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About Us

Keeping the Fires Burning...

Glasscraft began in 1970 with the goal of sharing the essential tools, techniques and information with a growing community of glassworkers. Today we're still building on that original purpose as both a supplier of glassblowing equipment and a source of inspiration for lampworking artists and craftspeople.

It starts with a love of the craft. Glasscraft was founded by Homer Hoyt, a flameworking pioneer who literally wrote the book on the subject (Glassblowing, An Introduction, 1970). Homer was an influential teacher and artist who wanted to help the glass trade grow beyond its secretive, ancient traditions; now the company continues to fulfill his wish by offering workshops and educational opportunities, along with the raw material and tools needed to advance the art form.

...and the Dream Alive

When Glasscraft joined forces with Dave Winship and his company, Winship Designs, in 2009, we gained the participation of not only a great artist, but also the vision of an industry leader who shares the dream of expanding the potential of glasswork. Dave is an active member of his Eugene, Oregon community, participating in the Oregon Country Fair and Saturday Market, and he and his team are regulars on the Flame-Off show Circuit, participating in events around the country. Dave also sponsors the Becky Winship Scholarship (in honor of his sister) for the Glass Art Society and is a board member of the John Burton Program.

The current Glasscraft team, comprised of creative craftspeople and skilled technicians, are here to lend advise and expertise to our valued customers. That's our way of carrying on the traditions started by Homer and Dave - to contribute to the strength and growth of the glassworking community by sharing knowledge and providing the finest tools of the trade.

Dave Winship

Dave Winship

Glasscraft President in Eugene
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Either through Winship Designs or Glasscraft, Iíve been involved with supplying borosilicate lampworkers for almost 20 years. It all started back in 1983 when my wife Lisa and I moved to Eugene, Oregon after receiving our music degrees from the University of Idaho. Lisa and I were vendors at the Eugene Saturday Market when, like many of us here in the Pacific Northwest, we were introduced to art glass and the Studio Art Glass Movement. We incorporated glass into our crafts at Saturday Market and eventually worked our way into the supply side of things. Over the years, Iíve found the borosilicate distribution business to be very exciting, very dynamic. Glasscraft and Winship Designs, Inc. came together in 2009 and I feel really lucky to be working with the Denver crew carrying on the Hoyt legacy. One of the biggest challenges Iím engaged in right now is finding viable recycling opportunities for all of the borosilicate waste our industry is generating. Please let me know if you have any ideas.


Jenn Langill

Jenn Langill

Studio Manager in Golden, Ext. 866
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Hi, Iím Jenn Langill. I was born and raised on the beaches of San Diego. During a long and unfulfilling career as a software developer, I discovered glass. I left the tech world, had a brief stint as a trapeze instructor and I recently graduated from Salem with a degree in Scientific Glass Technology. During my time at Salem I realized what really lit my fire was watching the students work together to learn new things. Through my business teacher, I was connected with Dave Winship. I told him I was interested in helping out with Glasscraftís education program. A year later I am doing just that as the Studio Manager here in Golden. I love working with glass blowers, teachers, newbie students and my co-workers at Glasscraft. People are here because they love glass and that makes them my type of people.

Suzanne Box

Suzanne Box

Human Resource Manager Ext #693
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Hello! My name is Suzanne and I am a self-representing artisan from the beautiful northwest. My love of lampworked boro glass and working with the flame has kept me focused on making beads and jewelry since 2003.

I have many heroes in the lampworking, and glassblowing community and their work is exceptional. I'm sure they are just as entranced and allured by their torch as I am. The anticipation, appreciation and mystery of that perfect bead is always just around the corner. I hope to find it one day...or maybe not! You can see my beads on my Etsy page.


Bobby Romero

Bobby Romero

Purchasing and Customer Service in Golden, Ext # 865
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Hi, my name is Bobby, I began my employment here at Glasscraft back in June of 2000. Before working here I had never imagined working in the glass art business. It was by luck that I was sent here by a temporary job service company to work in the shipping department where I stayed for about 6yrs. During those 6 years I learned as much as I could about the company and tried to learn every position inside the company. 4yrs later I am a part of the purchasing/CSR team where I utilize all the knowledge I obtained from the previous years to help our customers.

