  • 2018 –  Coloring in the Fundamental​s

    • Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, Washington

    • Teaching Assistant for Madeline Prowd and Lewis Batchelar

  • 2016 – 2017  JamFactory Contemporary Design & Craft, Adelaide South Australia

    • Associate Designer, Glass 2 years

  • 2011 – 2015 Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina

    • Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts - Studio Concentration

    • GPA: Overall 3.5/Major 3.8

 

  • 2017– Glass Blowing Technique with Enameling

    • Taught by Dave Walters: The JamFactory – Adelaide, South Australia

    • This class focused on the blown form as a means to achieve ‘clean’ complex and sculptural work.  While focusing on this idea, we used blown elements and bit work to further expand the possibilities of the bubble and its ability to express an idea.

 

  • 2017– Pablo Soto Workshop

    • Taught by Pablo Soto: The JamFactory – Adelaide, South Australia

    • This workshop provided an opportunity to better understand various approaches to working with color as well as helped develop technical skills as they relate to using color. 

 

  • 2016 – Fundamentals for the Artist Working in Glass

    • Taught by Jen Elek: The JamFactory – Adelaide, South Australia

    • This class explored the fundamentals of glass blowing with a potential for collaboration and color exploration

 

  • 2016 – Fundamentals of Color and Design

    • Taught by Nadege Desgenetez: The JamFactory – Adelaide, South Australia

    • This workshop explored the potential for color to affect form, function and meaning and helped to develop technical analytical critical skills in relation to using color.  Multiple overlay techniques, incalmo, stuffed cups, cane work, and more were covered based on individual projects.

 

  • 2015 – Cups!

    • Taught by Michael Schunke & Josie Gluck: Urban Glass – Brooklyn, New York

    • This class exposed me to a variety of glassmaking techniques related to tumblers and goblets.  Topics covered included general goblet anatomy and assembly: cups, stems, feet, avolios; design elements: optic molds, stem and bowl styles, handles.

 

  • 2015 – A Cumulative Effect

    • Taught by Ben Cobb & Pablo Soto: Penland School of Crafts - Penland, North Carolina.

    • The focus of this workshop was around problem solving.  We focused on fundamental shapes as building blocks to make anything we desired.  We covered many techniques including color application from the most basic to cane and incalmo.

  • 2015 – Venetian Vacation

    • Taught by Nancy Callan: Haystack School of Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine

    • In this advanced class, we focused on learning the nuances of a basic setup in order to achieve a desired outcome.  We used cane experiments and applied to functional and sculptural forms with an emphasis on design and clarity of execution. 

 

  • 2014  - New Shape: New Surface

    • Taught by Ethan Stern: Penland School of Crafts – Penland, North Carolina

    • In this class, we worked with sculptural concepts and focused on thinking outside of the box.  We concentrated on form, scale, layering and color application.  We worked with engraving and carving to explore texture, color surface and form and used various tools to shape the bubble.

 

  • 2014 - Design Within Reach

    • Taught by Pablo Soto: Urban Glass – Brooklyn, New York

    • This course focused on bubble set-ups, finding center and creating drastic transitions in form.  We also covered how patterning like cane, incalmo, etc. affects the approach to form and helped uncover ways of breaking out of the neo-classical shape universe.

 

Exhibitions:

  • 2019 – 'Reflections on Nature', Wilkes Art Gallery, North Wilkesboro NC

  • 2017 – Alumni Invitational Exhibition, Cullowhee, NC

  • 2017 – ‘Generate’ Exhibition, Adelaide, Australia

  • 2017 – ‘Benchmark’ Exhibition, Adelaide, Australia

  • 2015 – Western Carolina University Atrium Solo Exhibition

  • 2015 – Western Carolina University Juried Art Exhibition

    • Museum Director’s Award

    • Dean’s Purchase Award

  • 2014 – Western Carolina University Juried Art Exhibition

    • First Place Winner in Sculpture Category

  • 2014 – MFA BFA RAD Show (Asheville, NC)

 

Achievements and Scholarships:

  • 2016 - Selected as a JamFactory Glass Associate

  • 2016 – Windgate Fellowship Award – Top 20 Finalist

  • 2011 – 2015 Western Carolina University Dean’s List

  • 2013 – 2015 Western Carolina University College of Fine and Performing Arts Honors

  • 2015 - Windgate Fellowship Award Finalist  

  • 2015 - Summer Scholarship Recipient for Penland School of Crafts - Penland, NC

  • 2015 - Summer Scholarship Recipient for Haystack School of Crafts - Deer Isle, Maine

  • 2014 - Summer Scholarship Recipient for Penland School of Crafts – Penland, NC

  • Glass Art Society Member

Relevant Work Experience:

  • Glass Instructor - Southwestern Community College - February 2019 - Present (Sylva NC)

  • Cole Johnson Glass - Owner - February 2019 - Present (Waynesville NC)

  • Glass Associate - Lexington Glassworks - March 2018 - February 2019 (Asheville NC)

  • Associate Designer, Glass – The JamFactory Contemporary Craft and Design - January 2016 - December 2017 (Adelaide, Australia)

  • Glass Assistant – Tim Edwards – February 2016 – October 2016 (Adelaide, Australia)

  • Glass Artist - Jackson County Green Energy Park (JCGEP) - December 2013 – January 2016 (Dillsboro, NC)

  • Glass Artist/Instructor - Asheville Glass Center - September 2014 – April 2015 (Asheville, NC)

  • Assistant Instructor – Western Carolina University’s “Beginning Glass” course at JCGEP – June 2014 (Dillsboro, NC)

  • Glass Intern – Jackson County Green Energy Park - August 2013 - December 2013 (Dillsboro, NC)