Jonathan Casto (Pants)
Instructor:  Paperweights & Glass Blowing
Jeffrey J. Schmitt (Smitty)
Instructor:  Paperweights & Glass Blowing

Smitty is a third generation artist and has been involved in the glass arts since 1979.  He is self-taught, does commissioned pieces and displays work in galleries and shows throughout the Southwest.  Smitty has taught hundreds of students over the years.  His passion is glass.  He also works in the areas of glass fusing, slumping and casting.

Pants has studied glass blowing at Pennland in North Carolina and in Murano, Italy.  Besides blowing glass, he is a very accomplished lamp-worker (torch work).  His work is purchased by wholesalers throughout the Southwest and along the West Coast.  Pants' love of glass work is contagious!

Kerri is an accomplished graphic designer.  She has studied at Aurora  for 3 years.  Kerri has mastered glass flower pulling and is now the instructor.  Her flowers have won many awards and are popular with galleries.  Kerri also works in the areas of glass fusing, slumping, and casting.  Her favorite words are, "Hey, what if we . . ."

Kerri Greene
Instructor:  Glass Flower Pulling

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Fran Hahn
Instructor:  Glass Beads

Fran Hahn is an award winning glass bead artist, is a member of the International Society of Glass Bead Makers and has taught bead making at national conferences.

"I have been making glass beads since 2004, consumed by the manipulation and interaction of molten glass with the flame.  Different color glass behaves differently once melted, and two colors of glass may create unexpected effects when melted together, or encased.  Exploring and utilizing these unique reactions along with different techniques is like visiting an exquisite new world - the end result may not be what you intended, but it will be beautiful nonetheless."

Christele Merrick Baird
Instructor:  Stained Glass & Etching

Christele Merrick Baird is a leading stained glass artist based in Albuquerque, NM. For over 25 years, she has created stained glass for spaces anywhere from creative remodels to multi-million dollar residences. Her windows have been recognized in several award winning homes. Furthermore, she has worked on a variety of commercial projects, including offices, restaurants, retail stores, churches, museums, and other public buildings.

NILES MAHLMAN

INSTRUCTOR: BOROSILICATELAMPWORKING

Fran Hahn is an award winning glass bead artist, is a member of the International Society of Glass Bead Makers and has taught bead making at national conferences.

"I have been making glass beads since 2004, consumed by the manipulation and interaction of molten glass with the flame.  Different color glass behaves differently once melted, and two colors of glass may create unexpected effects when melted together, or encased.  Exploring and utilizing these unique reactions along with different techniques is like visiting an exquisite new world - the end result may not be what you intended, but it will be beautiful nonetheless."

Niles is an award wining artist that has been working glass for 18 years and has studied the craft as far away as Australia . With a background in fine art, product design and teaching, he has explored many facets of the contemporary glass art movement.  Niles enjoys helping students discover and refine creativity through borosilicate lampwork.

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