Erik Eiserling Artist Bio

Started working in glass in the 1990’s.

“Some of the finest glass masters in the world such as Lino Tagliapietra and Jens Eltorp have shared their knowledge with me.  My goal is to share that appreciation of the art of glass blowing with the world through teaching and the creation of the unique and beautifully hand crafted works.”

Erik Eiserling was introduced to glass blowing while attending Santa Monica College in Southern California. He studied with the Swedish glass masters at the Orrefors Glass Factory, and after two years of perfecting his technical skills there, he attended California College of the Arts (CCA). Erik was there introduced to the Italian styles of glass blowing, and he worked with Italian glass master Lino Tagliapietra at the Pilchuck Glass School and again at Pratt Fine Arts Center. After teaching glass blowing at CCA for three years, Erik has gone on to work with other glass artists and to exhibit his work internationally.



Andreas Lehmann Artist Bio

Started working in glass since 1976 in Germany.  Worked in glass in California for 30 years. 

Andreas Lehmann, owner of Lehmann Glass Studio, has been traditionally trained to produce cut-crystal in Germany from 1976 to 1980. Andreas attended the Hadamar Glass School in Germany and graduated in 1977 with a Journeyman Certificate in Cut Glass. In 1981 he came to California at the invitation of Marvin Lipofsky to work at CCAC. In 1981, he met Thomas Tisch, an Austrian trained glass cutter, and they started a partnership at the Prieto Studios in Oakland. Their partnership ended in 1989 when Tisch moved to Corning, NY. Andreas kept working in the Prieto studio. After moving to the United States in 1981, he started producing wheel-cut glass panels of exceptional quality.

The Restoration World took notice and Lehmann Glass Studio was commissioned to reproduce complex historic panels. From among the many notable others, some of Lehmann Glass Studio’s projects include the University of Notre Dame, the historic Governor’s Mansion in Salt Lake City, Utah, and the historic Governor’s Mansion in Sacramento, California and the Hotel Jerome in Aspen, Colorado. The Studio has also been asked to create and reproduce brilliant-cut globes for historic gas chandeliers, as well as traditional Venetian cut-glass mirrors. Cynthia Lehmann, glass artist and book designer, met Andreas in 1991 and they have been partners in glass working ever since.

Dana Zed Artist Bio

Started working in glass in 1983 in San Francisco, CA.

Dana Zed has been exhibiting her art nationally and internationally for 3 decades. Zed is in the permanent collections of The Corning Museum of Glass in NY and The Oakland Museum. She has recently been an artist in residence at The de Young Museum and  has completed a permanent San Francisco Arts Commission for the SF Public Library. In addition, Zed has designed and fabricated numerous  private architectural glass commissions and owns and operates studios in both Oakland and San Francisco. Dana teaches Ceramics to youth in Oakland, Berkeley and San Francisco and teaches workshops at The Esalen Institute in Big Sur.  Zed also maintains two blogs, both of which are under consideration for publication.

“Porthole to another Place”
Dana Zed
Copper infused glass
16″ x 12″ x 7″

Dana Zed
Copper fused glass with mixed media
8″ x 6″ x 6″

Mary and Stephen Kersey Artist Bio

Have been working in glass since 1975 in Oakland, CA.

Kerseys have been creating glass commissions for 38 years. They are best known for Steve’s deep detailed carving, which includes glue chipping, polishing and other cold working techniques.  Mary creates large fused and slumped glass works such as her 3″ thick, 900 lb. coffee table and 48″ dia. light chandeliers, as well as a 1500lb sculpture for Aleah Kouri, an internationally known water color and metal artist.

Like many glass artists, their clients have been celebrities, including a President of the United States and the Royal Family of England, as well as National Parks such as Yellowstone, one of their favorite commissions.  Producing commissions and exploring the glass medium has become a six and a half day week passion for both. They have produced their own art work successfully yet keep getting drawn back into doing commission work, as they seem to also be chronic problem solvers.

“Gilroy House”
Stephen and Mary Kersery
Sandcarved, glue chipped and polished glass for entryway
56″ x 84″

“Sarah’s Eyes”
Mary Kersery
Fused glass with iron oxide imagery and colored powders
10 1/2″ h x 7 3/4″ w x 1 1/4″ thick