Sandy Dukeshire is an internationally recognized glass artist and has been working with the medium for 20 years.
Her love for glass started with a community stained glass class in her hometown of Andover Massachusetts. A short time later she enrolled in an advanced stained glass class at the Museum School of Fine Arts. After several years, the natural progression began when she enrolled in a glass blowing class at Massachusetts College of Art.
Around the same time a good friend gave her a large used kiln and there was no turning back. She began fusing glass like crazy. A second glass blowing class at Mass Art sealed the deal. She was hooked.
An apprenticeship at Hurstin Glass and Metal followed. It was there that she honed her glassblowing skills and transformed from student to studio assistant.
The teaching of hundreds of workshops including stepping stones, jewelry, glass fusing, stained glass, and glass blowing has rounded out her career.
A prolific artist, she has collected a large inventory of work, which has led to selling her creations thru several local stores. Private commission work continues to be a specialty, and many of these works can be found sprinkled around the country.
2 Penni Lane
Andover, MA 01810
2001 – Present Instructor Tewksbury Senior Center Tewksbury, MA Coordinated and participated in the creation of the current glass program. Over the years I have grown the program from a single stained glass class to a program that includes stepping stone workshops and fused glass jewelry classes for seniors.
2002 – Present Instructor Essex Art Center Lawrence, MA Provided leadership in the development of the current glass program. From the creation of a single stained glass class I have assisted in the design and start-up of several classes and workshops for EAC including fused glass jewelry, advanced fusing techniques, stained glass in a day workshops for teens, glass blowing weekend workshops and glass enameling techniques.
2002 – 2005 Lead Gaffer Hurstin Glass and Metal Hamilton, MA At Hurstin Glass I started out as a student, then became assistant to owner, Mark Hursty. I gained technical knowledge of foundry equipment along with production experience in color and solid sculpture of hot glass. Promoted to Lead Gaffer, I managed the glass blowing team through production of blown glass lampshades and cast glass lamp bases.
2000 – 2001 Glass Blowing Mass Collage of Art Boston, MA Attended continuing education classes for glass blowing. Developed the skills required to work in a hot shop that would come to support owning my own studio.
1999 Advanced Stained Glass Museum of Fine Arts Boston, MA Received specialized training in the construction of stained glass windows utilizing lead came methods and gained experience in both sandblasting and kilnforming techniques.
2012 - Andover LCC Grant Award for education in hot glass techniques
2011 – Andover LCC Grant Award to purchase glass for internship program.
2007 – Tewksbury LCC Grant Award to construct Stained Glass Window for senior center.
Granted 100% of requested funding.
2007 – Andover LCC Grant Award to purchase color for internship program.
2006 – Andover LCC Grant Award for capital expenditures to purchase an electric crucible kiln for internship
2004 – Tewksbury LCC Grant Award for Trip to Tour Sandwich Glass Museum.
2002 – Tewksbury LCC Grant Award for Trip to Tour Boston Churches. Granted 100% of requested funding.