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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.


Jeremy Debuhr

Jeremy Debuhr

Golden Site Manager, Ext. 866
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I fell into this magical glass world by a lucky craigslist job posting. Glasscraft hired me as their shipper back in 2010, I had no idea how amazed I would be. Other than doing my part to assist the glass community, I enjoy riding bikes, working on bikes, hanging out with my wife and daughter, and I even like to hop on the torch from time to time.

Jon Roberts

Jon Roberts

CFO in Golden, CO
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I may be the only non glassblower in the crowd at Glasscraft. I started working for the ownership group about 10 years ago watching over the books and learning the systems. Over the years, people have left and I've picked up some of the pieces and now am a full fledged employee of Glasscraft. I watch over the finances and keep the information flow going as much as possible out of the systems.

Born in California, lived in Libya during Gaddafi's overthrow of the government and then back to California. Moved to Denver in the 80's, finished my Business degree and went on to get a Masters in Finance. Just a part-timer, but love working with the Glasscraft crowd in Golden and Eugene.

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.


Shannon Spencer

Shannon Spencer

Operations Manager Ext #695
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My name is Shannon Spencer. I was born and raised in the beautiful Pacific Northwest in the early 70ís. I love the outdoors life in Oregon Ė taking advantage of the lush forests and beaches that we are so lucky to have here. I have done a variety of jobs in the past including managing pet stores for over 10 years. My husband, ďBlackey,Ē has been a functional glass artist for about 12 years, so I made the obvious career choice to move further into the glass industry and work for Dave Winship in 2008 in a Sales/Shipping position. I enjoy working with the awesome crew at Winship/Glasscraft and look forward to many years with the ďGlass FamilyĒ that has adopted me.

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

Ariel & Nico Schulze

Ariel & Nico Schulze

Purchasing & Marketing in Eugene, Ext #694
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Iím Ariel, and Iíve been involved with glassblowing for most of my life. I grew up deep in the woods on the Southern Oregon Coast. My parents are both soft glass artists who own a small studio in Bandon, so I started working in the gallery and helping in the hot shop when I was just a kid. I assisted in the hot shop as a teenager and when I moved to Eugene in 2000, I began flameworking in one of the local glass studios. I started at Winship Designs in 2004 while slowly finishing my degree from the University of Oregon. I feel fortunate to be a part of the glass community here in Eugene and around the country, traveling to various glass events throughout the year.

My dog Nico is one of the Eugene store shop dogs. Heís three years old, and has grown up greeting customers in the retail shop. When weíre not at the store, Nico and I hang out in the garden at home or spend time exploring the forests around Eugene.

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.

Mike Montour

Mike Montour

Shipping
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Howdy! My name is Mike, and Iíve been a lampworker specializing in functional glass art for the past 13 years. I have always been artistically inclined, whether musically or finding expression through other forms of media. Glasscraft has been invaluable to me as an artist through the years, providing me with the newest in tools, glass, and an open forum with which to learn new techniques with ground breaking artists. I am proud and honored to be able to serve our customers, and I try to make sure everyone has the same excellent experience that I have enjoyed . The opportunity to meet so many artists I admire and to meet new artists just starting out is my favorite part of this job. Thank you, please drive throughÖ

Law Rideout

Law Rideout

Sales, Ext #692
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Born in the tropical paradise of Guam, I came to the mainland in summer of 2005 and had my mind blown by the amazing functional glass art world. Followed by my right hand man "Shortie", I have come to help glass blowers and to further advance the ancient art of glass.

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..

Robert Mortensen (Morty)

Robert Mortensen (Morty)

Shipping
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Iím Robert Mortensen AKA ďMortyĒ I grew up in Western Washington. Iíve moved a lot and worked in many different places. Along this journey, I made a good friend Shawn Quine. Thatís how I got here the first time and how Iím back here again. Iím another one of the non-glass blowers but enjoy working in this industry for multiple reasons.
On that note I spend the rest of my time riding my bike, rock climbing, and exercising my amendment 64 rights.

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