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

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 Diehl

Sandy has been with AGW since it opened. She has many titles: artist, photographer, marketing director, and fusing instructor. You’ll find her fused glass platters and dichroic glass jewelry for sale in the gallery.


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 with canes dec 18.jpg

Christian is back full time at AGW after eight years honing his skills at Janke Glass in Atlanta. He makes beautiful large scale glass works for the gallery and shares his expertise teaching our glassblowing workshops.

Nate Avery


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.