about the hot shop team museum of glass


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.”

The Team

about the hot shop team museum of glassBenjamin Cobb, Hot Shop Director/Lead 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.


about the hot shop team museum of glassGabe 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.


about the hot shop team museum of glassSarah 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 DavisNick 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.


Hot Shop Team Member Kristin Elliot

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 University. 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. 







Want to see what's going on in the Hot Shop?  During Museum hours, you can watch all the action live via our live video feed.  Watch now »




Image credits:
Team photo by Rick Dahms.  All other photos by Ken Emly or Team Members.


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