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John Owen
Owner and Instructor:  Glass Blowing
Merrick Baird

Instructor:  Stained Glass & Etching

John is unique to the school as he was a student who stuck with it to the point he has become an instructor. When he is not cheerfully teaching glass blowing, John engages in other interesting activities. He is an accomplished jeweler, expert hunting guide and produces the best honey in this neck of the woods.

John became the owner of Aurora Borealis Glassworks in late 2023.

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.




Jeffrey J. Schmitt (Smitty)
Founder and Previous Owner of Aurora Borealis Glassworks

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.

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