Susan Matych-Hager - Glass Director
Formerly a music professor at Siena Heights University, Susan Matych-Hager’s journey into art glass beadmaking, also known as lampwork or torchwork, began in 2001 with a class she took at the Toledo Museum of Art. Susan is now an accomplished artist, having been represented in the last seven annual juried exhibits by the International Society of Glass Beadmakers as well as several other shows, and published in Bead & Button, The Flow, Ornament, and Profitable Glass Quarterly magazines. One piece, Promise of Spring, from her nature-inspired series of necklaces called The Seasons, has traveled for exhibits all over the United States and internationally for the last two years.Winter Dreams, from the same series, was awarded second place in the lampwork category of the 2013 Bead Dreams Competition by Bead & Button Magazine.
Kris Cravens - Glass Instructor
Kris Cravens, head of the ACA ceramics program and glass instructor, began her career in fashion merchandising and design. Fifteen years ago, she began working in clay, and she added glass fusion to her work more recently. Currently represented by three Detroit galleries and a successful Etsy store, she has also participated in a number of art fairs including the Ann Arbor Art Fair and Art-A-Licious. Kris enjoys teaching ceramics, and she is a board member of the LCVA/ACA and a former board member of the Michigan Ceramic Art Association (MCAA).