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




Dean Bensen Artist Bio

Started working in glass in Idaho in 1990.  He as been working in glass in California for 14 years. 

Dean attended The College of Idaho where he graduated with a B.A. in Art in 1990.  He studied glass under John Anderson a graduate of San Jose Sate University and AlfredUniversity.  His fascination in glass soon started a hunger for what he had been missing since his youth, an immersion into the exploration and development of his creative side. Upon receiving his degree he moved to Ketchum/Sun Valley, Idaho where he continued working in glass at a local studio.

In 1997 Dean returned to California to pursue glassblowing as a full-time career. Immersing himself in the Bay Area glass scene, he began working for many local artists.  Slowly he began teaching at places such as, San Jose State University, Palo Alto High School, Corning Glass School, Bay Area Glass Institute (BAGI), and Public Glass.  He attended Pilchuck Glass School in Washington on scholarship and has been recognized by local publications for his excellence in creating glass art.  In 2007 Dean was featured on the Hallmark Channel’s morning show called “New Morning with Timberly Whitfield”.  Dean’s work has been juried into many shows and exhibitions, like the San Francisco Airport Museums and exhibits at the Oakland Museum of California and Oakland Airport.  His work is featured nationally and in many private collections.

In 2002 Dean started to develop a body of work that would become the foundation for his ideas based on the existence of the Old Growth Redwood Forest.  Using both clear glass and color, he focused initially on environmental concerns.  As his concepts evolved, Dean’s work grew further investigating the life cycles in nature, their significance, and the interplay between the earth and various species.  The extensive murrine patterns he uses in some of his pieces are the center point of this series.  Each slice of murrine serves to highlight one of nature’s footprints, marking the passage of time and a glimpse of history, the rings of life in a felled tree.

Dean Benson
Hot sculpted blown glass, sandcarved and etched
15″ x 8-3/4″ x 8-1/2″

“Fans of the Forest”
Dean Benson
Hot sculpted glass cane, sandblasted and etched
7-1/2″ x 7-1/2″ x 7-1/2″



Larry Anderson Artist Bio

Started working in glass in the 1960’s.

Larry Anderson studied with Joe Hawley at San Jose City College and went on to study glass and ceramics at SJSU under Herbert Sanders and Dr. Fritz. He was hired to teach at Fresno State University in 1971 by the head of the Art Department, who had seen the SJSU glass program and wanted a program started at Fresno. The Fresno glass studio was completed by 1973 and Anderson ran the program until he retired as Chair of the Art and Design Program in 2004.

Lynne-Rachel Altman Artist Bio

Started working in glass in the 1970s.

Started Blowing glass at SFSU in the Spring of 1979. “Michael Schmidt and Carl taught me how to not drip molten glass on my feet.” John Leighton was the instructor.
Lynne-Rachel Altman is best known for her sculpture and site specific public art. A San Francisco Bay Area native, Altman has mastery over a variety of durable and temporal media including soap, chocolate, paper, sound, concrete, light, and 30 years of experience working with glass. She has a background in installation, design, and considers herself a 709.2 artist, the Dewey Decimal classification for “artists not limited to or chiefly identified with a specific form . ..”

“Empty Head #2 (Rabbi)”
Lynne-Rachel Altman
Kiln fired, crushed (sintered) glass

“That which is held inside”
Lynne-Rachel Altman
Cast glass, goldleaf, plaster, graphite drawing

Oben Abright Artist Bio

Oben Abright was born in 1980 in San Francisco. The son of artists, Oben spent his early years drawing, painting and making clay sculpture. He received a BFA in glass from California College of Arts in 2004. Since 2004, he has shown with Habatat Galleries Chicago, now Echt Gallery, and Imago Galleries Palm Desert. Oben maintains a studio in Oakland, California.

Born: San Francisco, CA, 1980
2004 California College of Arts, BFA, San Francisco, CA

“Can Lady – West Oakland”
Oben Abright
Blow Glass, Oil Paint, Concrete

Peggy Wilson Artist Bio

Started working in glass in 2003 at The Crucible.

Peggy  Wilson, who has a doctoral degree in Nursing Science and was a psychiatric nurse for more that 35 years, has been working with glass at The Crucible since 2003, when she took an introductory class in slumping and fusing with Mary White and Janet Heibert.  She became a steady member of the slumping and fusing lab, and took every glass class that The Crucible had to offer.  She has retired from her day job and shares Crucible studio space with Barbara Barnett and Lee Granberg.  She is currently engrossed in kilncasting and coldworking.

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.

Ann Hollingsworth Artist Bio

Started working in glass in 2000.

Ann Hollingsworth is a working artist in Half Moon Bay, California, Princeton By the Sea, where she makes sculptures in a combination of materials often reclaimed from construction materials. She studied glass making at California College of the Arts from 2000 until 2005, receiving a degree in sculpture. Additional studies were done at Corning Glass Museum, Pilchuck Glass School, KALA Institute as an artist in residence and at American Indian Art Institute in Santa Fe New Mexico. Currently her piece “Nesting” is in the traveling exhibition “Conference of the Birds” a Cynthia Reeves Project. Ann’s work is represented by Visions West Gallery in Bozeman, Montana, and Denver, Colorado, and by Seager Grey Gallery in Mill Valley.

“Deep Within”
Ann Hollingsworth

“Ocean Return”
Ann Hollingsworth

Lauren Ekman Artist Bio

Started working in glass in 2000.

Lauren Ekman lives and plays in California, and has been making little treasures since 2000. Lauren’s passion is beads (and round rocks!). She also makes jewelry, but loves working on the torch and seeing the red melt of the glass as it turns into a bead. She hopes you enjoy looking at them as much as she enjoys making them and teaching others to make them.