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ABOUT GAIL STOUFFER

The path to this wonderful place has taken some turns, but the destination has always been in clear sight. I started this journey 15-years ago, after a long and successful corporate art and communications career. My BFA degree fueled a joy for creating, and a passion to help others find their artistic voice.  For 12-years I operated a retail shop where we sold glass and metalsmithing supplies and taught a ton of classes. For many years it was my devotion and obsession. Even though I loved the business side, I longed for more time to fully develop my own work, and to truly connect with students on a deeper level. 
So...   To quench my thirst, I went back to college to pursue a graduate degree in art, and as a matter of course, I decided to take a leap and change my life!  I ditched the storefront and summoned up the guts to open a studio devoted solely to teaching and growing, a place where we could forge a creative path, together! Its been the best choice I've made in my 30-year career. It's allowed me to grow personally and creatively, and to help my students develop their true potential. I'm a work-in-progress, and I work hard everyday to craft an environment where everyone, regardless of their experience level, feels like they belong! 
The studio continues to grow with more students and visiting instructors, and I'm inspired to make it better with every new development. 
I teach workshops in kiln formed glass, clay, and metal clay jewelry at my relaxed and happy studio in the Texas Hill Country, as well as at various venues around the country.  I also proudly serve as the Director of Educational Content (and part owner) of KilnFrog.com, an online resource for kiln education, equipment, and supplies, serving the glass, metals, blacksmithing and clay communities. 
My artwork can be seen and purchased at Texcetera Gallery, in the Texas Hill Country town of Johnson City. You can also purchase my artwork and jewelry directly through this website! 
Below, you'll find the technical stuff about what I do, but that's probably less interesting.
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My work conveys the hidden truths of identity. I create symbolic representations of struggle, rebellion, transformation, and ultimately acceptance of who we are versus who we are expected to be. These messages, rendered in glass, metals, or print, are communicated boldly, directly, and sometimes defiantly. The goal of my work is to engage on a deeper level, allowing viewers to question and confront their own identity experiences.

I have a passion for teaching! For the last 15 years I have led workshops in Kiln-Formed Glass (Fusing and Casting), Sterling Metal Clay Jewelry Making, Ceramics, and Printmaking, and Design. I served as Faculty at The Southwest School of Art in San Antonio for seven years, and concurrently as Educational Director at Wired Designs Studios for 12 years. In addition, I have been a visiting instructor at The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, The Pittsburgh Glass Center, Phoenix Center for the Arts, and The Fired Arts Academy, Interweave's BeadFest, JOGS Tucson, GlassCraft Expo, Milkweed Arts, SiNaCa Studios, Fusion Headquarters, AAE Glass, Heritage Glass, Western Art Glass, Weisser Glass Studios, and at Creative Glass in Zurich and the United Kingdom. 

I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Long Island University, and a Master of Art Education from Texas Tech University. My formal art education, coupled with my excitement over student accomplishments, delivers a genuine return and sense of pride in being an instructor. I am overjoyed when a student connects to the information presented, choosing to go beyond their perceived limits. My reward is in creating lifelong-learners, uncovering their smiles, showing their newly developed confidence.

I work in a variety of materials and processes to convey my ideas. Kiln Formed and Cast Glass, Sterling Silver, and Photo-Exposure Printmaking engage my life-long fascination with physics and chemistry. Although each medium is inherently different, each one allows me to practice its age-old processes and integrate them with the most modern, innovate techniques. Exploring functional forms and statement-oriented work allows me the opportunity to challenge myself to communicate in new ways. My work continues to evolve in content and process as I continue observation and examination of public roles versus the inner self.