The Gaffer: Tyler Kimball Born and raised in Kansas City, Tyler Kimball has returned home after 17 years away, developing skills and appreciation for the fine art of glassblowing. During that stint he worked for various studios, artists and facilities in many forms. Also during that time, his work grew in stature, showing in galleries internationally, and featured in many museums and private collections. Kimball is proud to bring his love of glass to Kansas City in the form of Monarch Glass Studio. Check out great process videos and much more on Instagram @coach_kimball
Crew Member: Christian Salazar Originally from Garden City, Kansas, Salazar has been working with glass since his time at Emporia State University where he studied under Patrick Martin and Roberta Eichenberg in Glass Forming. He has worked at Rock Cottage Glassworks and Moon Marble prior to joining the Monarch team. In Salazar's own work, he enjoys adding texture and color in unexpected ways to create unique glass art pieces as well as calling upon imagery from his heritage.
Crew Member: Alison Siegel Having moved to Kansas City from way of Brooklyn, New York, Siegel has worked with hot glass for over 12 years and brings great technical knowledge as well as limitless creativity to Monarch Glass Studio. Her work has shown around the country and is currently represented by Heller Gallery in Chelsea, New York.
Crew Member: Katie Hogan Having studied glass Art at SIU in Carbondale, IL, Hogan brings much experience to the table at Monarch Glass Studio. She has spent time running galleries in Illinois as well as working for various glass artists over the years. She came on as a crew member at Monarch shortly after her time as an intern in the fall of 2017. She is a Kansas City, Missouri native.
Crew Member: Madeline Almeida Madeline joined the Monarch team in 2018 after a two year assistantship at Wheaton Glass in New Jersey. She took 2019 off to travel and then returned to Kansas City and Monarch Glass Studio in 2020. Madeline loves the process of production glassblowing and sets her goals high when trying new pieces of her own in the studio.
Crew Member: Aubrey Barnett Aubrey received her BFA from University of Texas in Arlington with an emphasis in Glass Art. She has studied under and assisted a wealth of talented glass artists. She came to Monarch Glass Studio in 2020 after spending two years at the heralded JAM FACTORY in Adelaide, Australia.
Crew Member: Dylan Betz Dylan commutes from Omaha, Nebraska to help the Monarch team on the weekends. His knowledge gained through the Hilltop program in Tacoma, Washington as well as assisting numerous glass artists in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii over many years come to great aid in the glass studio at Monarch.
The Intern: Rotating A program at Monarch Glass studio offered to those with some experience in glassblowing and wanting to attain more knowledge of a running studio. The program runs for seven weeks in the Fall and Spring. The intern commits to one day per week to the studio and receives a free day with assistance on the last day of the program to use the new skills they learned in crating their own work. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to be considered for the next intern rotation. Previous Interns: Spring 2016- LeRoy Grubbs, Fall 2016- Josh Fredock Spring 2017- Justin George, Fall 2017- Katie Hogan Spring 2018- Ryan Thomas, Fall 2018- Jason Bell Spring 2019- Will Weirick, Fall 2019- N/A Spring 2020- Hannah Fine
The Monarch Crew Club: 2015: Tyler Kimball, Kevin Platt, Katie Hogan, Katie Hubbs 2016: Tyler Kimball, Katie Hubbs, Willie Haynes, Max Grossman 2017: Tyler Kimball, Katie Hubbs, Alison Siegel, Jason Bauer, Romina Gonzalez, DJ Benyosef, Jonathan Bolivar, Amanda Patenaude, Katie Hogan 2018: Tyler Kimball, Jonathan Bolivar, Katie Hogan, Amanda Patenaude, Madeline Almeida, Alison Siegel 2019: Tyler Kimball, Jonathan Bolivar, Katie Hogan, Alison Siegel, Jack Hedrick, Justin George, Christian Salazar, Ryan Thomas, Dylan Betz 2020: Tyler Kimball, Alison Siegel, Katie Hogan, Alison Siegel, Christian Salazar, Dylan Betz, Madeline Almeida, Aubrey Barnett
Previous Instructors at Monarch Glass Studio: Tyler Kimball, Katie Hubbs, Willie Haynes, Alison Siegel, Amanda Patenaude, Jonathan Bolivar, Danny White, Jack Hedrick, DJ Benyosef, Christian Salazar