Ashleigh Hardes Koslow

Marketing Director, business manager and a founding member of Lexington Glassworks. She wears many hats at Lexington Glassworks including managing the studio's digital marketing strategies, branding, media relations, PR and B2B development. Ashleigh is an active member in both the arts and business community of Asheville. She is a current board member of the Asheville Downtown Association and North Carolina Glass Center and active member of the Downtown Asheville Arts District. She was the 2018 Summer of Glass marketing chair and the former South Slope Neighborhood Association President. Originally from Ithaca, New York, she lives on a mini-farm with her husband, two daughters and two dogs outside of Weaverville.

Anne Bradford

I’m from Durham, North Carolina, and moved to Asheville to attend Warren Wilson College, where I got a BA in fine art with a concentration in painting and pen and ink. I am one of the few cat lovers at Lexington Glassworks, but am also a fan of dogs. Two joys in my life are people and art, and working at Lexington, I get to enjoy both.

Patricia Galbani

Patty was born in Mendoza, Argentina, and grew up between New York, Mendoza, and Puerto Rico where she graduated with a Bachelor’s in Science and Technology focusing on Computer Programming. Later, she moved to Florida where she studied Graphic Design at The Art Institute. But she still missed the mountains and after visiting and falling in love with Asheville, decided to move. Mixing and combining colors is one of her passions and helping people beautify their spaces makes her smile. Patty lives with her ray of sunshine Dayman, a cute little Dachshund, and enjoys her free time doing yoga, running, hiking, and painting.

Michael Martin

Michael began his career in glass blowing in his hometown of Richmond, VA at Virginia Commonwealth University where he graduated with a BFA in Craft and Material Studies. Taking a special interest in the Italian style glass working. He has traveled several times to the Island of Murano to study glass techniques specific to the glassmakers there. Here at Lexington Glassworks Michael is a production glassblower, and assistant gaffer helping to create many of the classic LGW designs.

Dean Klein

WNC Native, 300,000 miles on two wheels, love skiing and winter sports.

Colin Stader

Colin Stader is a glass artist from Irmo, South Carolina. His first experience with glass was in high school at a local studio in downtown Columbia, SC. That experience combined with his grandfather’s artistic influence sparked an interest that lead him to graduate with a BFA Specializing in Glass from Jacksonville University. Following school, Colin traveled throughout the country working at multiple glassblowing studios honing his craft. A main focus found in Colin’s work is the exploration of patterns and the optical qualities of the subject matter through the use of cane or murrine.

Samantha Long

Samantha Long is our dynamic Marketing Assistant and Social Media Manager! With an eye for detail and a creative flair, she is behind all our captivating photos, videos, and social media channels. Working closely with our Marketing Director, Ashleigh, Sam assists in all marketing endeavors. Originally from Ohio, she graduated from Ohio University, where she studied communications, sales, and marketing. Sam has worked in marketing since 2019 but has also spent the past 5 years working for local animal rescues. Sam lives in Asheville with her partner, dog named Jane, and cat named Linda. When not at work, she enjoys the great outdoors and live music. 

Sarah Montrond

Our winter Resident Assistant, Sarah Montrond, was born and raised on the south shore of Massachusetts. She received her BFA in Painting and Art History with a minor in Glass from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. After graduation, she worked for artist Anjali Srinivasan and was an Artist in Residence at the Worcester Center for Crafts. Sarah completed the Pittsburgh Technical Apprenticeship and was the Residence Intern for Starworks Glass in Star, NC. Most recently, Sarah participated in the fellowship program at Pilchuck Glass School. Montrond has been shown in various exhibitions across the United States. She has been awarded scholarships for craft schools such as Pilchuck Glass School, Haystack Mountain School of Craft, and Penland School of Craft. You can find Sarah on the trail with her border collie Sierra when she isn't in the studio.

A Community of Glass Artists

Lexington Glassworks is committed to and passionate about the continued cultivation of the glass community in Asheville. The Resident Assistantship is a professional development opportunity for emerging artists. This program is intended to further prepare participants as future creative entrepreneurs and glass artists.

Past Resident Assistants

Emily Morrison [Spring 2022]
Michael O'Brien [Fall 2023]
Samantha Parker [Summer 2022]
Jasmine Steinacker [Spring 2023]
Colin Stader [Summer 2023]
Jess Leonard [Fall 2023]
Sarah Montrond [Winter 2024]

Past Glassblowing Assistants

Annie Jacobsen [Her Glassworks]
Asher Holman [Small Batch Glass]
Cole Johnson [Cole Johnson Glass]
Leckie Gassman [Independent Artist]

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