Mari Chovan-Upton Artist Bio

Started working in glass in 1980 at the California College of Arts and Crafts (now CCA).

Hungarian-born artist Mari Chovan-Upton creates figurative and abstract sculptures in ceramic, stone, bronze and glass. She studied drawing and sculpture in Budapest, Hungary. painting in Florence, Italy and stone carving with Italian masters in Pietrasanta. She studied glass under Marvin Lipofsky at CCAC.

She was an artist in residence in kiln-cast glass at San Jose State University and taught kiln-cast glass at the Crucible for several years. Her work has been exhibited in the United States, Hungary and Italy.

In her glass works, whether figurative or abstract, she loves working with both natural and artificial light. In the inner life of a glass sculpture the reflected or captured light is constantly changing. She entices the viewers’ eyes to move beyond the surface, to enter the form, and discover the captured light inside. These unpredictable plays of inner light and shadow make the works seem naturally alive.

In her quest for this aliveness, her sculpture with artificial light (whether lit from below, or as plasma light inside) plays with how the light changes depending on both ambient lighting and viewer interaction.

Having intimately experienced the beauty of opaque colors in antique vases of Pate de Verre (“paste of glass”) back in Hungary, she has been using Pate de Verre for her figurative sculpture. This allows her to work in an opaque medium that brings in yet another element of light — translucent color.

Bending Light #2
Mari Chovan Upton
Kiln-Cast Glass
8” x 6 1/2 x 5 1/4

Mari Chovan Upton
Pate de Verre
9” x 2 1/2” x 7 1/2”

Jeremy Cline Artist Bio

Started working in glass in 1987. 

Jeremy Cline’s glasswork reflects his love for the medium, his fine craftsmanship and an ongoing endeavor to better his working processes. He started working with glass in 1987 at Santa Monica College, then furthered his education at the California College of Arts and Crafts and Pilchuck Glass School.

In 1991 he apprenticed with Pino Signoretto, Master Glass Artist, in Murano, Italy. This experience was a turning point in Jeremy’s career, whereby he heightened his level of proficiency in Venetian glass techniques and achieved a comprehensive understanding of the Artist-Designer relationship.

After his return from Italy, Jeremy opened his studio, Incline Glass, in 1992. Jeremy’s personal work examines the vessel as an art form, taking cues from the glass itself, as well as from antiquity and contemporary sources.

Besides creating his own unique work, Jeremy uses his facility to produce various pieces for other artists and designers, including custom lampshades for the lighting industry, and work as diverse as Venetian style stemware to solid sculpture to prototypes for industry. Jeremy continues to expand his abilities, techniques and methodology in pursuit of excellence in glass.

Birds of Paradise series
Jeremy Cline

Assorted scavo vases
Jeremy Cline
12″ to 16″ tall


Ron Carlson Artist Bio

Started working in glass in 1988 at Blodgett Glass.

Ron Carlson taught at UC San Diego Crafts Center from 1973 and was Director from 1977-2011. In 1988 he started working with glass at Blodgett Glass with Wally Blodgett. He reopened the glass program in 1996 at UCSD, “Fat Baby Glass Works,” with the help of Thor Bueno. He started the Neon Program at UCSD in 1988, “Grove Gas & Electric Co.”  He has been an active supporter of the glass and neon arts in Southern California.

“I started in 1988 at Blodgett Glass in a program I put together with Buzz’s father Wally. I put together the glass program at UCSD in 1996 with the help of Thor Bueno (CLARIFY)Impressive list, the only other things I can think of are: Wally Blodgett started his glass studio “”Blodgett Glass”” in Lucadia, Ca in 1969 or 70. Buzz would know. Wally was a true pioneer . The program I put together with Wally lasted two years, he had so much work he didn’t have time or space for classes. I started the Neon Program at UCSD in 1988, “”Grove Gas & Electric Co.”” The Glass Blowing program at UCSD that re-opened on campus in 1996 was “”Fat Baby Glas Works”””

Ron Carlson is a member at large of the Art Glass Association of Southern California.

Latchezar Boyadjiev Artist Bio

Started working in glass in the 1980’s.

Latchezar Boyadjiev was born and raised in Sofia, Bulgaria, where he attended the Ceramics Department of the Academy of Applied Arts. In 1985 he was admitted to the prestigious Academy of Applied Arts in Prague, Czech Republic (formerly Czechoslovakia). In 1986, just after graduating from the Academy, Latchezar Boyadjiev defected to the United States via Italy. After settling in California, Boyadjiev worked for more than ten years in the field of optical glass, using cold work techniques to create optical glass sculptures. Since there were limits to the size of his objects, he decided to change to cast glass.

Latchezar Boyadjiev

Latchezar Boyadjiev

Cassandria Blackmore Artist Bio

Started working in glass in 1989 in Portland, Oregon.  Started working in glass in California in 2008.

Cassandria Blackmore was born in California in 1968 and spent part of her childhood in Berkeley with her bohemian parents, an English father and her American mother. She grew up on a self sustaining farm in Oregon and learned at a very early age that everything had a process. Creativity was integral to existing. She moved to Seattle in the early 90s and worked for 20 years in the midst of the Seattle Studio Glass Movement before returning to her home state of California.

Blackmore is acclaimed for her unconventional approach to reverse painting. She is widely recognized as a pioneering artist whose work goes beyond the traditional boundaries of glass and into the contemporary realm. She studied at Lewis & Clark College, completed independent studies in Yorkshire, England, and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Pacific Northwest College of Art where her thesis was on exploring Eastern and Western perspectives on art. Her work is collected internationally and exhibited in galleries and museums across the country. She is a recipient of the prestigious Hauberg Fellowship for painting on glass. In 2006, she was honored as the Renwick Smithsonian artist of the month.

