Michael Rutkowsky / Pond Branch PotteryStudio Potter since receiving an MFA from USC, Columbia, SC in 1979. Makes functional and decorative reduction fired stoneware at...
JJ Brown & Simona Rosasco
Husband and wife, JJ and Simona, live in the mountains of Western North Carolina where they own and operate Fyreglas Studio. Working together they create both decorative and functional kilnformed glass art. Starting with an extensive palette of sheet glass, much of their work begins by creating designs and then kilncasting “pattern bars” in a wide variety of color combinations and sizes. These bars are cut, using a wet diamond saw, into slices or strips. The slices & strips are then incorporated into flat panels and are fired in the kiln a second time. Some of the flat panels are then fired a third time into molds creating functional pieces such as plates and bowls.
JJ, a retired fire chief from Miami, Florida, moved to Bakersville in 2001 and built his glass studio. Simona, after meeting JJ in 2006, retired from her career in health care in Pensacola, Florida and relocated to the mountains. Simona received her BFA in Art Education from The University of South Florida and has studied glass at Penland School of Crafts. JJ has studied glass at The University of Miami, The Studio at Corning, Pilchuck Glass School and Penland School of Crafts.