International Flameworking Conference

2019 International Flameworking Conference

March 1st - 3rd

2019 Lineup includes Kit Paulson, Carmen Lozar, Mike Shelbo, Beccy Feather, Amy Lemaire, and more! More presenters to come; stay tuned for updates! The weekend will also include our sponsors displays including ABR Imagery, Carlisle Machine Works, Wale Apparatus, and more to be announced soon! Wheaton Arts Gallery will have work created by many of our presenters on display and available for purchase!


Kit Paulson

Kit Paulson, Featured Artist

Kit Paulson received her MFA from Southern Illinois University and her BFA from Alfred University. She has taught across the United States and internationally at schools including Penland School of Craft, Pilchuck Glass School and Bildwerk Frauenau. Kit has completed residencies including the Rosenberg Residency at Salem State University, S12 Gallery in Bergen, Norway and the Tacoma Museum of Glass. She has received scholarships from Pilchuck Glass School, Corning Museum of Glass, Pittsburgh Glass Center, The Windgate Foundation, Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass and the Glass Art Society. Her work has been published in New Glass Review editions 36, 37 and 38. She is currently a resident artist at Penland School of Craft in North Carolina.


Carmen Lozar

Carmen Lozar, Demonstrating Artist

Carmen Lozar is a glass artist and a faculty member of the Ames School of Art at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois. Although she travels abroad to teach and share her love for glass - most recently to Turkey, Italy, and New Zealand - she has always returned to her Midwestern roots. A graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she completed her post-graduate degree at Alfred University, New York, and is represented by the Ken Saunders Gallery in Chicago. The sculpture I create with glass is meant to inspire and provoke imagination. Telling stories has always been my primary objective. Some narratives are sad, funny, or thoughtful but my pieces are always about celebrating life.”


Mike Shelbo

Mike Shelbo, Demonstrating Artist

Mike Shelbo (born 1980, MI, USA) has made objects out of glass since the late 1900's. It has allowed him to explore his imagination and ultimately himself though a world of goblins and sculpture. He has worked with Glass Alchemy to illustrate their borosilicate colors in a chart that has become a staple on the walls of lampworking studios around the world. With a love for color and mixed media, Shelbo has completed several solo gallery exhibitions as well as participated in many group shows. From the furnace to the torch there is so much glass knowledge to be consumed, and a hardworking wizard is always hungry. One must constantly be snacking forward.


Beccy Feather

Beccy Feather, Demonstrating Artist

Beccy Feather is a British born glassmaker who lives and works in Bremerton, WA. Beccy has an MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology and has consistently pushed to elevate her artwork and invest in the education of the community. She navigates daily between the roles of production flame worker, artist, educator, and tea-drinker. Her art work is a mixture of fine craft, humor, and home science.


Amy Lemarie

Amy Lemaire, Friday Night Presenter


Stay tuned- more demonstrations and sponsors/vendors to be announced soon!

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Each spring, Salem Community College hosts the International Flameworking Conference (IFC), a three-day event that promotes excellence in flameworking through artist demonstrations and scholarly presentations. The weekend attracts glass artists and enthusiasts from around the nation and world.  Salem Community College and the SCC Foundation are indebted to distinguished members of the glass art community who have graciously shared their talents at the IFC. 


Past Featured Artist:

Joe Peters (2018) – U.S.A.

Amber Cowan (2017) – U.S.A.

Eusheen Goines (2016) – U.S.A.

Junichi Kojima & David Willis (2015) – U.S.A.

Joyce J. Scott (2014) - U.S.A.

Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen (2014) - U.S.A.

Vittorio Costantini (2013) - Italy

Jay Musler (2012) - U.S.A.

Laura Donefer & Gianni Toso (2011) – Canada & Italy/U.S.A.

Paul J. Stankard (2010) - U.S.A.

Shane Fero (2009) - U.S.A.

Carmen Lozar (2008) - U.S.A.

Loren Stump (2007) - U.S.A.

Ginny Ruffner (2006) - U.S.A.

Iwao Matsushima (2005) - Japan

Cesare Toffolo (2004) - Italy

Kari Russell-Pool (2003) - U.S.A.

Lucio Bubacco (2002) - Italy

Robert Mickelsen (2001) - U.S.A.