In the art of glassblowing you are only as good as your team. I’ve been extremely lucky in my career to work with some truly gifted artists and friends. Each member of my team contributes to each piece and I couldn’t make the work I do without them. This section introduces you to each member of my team and tells a little of their individual journeys.
John Forsythe is from Richmond, Virginia. He began his explorations with glass at Centre College in Kentucky during 2000 followed by working at P&B Glassworks in Williamsburg. He was able to continue his pursuit of glass by attending classes at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Arts. While there John met Grant Garmezy and they have been working together ever since. John lives and works out of Richmond Virginia.
Sean Donlon started studying Marine Biology in 2006 and then was a painter and printmaker at the Workhouse Art Center in Lorton Virginia. There he met a flameworking artist whom he apprenticed under for two years. From the first day handling glass, making a clear marble he was hooked and wanted to learn more. Sean has traveled to Lauscha Germany to study glass eye prosthetics, and was selected as the recipient of the VMFA Visual Arts Fellowship for 2012. After graduating in December of 2012 from VCU he opened Mule Barn Craft Studios, a collaborative art space, with a conceptual craft foucus. Sean is currently a glass assistant at the Chrysler museam glass studio, and works for Garmezy Glass. Donlon Design
Abby was born in Culpepper Virginia, in 2011. From an early age it was noticed she had a keen sense for the arts. To fuel her passion, she was trained in the glassblowing craft and has yet to miss a blow slot. Today Abby has assumed the role of safety officer at the glass studio. Making sure all equipment and personel are in good working order. On her days off she enjoys chasing squirrels and doing drive by barkings at other dogs.
After seeing glassblowing at the Oldway Art Center in Sperryville, Virginia, Erin became enamored with glass as an artistic medium. At 17, she bargained with Oldway owner Eric Kvarnes, trading shop work for studio lessons, and she spent every moment she could in the studio. During high school, she worked as an assistant for Parker Stafford, who helped her create a portfolio for admission to VCUarts. Erin studied glassblowing at VCUarts under Jack Wax and Emilio Santini, earning a BFA in 2007. She has been a member of the Grant Garmezy Glass team since 2006, assisting in the hot shop, co-teaching glass sculpting classes, and working behind the scenes.
Michael Martin is a visual artist living, working, and attending school in Richmond. Michael has lived in the Richmond area for the majority of his life, both in and out of the city. He is currently a junior pursuing his degree in Craft and Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Arts. He started working with glass in the fall of 2012 and is currently the youngest member of the Grant Garmezy Glass Team.
Adam Childress began working with glass while living in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2004. His interest in the process of making glass led him to travel to various studios around the east coast, where he had the opportunity to work with and learn from several glass artists. In 2007 he moved to Richmond, Virginia to attend Virginia Commonwealth University, where he studied under Emilio Santini. While at VCU he was introduced to furnace based glassblowing and became fascinated with the scope and scale of the hot shop and became fixated on learning more about glass. He continued to flame work while taking classes and workshops based in the hot shop and furnace glass. This process introduced Adam to the Richmond community of glass workers, and he began assisting artists on a regular basis. Adam is currently living and working in Richmond where he is developing his work and exploring new concepts, while refining his understanding of the material and the process of making objects with glass.