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.
Sarah Gilbert, Gaffer
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.
Nick Davis, Tech
Nick was born and raised in Kansas, where he graduated from Emporia State University. After acquiring glass and metalworking skills at school and local glass studios he followed work to New Mexico and then Seattle. As a part of the Seattle glass community, Nick worked as a freelance metalworker and tech, production glassblower, and instructor at institutions such as Pratt Fine Arts and Museum of Glass. When not working on equipment in the cone, Nick likes to ride bikes and make glassblowing tools.
Kristin Elliot, Cold Worker
Born and raised in Kansas, Kristin began working with glass in 2006 and later earned a BFA in Glass and a minor in Art History from Emporia State Univeristy. In 2011 she moved to Seattle in search of a professional coldworking career, where she has become an integral part of the glass community, working freelance for many artists as well as the sole cold worker at Museum of Glass. When not running multiple machines in the shop, Kristin is exploring the Pacific Northwest with her two pups.
Greg Owen, Emcee Coordinator
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.