Staff & Instructors

Malcom Potek

Owner and Artist 

Instructional Design

Instructor

Malcom Potek has been working in glass since 1991. He works primarily in kiln cast assembly and cold-work. Malcom, an experienced torchworker, creates custom canes for inclusion in his kiln work as well. A teacher for twenty plus years Malcom leads workshops throughout the United States as well as in the shop and privately. With his experience he develops curriculumn both for public art projects and as part of the Potekglass Curriculumn.

Kara vanWyk

 Artist

Instructional Design 

Instructor 

Kara van Wyk has been drawing since she could hold a pencil. She studied visual art at St. Olaf college, graduating with a visual art major and a license to teach K-12 visual art as well. When she met Malcom 20 years ago, her future mother-in-law gave her some high-firing glass paints and encouraged her to step into the glass medium with her painting skills. Now she has explored high-fired inclusions, low-fired paints, kiln-forming, and has recently made a foray into casting glass. She is a "maker" at heart, happy to commune with numerous media to put well-crafted objects into the world.

Mary Zimmerman

Instructor

Artist

After more than 30 years working as a theatrical craftsperson, I discovered torch work and found out how much I enjoy it. I took my first class at Potekglass in 2012. Hooked, I have made a practice to develop my skills in this beautiful medium for many years to come.

Rosie Brown

Studio Assistant

Artist

Her passion for arts education and desire support local artists in the Twin Cities lead her to her new role as Studio Assistant for Potekglass. She acquired her degree in Studio Art from Bethel University in 2010 and continues to research and create sculptural works and installations from her home studio. She is excited to be involved with Potekglass through class coordination, promotion and learning about glass!

Julie Bowen

Instructor

Artist 

I was raised learning art and crafts in an artistic family. In 2002 I fell in love with lampwork beads. I started teaching beadmaking, wire working, glass fusing, enameling, and other jewelry-making techniques in 2004. I went to graduate school and became a licensed teacher in 2007, became a mom in 2009, and have been a full-time jewelry-metal-glass artist, studio teacher, and mom since. Some of my favorite lampworking classes have been with Trey Cornette, Michal Silberberg, and Holly Cooper. My favorite part of teaching is watching the process of discovery and the amazement people feel when they realize what they can do, and the wide-ranging knowledge they take home.