On a more personal note, in my spare time, I have a two piece acoustic band called Neon Gypsy that I try to stay busy with on the weekends. I also like going to see live music and blowing glass whenever I get a chance

Cindy Brown

Cindy Brown

Customer Service in Golden, Ext #863
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During a long and rewarding career in the animal welfare field, I discovered beads. A year or so later I learned there were actually people melting glass and making their OWN and the search was on. In 1993, an amazingly patient Gigi Hoyt at Glasscraft sold me some soft glass, a torch setup and Lewis Wilson's video and my love affair with glass began in earnest. I am now a proud member of the Golden team as well as a wife, aunt, and "Mimi". Still keeping my hand in with cindybeads.com and serving as caretaker to King George at work and a pond full of fishies at home.

Chris Schutz

Chris Schutz

Customer Service in Golden
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As a lampworker I am excited to be a part of the Glasscraft team. I started blowing glass in í03. After a few years of working glass and finishing an Associates of Arts in Business I started teaching lampworking. I spent many years as a full time glassblower traveling and participating in tradeshows and festivals. I have always been excited to be a part of the glass industry and watch it grow over the years. I owe much of success to my family for all the support and patience as I grew in glass.

I have been in Colorado since í89 and consider this state my home. My first passion was hockey and to this day I am an avid hockey player. I also feel lucky to be able to spend as much time as possible on the mountains skiing and snowboarding.

Tom Towle

Tom Towle

Shipping in Eugene, Ext #696
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A long, long time ago. In a place far, far away... I was blessed to be born into a caring and loving family. As a child, good fortune brought me to Oregon where I have grown and lived most of my life. My wife Beth and I are proud parents and grandparents. I enjoy many activities and am a student of life long learning. I've worked in the shipping and receiving department of Winship Designs for over 10 years and look forward to serving you for many more.

Buck Rudicel

Buck Rudicel

Customer Service in Eugene, Ext #700
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Hello, Iím Buck Rudicel.

I was born and raised here in Oregon; where I have gladly raised our kids with my high school sweetheart. Iíve worn many hats over the years and am glad to find myself at GlassCraft where itís so important to have fun and I get to learn so much about the glass industry and artistry out there. I am another of the "non-glass blowers" but that hasnít stopped me from absorbing all I can from the people who know best Ė you the customer. Iím the new guy here starting at the end of 2014 but feel as though Iíve come home.

When you canít find me fishing, farming, or selling my own handmade crafts on Saturdays at the vendorsí market Iíll be at the Eugene store location trying to keep smiles on faces. Peace.

Aron Cundiff

Aron Cundiff

Customer Service in Eugene, Ext #694
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I fell in love with the pacific northwest at a young age and as soon as I was able, I moved to Eugene, Oregon where I pieced together a loving family and a veritable battle horde of hobbies into which I carefully deposit all of my time. I have been an artist all my life, never glass but many other mediums, and I couldnít be happier than I am here at Glasscraft, sitting front-row center with a killer view of the rich and diverse artistic community thriving locally and abroad.

Tim Chavez

Tim Chavez

Warehouse Superviser & Shipping in Golden, Ext. 861
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Colorado native, high school graduate, degenerate flame-worker. I like to blow glass and smoke grass. Sat behind a torch in 2010 and couldn't stop thinking of it since. I rented space in the studio for a summer and ended up befriending the Glasscraft crew here in Golden. I like the atmosphere so much I would come by just to hang out. Once an opening arose I had to put my name down. Been the warehouse supervisor ever since. I have the best job ever.

Jesse Wakeley

Jesse Wakeley

Techie
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Born and raised in the rugged wilderness of north Idaho, I escaped to find a place that actually had stuff going on. I discovered the quirky place that is Eugene, and enrolled at the University of Oregon. My first job in town while working my way through school was at a local smoke shop, which gave me my first exposure to and appreciation for glass art.

After graduating with a degree in Computer & Information Science, I worked for a web development firm through which I worked on building the new Glasscraft web site. After deciding to try something different, I got the opportunity to work directly for Glasscraft. It's been an exciting role, providing me a broad list of challenges, including maintaining and improving the website, Internet Marketing, and improving efficiency through new and existing technologies within the company. Once more, I find myself surrounded by glass, and I'm more in awe of the art than ever. It's funny where life takes you..

 
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