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Sanctuary Glass Studio is just one program being offered through Sanctuary Arts School which

is a 501C3 non profit. Sanctuary Glass Studio is a full access studio offering classes in glass blowing, kiln casting, hot sculpting, sand casting, etc. Special outreach programs brings the art of glass into the community within families and students who are economically challenged, the elderly, veterans, the disabled and others in the community that are facing challenges in their lives.

We also offer programming to the public to experience their first hot glass experience through our create your own classes as well as offering 8 week classes to people who really want to learn the techniques of glass blowing. For any hot glass classes, we recommend children to be 8 or older to participate.

Meet the Staff

MICHELLE PENNINGTON

Co-Director / Artist

Michelle Pennington received her Masters of Fine Arts in Glass from the University of Texas at

Arlington (UTA) in 2016 and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Michelle specializes in hot glass sculpting and blowing. She has exhibited throughout the UnitedStates and has toured with a mobile glass studio throughout the Mid West. She received an enhanced teaching assistantship to UTA, a Glass Art Society Student Scholarship, a Nunez Grant, McDowell Travel Grant and the Dubois Glass Scholarship. She has studied in Italy, Czech Republic, Istanbul, Turkey and in the United States at Penland School of Craft, Pilchuck Glass School, Pittsburgh Glass Center and the Corning Museum of Glass. She was a teaching assistant for Glass Artists Scott Darlington and Shunji Omura. Michelle was a Lecturer at Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and a lecturer at UTA, teaching glass blowing.

ERIC HESS

Co-Director / Artist

International Stanislav Libensky award-winning Glass Artist Eric Hess originally hails from New Orleans. He received a Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture and Glass from the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). His work is in the permanent collections of the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia and the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, Czech Republic. He has exhibited in Europe and the United States and taught at the University of Texas at Arlington. . Eric specializes in Sand Casting Glass and Kiln Casting. He was the recipient of the Visionary Scholarship from the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass, Harvey & Bess Littleton Scholarship at Penland School of Craft, Scholarship to Pilchuck School of Glass and recently was a winner of a Stanislav Libensky International Award, which was presented in Prague. This coming year he will be exhibited in the Museum of Glass In Tacoma, Washington. He has curated several exhibitions at museums and galleries throughout the Gulf South and lectures frequently. Eric recently curated a special 

“Summer of Glass Exhibition” at Shreveport Regional Arts Council’s Artspace.

SEBASTIAN SHEPHERD

Glass Artist

Sebastian is an artist from Akron, Ohio. He studied glass at Kent State University where he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts. For the past six years, in addition to making and selling his own artwork, he has worked as an instructor and production glassblower at Akron Glass Works. 

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