Samuel Spees is an artist, designer, educator who grew up in Dayton Ohio, where he discovered his love of athletics and teamwork. Pursuing football at Centre College in Kentucky Sam also found a passion for glassmaking. He has developed a body of work exploring lighting in relation to traditional Venetian form, as well as experimenting with glass as a material and medium.
Learning from, assisting, and working for renowned glass artist Stephen Rolfe Powell was very influential to Sam. Through his studies at Centre, Sam has been able assist in teaching glass classes, rebuilding a furnace, and traveling for public demonstrations.
Sam then graduated from the Studio Assistantship program at the Chrysler Museum of Art Glass Studio in Norfolk Virginia under Charlotte Potter and Robin Rogers. While there, Sam has progressed not only with his knowledge and techniques of glassmaking but also about maintaining a glass studio. He was also able to assist visiting artists such as Hank Adams, DH McNabb, and Leo Tecosky among others. Currently Sam a teaching assistant to DH McNabb at Penland School of Crafts during the 8 week fall concentration.
Mr. Spees has exhibited work at the Chrysler Glass Studio, Neusole Glassworks, Urban Glass, as well as a group show at the Harbor International Gallery during the 2017 Glass Art Society Conference.