Leigh Taylor Wyatt attended the University of Cincinnati for Fine Arts between 1990 and 1992. After taking several classes at a glassblowing studio in Ohio, she moved to New Orleans to study with Jim Mongrain and Jonathan Christie. In 1995 she began attending The Appalachian Center for Crafts with Curt Brock. During the year and a half at the Craft Center she attended classes with Dick Marquis at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine and Lino Tagliapietra at Pilchuck Glass School in Washington. She worked for Therman Statom during the summer of 1996 as his artist assistant. In 1997 Miss Wyatt won the Niche Award for Glass and opened her own studio in Newburgh, Indiana where she worked for four years. In 1998 she attended Haystack with Richard Royal. In 1999 she received an NEA Grant to produce the Governor’s Art Awards. In 2005 Leigh attended class in Adelaide, Australia with Giles Bettison. In 2006, Leigh moved to Texas to be closer to family and continue her glass career. After moving to the Austin area, Wyatt realized the need for a public access studio. For Wyatt, helping to create a community of glass artists is as important as the art itself. You can view her work at leightaylorwyatt.com.
Shara Funari began her glass blowing career in 2004 at Garcia Art Glass in San Antonio, TX. She utilized the following four years learning both hot and cold glass techniques and working as glassblowing assistant, cold shop technician, production manager, and inventory specialist of the studio. During 2008-2010, Shara was an undergraduate at Tennessee Tech University where she studied glass blowing under Curt Brock at the Appalachian Center for Crafts. These opportunities have focused Shara’s skills and inspired her community based approach to art making.