Sebastian Shepherd has been a part of the AGW team since he graduated from the Kent State University glassblowing program in 2013. He has been instrumental in the creation and fabrication of some of our biggest custom orders. In addition to blowing staple items for the gift shop (ornaments, vases, paperweights, etc.) he works in the hot shop to make his original art work.


Chas & Polly Gilmore

Chas and Polly Gilmore often share their skills and knowledge during our glassblowing demos.

Polly, primarily a fiber artist, enjoys exploring surface color and texture in her glass. Keeping the glass thicker allows her to indulge her need for a more sculptural sense in the work. 

Chas has an engineering background and began glassblowing because of a fascination with the creative technology. He particularly enjoys exploring mold-blown techniques, constantly striving for the perfect "square cylinder".

Sandy Holata

Sandy Holata has been our resident photographer, graphic designer, and marketing director since we opened and with the purchase of our fusing kiln in 2013 she is now our glass fusing workshop instructor and makes fused glass items for our gift shop.


Sandy is a full time fine artist who's mediums include handmade paper, sculpture, and liquid emulsion photographs. She has exhibited her work nationally.  

Mary Nemeth

Mary is a fine artist with a BFA from Columbus College of Art & Design and Masters Degree from the University of Glasgow. Mary assists Jack and Sebastian in the hot shop. With her steady hand she puts the details on the snowmen and has worked on the production and assembly of several AGW chandeliers. She also makes her own fused glass, stained glass and blown glass creations for our gallery.


Christian James

Christian lends his talents in the hot shop when he is in town visiting from Atlanta where he works full time at Janke Studios as a glass artist and instructor.

Nate Avery


Our newest artist! Nate is a Virginia native holding degrees in glass from Tidewater Community College and Virginia Wesleyan University. He is also a graduate of the Chrysler Museum of Arts Assistantship Program in Norfolk Virginia. Currently, he is working on his Masters degree at Kent State University.