WE SHOW YOU HOW IT'S DONE!
Visiting Artists from around the globe repeatedly say our Hot Shop Team is one of the best teams of glassblowers in the world. Any day you come to the Museum, you’ll be able to see them in action. When you’re in the Hot Shop, you won’t see staged demos, but an authentic artistic process. You may see a chalk sketch turn into a beautiful sculpture, the artists changing course mid-stream or occasionally—as we push the limits—a piece crash and become a “floor model.”
Benjamin Cobb, Hot Shop Manager/Gaffer
Originally from Newport, Rhode Island, Ben has been working in glass since 1993. He earned a BFA in Glass & Sculpture at Rochester Institute of Technology’s School of American Crafts. He has worked at The Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine, The Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass in New York, Pilchuck Glass School in Washington State and Bacchus Glass in Sonoma, California. To the disappointment of many visitors, Ben’s a happily married man.
Gabe Feenan, Gaffer
Gabe has been working in glass since 1996. Prior to joining the MOG Hot Shop Team in 2002, Gabe worked in and around the California Bay area, both at Smyers Glassworks in Benicia and Bacchus Glass in Sonoma. Rarely will you see Gabe without a smile on his face, and this spirit of fun is evident in his personal designs. When he’s not turning a blow pipe, he’s likely to be holding a fishing pole.
Niko Dimitrijevic, Starter
Niko is our newest Hot Shop Team member, coming to MOG in October 2010. He earned his BFA at New York’s Alfred University in 2004 and has been working in glass ever since with artists including Randy Walker, Ross Richmond, William Morris and Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen. Rumor has it that Niko has a sweet tooth, with a particular affinity for cake.
Sarah Gilbert, Head Technician
Sarah was raised in Rochester, NY, and began working in glass in 1999. She earned a BFA in glass and sculpture from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2005. She’s the one who ensures the Hot Shop runs smoothly. A former Philly resident, Sarah sides with Geno’s in the all-important cheesesteak debate.
Greg Owen, Lead Emcee
Greg began working in glass in 1986, as a student of Martin Blank’s at Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle, Washington. He quickly landed a job working at Dale Chihuly’s Buffalo Building, and later moved to New York to study at the Experimental Glass Workshop (later know as Urban Glass). Greg earned his BFA in Glass from California College of the Arts, has worked often in Denmark and Sweden, and at the Pilchuck Glass School. He currently is lead Emcee at the Museum, as well as the Project Manager for the Museum’s Hot Shop Heroes program. Outside of glass, Greg loves exploring the mountains of Puget Sound region, listening to music and teaching yoga.