Michelle Knox Artist Bio

Started working in glass in 1997 at the California College of Arts and Crafts (now CCA) in Oakland, CA.

Michelle Knox is originally a New Jersey native. She relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1997, where she attended and graduated from The California College of the Arts in 2000 with a Bachelors of Fine Art, emphasizing in Glass.

For more than 15 years, Michelle has studIed art and specifically glass making at internationally recognized glass institutes such as Public Glass, Urban Glass, Bullseye Glass, Penland School of Crafts and Pilchuck Glass School.

Ms. Knox has studied under many notable artists like Clifford Rainey, Pamina Traylor, Therman Statom, Deb Cerzedsco, Silvia Levenson and most recently Gene Koss at Tulane University where she received her Master of Fine Arts degree on full scholarship in 2011.

Some recent venues for her work have included the Oakland Museum and The Museum of Craft and Design, along with numerous other fine art galleries nationwide. Michelle’s work always upholds a sensual level of beauty while engaging the viewer in a corporal way.

Michelle currently lives and works in Oakland, CA and teaches at The Crucible Art Center.

“Dark Remembrance”
Michelle Knox
Blown glass and steel
7′ x 12″

Michelle Knox
Installation of charred wood arches with cast glass with concrete and steel
Arches: 10′ x 6′; Glass Sculptures: 5′ x 12″

Bella Feldman Artist Bio

Started working in glass in 1995 at the California College of Arts and Crafts (now CCA) in Oakland, CA.

Bella makes extraordinary objects-objects that rivet your attention by their physical appearance; the weight, mass, volume, material, posture, balance, and motion immediately access a bodily response. Then your mind, your sense of poetry, human imagination, and memory tune in and hold you there. Bella’s works are intended to keep and enlarge their meaning over time; their layered imageries shift and evolve with the viewer’s own moods and experiences.

The materials for her sculptures are chosen not only for structural reasons but also for the references they embody.

Although the objects are beautiful, they contain an element of threat and of irony. They are what the critic Harold Rosenberg aptly called “anxious objects.”

They are made in anxious times.

Bella Feldman
Blown Glass and Steel
60” x 55” x 20”

“Jacob’s Ladder”
Bella Feldman
Glass and Steel
151” x 66” x 48”

Jaime Guerrero Artist Bio

Started working in glass in 1997 at the College of Arts in Oakland, CA.

Jaime Guerrero was born in 1974 in Los Angeles California.  He is a rising artist recognized for his unique use of color and his versatility in both sculpture and craft. He began his glass career at California College of Art and Crafts in 1994, where he focused on technique, honing his ability, in order to convey his ideas through three dimensional glass sculptures.

Jaime has studied with Masters such as Checco Ongaro, Pino Signoretto, and Ben Moore. He has attended Pilchuck school of glass and was nominated for the Corning Award. Jaime has been a featured artist in the Mastercraft show at Gumps in San Francisco for five consecutive years. In 2006 and 2012, he received the Saxe Fellowship Award through the Bay Area Glass Institute for Outstanding Artistic Achievement. Also in 2012 he received the People’s Choice award for his glass sculpture “Charros y sus Caballos”.

Jaime Guerrero is currently producing glass sculptures that speak about “progeny.” He is exploring how it relates to the present, modernizing ancient ideas with contemporary symbols. A lot of his current work embodies a juxtaposition of both the ancient and modern. Some of his current sculptures are Glass Glyphs in which Jaime uses a conglomeration of symbols and iconographies to tell a narrative. “The hieroglyph becomes a metaphor in which I can explore language, symbols, and their contextual significance, which are both empirical and derivative.”

Guido Gerlitz Artist Bio

Started working in glass in 1991 at the Virginia Commonwealth University.  He has been working in California for 17 years.

Guido received his BFA in Glass & Ceramics from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1993 and MFA in Glass from California College of the Arts in 2004. He has international glassblowing experience, working in Venezuela at ICET and on Murano for Vetreria Pino Signoretto. He has worked as a gaffer for Oben Abright, Union Street Glass Inc., Nikolas Weinstein Studios, Cohn- Stone Studios, Pilchuck Glass School, and as an independent contract gaffer for special projects. He served as the Executive Director of Public Glass in San Francisco for two years. Currently, he is the cofounder and President of ‘Effetto’ Glassworks in Richmond, CA.

“Contiguous Form” red with black
Guido Gurlitz
Blown and sculpted furnace glass

“Glass Oyster”
Guido Gurlitz
tempered glass, sculpted furnace glass, industrial C-clamps


Harlan Simon Artist Bio

Harlan started working in glass in the 1990s.

Harlan Simon is a Bay Area jewelry designer and glass worker. Harlan has introduced hundreds to the magic of flamework glass, teaching at the City of Oakland’s Studio One Art Studio, home to Northern California’s oldest public flamework program. Harlan helped found the Northern California chapter of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers in 1997. His work appears in Lark Books’ 1,000 Glass Beads and Complete Book of Glass Beadmaking.

Two Peacocks and a Harlanquin, Effetre glass.
Harlan Simon
Diameter range of beads: 20 to 30 mm


Small Eclipsed Delta on Black Base, and Silvered Ribbed Pattern Organica on Black Base, Effetre glass.
Harlan Simon
Small bead diameter is 22 mm. Large bead, 40 mm.

Pamina Traylor Artist Bio

Pamina Traylor started working in glass at San Francisco State University in 1989.

Pamina Traylor is an artist and educator, currently Interim Chair of the Glass Program at California College of the Arts where she has been a member of the faculty since 1995.  In the fall of 2007, she was a visiting artist and faculty member at the Osaka University of Art. She also served as a member of the Glass Art Society’s board of directors from 2003 – 2011, and treasurer beginning in 2006.  She earned her M.F.A. from the Rochester Institute of Technology and her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College, with additional studies at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Pilchuck Glass School, and San Francisco State University.

The Creative Glass Center of America awarded her a fellowship in both 2003 and 1995.  She received CCA Faculty Travel or Development Grants in 2011, 2007, and 1998.  She has lectured and demonstrated at schools in Australia, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan and has taught workshops throughout the world, including The Glass Furnace, Istanbul, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Penland School of Crafts, and The Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass, among others.

Her work is in the permanent collection of the Benton Museum of Art, CT; The Museum of American Glass, NJ; The Speed Art Museum, KY; Tittot Glass Art Museum, Taiwan; and Cam Ocagi, Istanbul.  She was featured on KQED public television’s SPARK program, “By Hand”.