Ghost Pepper Glass is a public glassblowing studio on the near east side of Austin, Texas.  As the only glassblowing studio of its kind in the Austin area, we seek to create an environment that caters to both the most skilled glass artisan while inviting the most novice enthusiast.  Ghost Pepper Glass is, first and foremost, a space for artists and craftspeople to dream big and work together to create that which can only be made by hand.  We offer classes for absolute beginners, equipment rental for experienced professionals, a retail space for gift givers, and everything in between.  If nothing else, we welcome you to stop in, say “hello” and watch us play with molten glass for a bit–but we cannot promise you won’t get hooked!

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Who’s Behind Ghost Pepper Glass?

Shara Funari – Artist/Instructor – www.sharafunari.com

Shara is our Texas native, coming up through the San Antonio glass scene via a true grit, production studio apprenticeship.  Her work represents her wide range of skill and appreciation for the material, often focusing on complex techniques for creating patterns and textures while showcasing the natural and unique qualities of glass.  Shara has also worked extensively on utilizing recycled and repurposed glass to create beautiful light fixtures and tableware which are available in limited sets.

Lauren Hunt – Artist/Instructor – www.laurenhuntglass.com

With over a decade of glassmaking under her belt, Lauren has made a little bit of everything.  For six years, she worked at the prestigious Corning Museum of Glass, representing them both on the demonstration stage at The Museum, as well as, their stages on Celebrity Cruise Lines.  Lauren has extensive experience in fabricating a wide range of works for designers and artists who normally work in other media or do not have the skills to realize their designs in glass.  She often welcomes the challenge of the wilder commission inquiries we receive.

Katie Plunkard – Owner/Glassmaker – www.katieplunkard.com

Katie has been blowing glass since 2006 but she became fascinated with glass much earlier when she saw glass artisans working on the island of Malta at the age of 11.  After finding a public glassmaking studio years later in her home town of Chicago, she tried her hand at making a cup and was instantly hooked.  With a background in both sculptural work and functional tableware, Katie enjoys blurring the lines between decorative art and functional craft while also trying to imitate patterns found in textile work wherever possible.

Ghost Pepper, Dotti and Archer – Shop Dogs/Human Resources

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Let’s be honest, these three really run the show.  If you are good at giving pats and belly rubs, you’ll do just fine in our shop.  If you’re afraid of dogs, fear not!  We can absolutely keep these three entertained in another part of the shop, should you want to come in anyway.