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Instructors

Peggy Baxter took her first stained glass class at CMU while earning her BS degree. She attended WMU and received a K-12 Art Ed. Certification. She has a studio in the Park Trades Center and has been involved with WMGAC since it’s beginning. She teaches a variety of classes involving glass and other mediums.


Sue Bombardt started creating stained glass in 1975. She brings a science background to her glass art. She added lampwork (boro and soft glass) and fused glass to her palette in 2003 and enjoys combining glass techniques. Sue teaches bead making, lampworking, stained glass and fused glass.


Pauline Cox is a certified scientific glassblower with more than 20 years experience. She relocated here from England in 2009. She is currently teaching lampworking, fusing and sandblasting. In her spare time she teaches Tai-Chi. Pauline had her “Glass Motorbike” published in Back Street Heroes, a British motorbike magazine.


Laurie Donnette has been working as a full-time lamp bead artist since 2003, making them the happiest years of her life. Author of seven step-by-step bead making tutorials, she creates beads for international designers and collectors. Laurie teaches bead making at WMGAC. See her art at www.LaurieDonnette.com.


Michael Fortin has spent the last decade developing his skills in traditional off-hand glass blowing, glass casting, lampworking and large-scale sculpture. Michael teaches glass blowing, lampworking, sand casting and cold working.


Dan Foster has been working with hot glass for over 10 years, spending the most recent as a full-time flameworker. Dan Foster specializes in blown stemware, vases, figurines, and jewelry. He shares his passion for lampworking teaching classes at the West Michigan Glass Art Center.


Lori Gavan comes to WMGAC after many years of teaching art education in the public schools. Lori has a long career in oil painting as well. She actively shows her artwork in galleries and boutiques throughout Michigan. She teaches fused glass at WMGAC.


Tory Hollister started blowing glass 16 years ago. She has taught many classes at Ox-Bow Summer School of Art as well as owning a studio and gallery. In her artwork, she enjoys letting the molten glass keep it's organic shape. Her passion is teaching glassblowing!


Linda Kekic creates kiln fused glass art. She is the owner of “House Jewelry” and enjoys combining glass pieces with other elements including silver, copper, stones and found objects. She teaches kiln fusing at WMGAC.


Judith Konesni earned a BFA degree from the University of Toledo/Toledo Museum of Art. She is a professional glass artist and teacher with over 30 years experience and has exhibited regionally and nationally. Specializing in hand blown glass sea life, sculpture, and vessels. She teaches a variety of glass blowing techniques and kiln casting.


David Martin has been working on the torch since 2009. What started as an interest in glass soon evolved into an obsession. Self taught in lampworking, he has developed his own style specializing in marbles, sculpture, and pendants.


Sally Pritko began working with glass over nine years ago and specializes in dramatic and beautifully created bowls, vases and sculptures. She was a china painter for twenty years working in oils and acrylics. Sally teaches kiln fusing.