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 received a BFA 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.
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: Ryan Thomas Primarily a warm glass art maker, Thomas focuses on meticulous details to expand into larger patterns in his work. He has studied glass at KCAI and as a Monarch Glass Studio intern prior to taking on the position at Monarch. He has also studied under Richard Parish in learning applied pattern process in kiln-formed glass.
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
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
Previous Instructors at Monarch Glass Studio: Tyler Kimball, Katie Hubbs, Willie Haynes, Alison Siegel, Amanda Patenaude, Jonathan Bolivar, Danny White, Jack Hedrick, DJ Benyosef