Liz Strickland Artist Bio

At age two Liz Strickland created her first piece of artwork, multicolored dots on a piece of paper.  When her mother asked her about her creations she titled it “Rainbow Snowy Day”.  With a life long passions for the arts it was no surprise that Liz chose to pursue a BFA in Glass at California College of the Arts.  In 2009 she graduated with distinction.

Since the completion of her under graduated degree Liz has continued to make art and show throughout the bay area. To continue her practice as a glass artist Liz interns and teaches at The Crucible.  She is responsible for the maintenance of the Crucible’s Fusing and Slumping Department in exchange or kiln use.  She has created graphics for the 2012 Glass symposium.  She also spent time volunteering with the summer youth glass blowing classes, helping to shape the next generations of glass artist.

Because the elements of detail, size and material spark an initial interest, the work draws the viewer in with its stunning presence. The content displayed in its intricacy holds one’s attention, constructing a space to explore the many levels of history, beauty and personal connection to place. The cinematic co-mingling of concept and content nurture an environment of discovery allowing the viewer to assemble a personal reading of the story, imagery and emotion found within each piece. Liz’s work investigates the overlap of perception, past and present, using materials, images and scale to manifest an emotional landscape that allows for total immersion in the work.

Marty Meade

Has been working glass since 1973. 

Marty Mead has been a glass artist since 1973, studying traditional stained glass with Judy Raffael, (now know as Judy North).  In 1981, she traveled to Chartres France to study with Roger Darricarrere.Her recent passion to the torch resulted from a workshop given by her early student, Leah Fairbanks.  The many years of working with glass and her painting experience, made it an easy transition for this new love affair.In 2008, she attended an advanced bead making seminar in Murano, Italy with Leah Fairbanks and Andrea Guarino-Slemmons.Marty has been teaching glass art at the College of Marin since 1978 and won the College of Marin’s Academic Senate Award for Community Education Teacher of the Year in 2006.  Her teaching has taken her to the Banff Center for the Arts in Alberta, Canada, where she introduced stained glass as a fine art.  In 1982, she testified before the California Assembly as the expert in the field on changing AB3299 to include stained glass as a fine art.  She has specialized in commissioned stained glass for private homes and autonomous panels for galleries.  She is also a painter, teaching watercolor at the College of Marin since 1995.Marty has been inspired by her Pima Indian and Mexican heritage.  The Corn Necklace came from a dream image, and was created as a tribute to this sacred food source.Her art was featured in a Japanese magazine. Art Pictorial, Vol9, “Spirit and Tradition in American Artists, Ms. Martha Ronay Meade, September 1996. A bead from the Salmon Series, was selected for the permanent collection in the Lampwork Museum in KOBE Japan.Presently, Marty shares her studio with other bead makers, and has hosted annual workshops with Leah Fairbanks. Other guest artists to her studio have included: John Winter of West Virginia, Katherine Wadsworth from Louisiana. Bead making on Monday and Thursday mornings continues to be a special gathering of friends. Because of this collaboration, the group became known as the Arroyo Road Bead Collective.

* She is the recipient of a California Arts Council Grant, Marin Arts Council Community Grant. A stained glass series depicting San Geronimo landscape, is now part of the permanent art collection at the San Geronimo Community Center. It was designed by Marty, and executed by Valley students under her direction.

John Forbes Artist Bio

Started working in glass in 1968.

John started working with stained glass in 1968 in Bonnie Doon, CA. As a 1960s musician /artist “flower child”, he had visions of stained glass windows and focused on learning to make windows. He taught himself the craft by picking up windows from abandoned buildings and repairing them himself. Forbes traveled east to seek out Tiffany windows and to Europe, searching for Art Nouveau windows. He also “got into the Car thing”. He was inspired by Dan Fenton (they “really clicked”), David Ruth and Jim Lundberg. John’s path has been to do commissions, “to make pieces for people”. He has made many large commissions, including McFly bars and restaurants.

Kelp Window
John Forbes

Glass Car
John Forbes

JC Herrell Artist Bio

Started working in glass in Wisconsin in 2001.  She has been working in glass in California for 1.5 years.

While working as a corporate trainer, JC began to teach herself lampworking in 2000. In January 2005, addicted to melting glass and having established the roots of her current business, she began making beads full time. The decision to dedicate her total energy to learning the craft and business of beadmaking allowed for a self-education revolution for JC who soon found additional energy from the advise and inspiration of her peers. After exploring and learning to work enamels on lampwork beads, JC began teaching enamel workshops and classes in 2007. Her fondness for enamel was quickly surpassed by a desire to control stringer and create designs with fine, straight lines inspired by a long history of architectural interest. JC currently works from a home studio on the Mendocino coast in northern California.

JC Herrell
Lampwork, soft glass, enamel, stringerwork
Average focal bead 25mm

“Playhouse Beads”
JC Herrell
Lampwork, soft glass, stringerwork
Average bead size 30-4-mm

Brian Coleman Artist Bio

Started working in glass in the 1970’s.

Brian Coleman has been working in glass since the early 70’s and he has established himself as one of the most well-known and respected California neon artists you will find. His exhibitions span over 30 years from galleries in New York and the Corning Museum of Glass, to Paris, France, and in California at the California Crafts Museum, the Museum of Neon Art, and the Oceanside Museum of Art.