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, active member of the Downtown Asheville Arts District, 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.
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.
WNC Native, 300,000 miles on two wheels, love skiing and winter sports.
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.
Julia grew up in St Petersburg, FL and graduated from Florida State University with a BA in Studio Art focused in Darkroom Photography. She is also an alumni of the International Rome Art Program based in Italy. Julia spends most of her time traveling and hiking with her family and two dogs.
Glass Resident Assistants
The Resident Assistantship is a professional development opportunity for emerging artists who have recent work experience in a glass blowing studio. Our program will help to further prepare you as a future creative entrepreneur and glass artist.
Emily is a multimedia artist whose passion for glass art has allowed her to work and learn in studios across the country. With a playful exploration of materiality and a sense of humor, her work explores the vulnerabilities and intimacies that startle and enrich our humanness. She currently lives in Asheville, NC with her cat, Lisa.
Sam is a glass artist from Star, North Carolina. She began her glass journey at STARworks, where she worked to make glassblowing accessible to youth in her rural community. Since 2015, she has used a free-flow style of creating as a mental health aid to cope with the ebbs and flows of human emotion. The therapeutic process of working with glass has always been the driving force in her glass pursuits and the motivator to share this experience with others.