Meet The Team!

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!

Shara Funari – Education Coordinator –

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.




Corey Cox – Artist/Instructor –

Corey has been blowing glass all over Texas for well over a decade.  He has patience in spades which makes him especially great at teaching our introductory classes and workshops.  During times when off-hand glassblowing hasn’t been available to him, Corey has kept his hands fresh by focusing on his own flameworking studio where he has been able to create smaller, more detailed glassworks.  We are excited to see how he scales up these sculptural works now that he’s back in the hot shop!




Ryan Doolittle – Artist/Instructor –

Ryan has blown glass all over the country and the world, most recently working for the Corning Museum of Glass, as a hot glass show demonstrator and as the mastermind behind their tourism and outreach programs.  She is a wealth of knowledge about the history and science behind glassmaking.  Outside of the hot shop, she is most at home in nature and it shines through her work which ranges from sculptural critters to tableware and vessels that mimic the outdoors through color, pattern and form.  We’re looking forward to seeing her interpret Texas’ scenery into glass!




Katie Plunkard – Owner/Studio Technician –

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

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.