Blackmore’s recent commissions include a large scale permanent installation for the lobby of the new Waldorf Astoria. Her work is in the public collections of Neiman Marcus, Lexus Corp., Four Seasons, University of Washington, MGM Center, Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse, Pacific Central Bank, The Hilton, Opryland, The Peninsula Hotel, City of Seattle, Washington State Arts Commission, The Yellowstone Private Collection, Deloitte Consulting and more.

“With my work you may, at times, see the painting through the transparent surface while later you might see the reflection of the environment around it thus obscuring the artist’s physical mark. Glass is a chameleon of sorts, an illusionist.”

“Iliovasilema II”
Cassandria Blackmore
Reverse Painted Shattered Glass
2”L x 22”H x 22”W

“Kapnos Nebula III”
Cassandria Blackmore
Reverse Painted Shattered Glass
2”L x 40”H x 56”W




Warren Warren Artist Bio

Started working in glass in 1985. 

Warren has been Cold Working and Kiln Casting glass since 1985 and it all began in Sacramento California. His education includes four years of study with the Glass Department at the California College of Arts and Crafts (now called California College of the Arts), one semester of study in the Czech Republic, Kiln Casting at Pilchuck Glass School 1989 and Glass Engraving, also at Pilchuck in 1999. Upon leaving CCAC Warren promptly opened his own Cold Working studio, where for 12 years he has offered Cold Working services to dozens of San Francisco Bay Area glass artists. Today Warren teaches Kiln Casting Glass Sculpture and Cold Working at The Crucible, an Industrial Arts School in west Oakland California.  Warren maintains his private studio at The Crucible working full time creating his own kiln cast and engraved art work.

Christina Spann Artist Bio

Started working in glass in 1983 in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

Christina Spann graduated with Fine Arts Degrees in painting/printmaking but turned in a new direction, toward the glass arts, in the early 80’s while still painting. “After producing architectural glass for arts and health care projects, I became interested in 3-dimensional glass and turned toward lighting.” Her company, “Lightspann” became her passion for the next 22 years. She has spoken, traveled, and designed for communities nationwide. Lightspann has showrooms and representatives all around the country.  Christina is the artist/designer, designing and producing hundreds of fixtures. With her team of glass and metal artisans, she provides lighting solutions to commercial, hospitality and residential clients. Her fixtures are created using blown glass, fused glass, and artisan crafted metal resulting in unique pieces of luminous art.

“Bamboo Wall Sconce”
Christina Spann
German Shott Glass,flame torched with tooled metal
30” h x 4” w”

“Clark Chandelier/New York”
Christina Spann
Slumped and Fused Art Glass with blown glass accents
30” x 10” x 42”

Johnathon Schmuck Artist Bio

Started working in glass in 1988 at San Jose State University, in San Jose, CA, and has worked in California for 16 years with 8 years spent between New Mexico, New York, and Australia, among others.

Johnathon Schmuck was awarded the first Fulbright Scholarship to attend the Canberra School of Art, in Australia, where he completed his postgraduate studies with Stephen Procter and Jane Bruce,  and received a Master of Visual Arts (MVA) degree in 2000.  Johnathon was fortunate enough to work with Klaus Moje while the Roll Up technique for blowing kilnformed Bullseye glass was being perfected in the Glass Workshop at Canberra.  Johnathon was also blessed with the chance to learn coldworking with maestro Stephen Procter before his passing, and Johnathon has subsequently written The Joy of Coldworking, a book about grinding, smoothing, and polishing blown and fused glass.   Johnathon has a studio in Santa Cruz, California, and he runs the kilnforming program at the Bay Area Glass Institute in San Jose, California , and has taught at Corning, Espace Verre in Montreal, Pittsburgh Glass Center, Oatka Glass School, Escuela del Vidrio in la Granja, Spain, and throughout the United States in private studios.

“Unconformity 85” set
Johnathon Schmuck
Enclamo blown fused-glass Roll Up, belt sanded and wheel cut
tallest 11”

“Onyx 2” set
Johnathon Schmuck
Blown fused-glass Roll Up, belt sanded and wheel cut
tallest 13”

Dawson Kellogg Artist Bio

Started working in glass in 1987 at Palomar College in San Marcos, CA.

After delving into everything from cabinetry to event production to yacht construction and repair, Dawson R. Kellogg enrolled at Palomar College in the San Diego area in the late 80’s, and stumbled into a glass and ceramics lab.  He received his associate’s degree in Art from there, then a B.A. in Art Education from San Francisco State University, in 1993. A full scholarship offer from Kent State University secured his MFA studies and graduation in 1997;  along the way he received three Pilchuck Partners scholarships.  This fall Dawson begins his 15th year of service as the sole glass faculty of the Columbus College of Art & Design, where he teaches and manages the Fine Arts glass program.

“Liquid Vessel Hard series” (red)
Dawson Kellogg
Fenton Red Glass, ladled, blown, constructed
5″ x 5″ x 36″

“Forest of Tendrils”
Dawson Kellogg
Glass, blown
5″ x 5″ x 22″

Elin Christopherson Artist Bio

Started working in glass in 1989 at the California College of Arts and Crafts (now CCA) in Oakland, CA.

Elin Christopherson earned her BFA from California College of Arts and Crafts in 1989, and her MFA Degree at Alfred University in 2001. Her artwork reveals intersections and overlays of both natural and human-made forms. Elin currently teaches Glass and Sculpture at California College of the Arts in Oakland, California.

“Laurel Cluster #2”
Elin Christopherson
Plate Glass and Enamel

“Laurel Column”
Elin Christopherson
Plate Glass, Enamel and Steel
92″ x 20″ x 20″