Attend free, informal lectures by Studio faculty, some of the best-known glassmakers in the world. Hear instructors speak about their work in unstructured and highly-informative sessions in The Studio Lecture Room on Tuesday nights throughout the class sessions. This week features Chris Ahalt, Lee Harris, and Jan Schindler in the Studio Faculty Presentations series.
Chris Ahalt is a flameworker with 19 years experience. In 2005, he apprenticed under master flameworker, Cesare Toffolo, in Murano, Italy. There he learned many of the Venetian techniques for cups and vessels that have given him the building blocks to create glass of the highest quality.
After watching a master glassblower work in Murano, Italy, in 2000, Lee Harris discovered his passion for glassmaking. Back in the U.S., he enrolled in workshops at The Studio led by Lance Friedman and Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen to hone his skills. “Working glass is very much like a dance,” said Harris.
Born in Turnov in the Czech Republic, Jan Schindler began his artistic career in glass in 1992. After graduating with a degree in engraved glass from the High School of Applied Arts for Glassmaking in Železný Brod, he gained work experience with the best engravers in the field. He has since demonstrated his engraving ability in the Czech Republic and abroad.