Hot Glass Academy founder Devan Cole graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2009, and like many glass artists, wondered what was next. In 2011, Devan worked as an intern at Simon Pearce in Vermont, and then became an artist-in-residence at Salem Art Works in Salem, NY. These positions reaffirmed his desire to pursue a profession in art education. Devan occupied a position at Georgia Southwestern State University as a post-Baccalaureate student from 2012-2015. Hot Glass Academy grew from teaching at Salem Art Works, Firefly Hotglass Studio in Durham, NC, Robert College in Istanbul, Turkey, and Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus, GA. Devan has also provided hot glass demonstrations at special events across the U.S. From these experiences, Devan Cole has built a repertoire of specialized classes and demonstrations that he now takes on the road.
John Shoemaker, originally from Pennsylvania, began blowing glass in 2008 while attending Tyler School of Art at Temple University. In addition to earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Glass, John extended his education attending workshops at prestigious craft institutions such as Penland School of Crafts, Pilchuck Glass School, and Corning Museum of Glass. John’s work is exhibited nationally in gallery shows and art festivals. John currently resides in Asheboro, North Carolina, operating his glassblowing studio.
Kelly Robertson is the founder and primary glass blower at Cavalry Glassblowing Studio in Lawrenceville, Georgia. He graduated from Georgia Southwestern University with a Bachelor of Science in Art degree with an emphasis on glass blowing. Kelly spent the last 25 years working with glass and continuing his education. He studied at Penland and Corning Institutes and with various glassblowing artists such as Fritz Driesbach, Ralph Harvey, and Jack Was. He specializes in vessel making, color design and solid sculpting.
Kelly has taught and presented glass blowing demonstrations throughout the southeastern United States in museums, galleries, universities, and schools with his mobile glass studio. In 2020, he opened his own studio and gallery, Cavalry Glassblowing Studio, in Lawrenceville, where he continues to demonstrate and teach glass blowing techniques to a wide variety of audiences and students.
John Durham, of Happy Dogs Glass Studio, creates ocean and beach-inspired glass forms and sculptures as well as an array of functional wares. In days past, John studied glassblowing and sculpture at Georgia Southwestern State University, the Penland School of Crafts and at a workshop taught by Maestro Davide Fuin in Murano, Italy. He is extremely grateful for these experiences as well as having worked with several highly-gifted, talented glass artists in studios over the years who were kind and generous in teaching him many glass making skills.
John now resides in middle Georgia where he enjoys his recreational hours with his beloved wife, Ashley, and their two treasured canine family members, Scout and Atti, along with dear friends he is thankful every day to have in his life.
Jacob Moody is a father, glass artist, and resident of Pensacola, Florida. He and wife Lauren are both glass artists and are raising the next generation of glassblowers with their little one. A 2015 graduate of Centre College his items are clean, functional, and fun.