June 24 - October 9, 2023

Launched in 2011, GLASSTASTIC brings together children in grades K–6 who submit drawings and descriptions of imaginary creatures and glass artists who turn those drawings into fabulous three-dimensional sculptures. This year, we received over 500 drawings. Eleven glass artists pored over them, each with the difficult task of choosing just one to transform into glass. The resulting exhibition reflects and celebrates the creativity and imagination of the children who participated and the ingenuity of the artists who faithfully rendered each creature’s distinguishing features in glass.

New this year, we have placed the creatures in an immersive habitat designed by local artist Cynthia Parker-Houghton.

Bringing the GLASSTASTIC menagerie to life requires the glass artists to experiment with processes, materials, and a variety of glass-working techniques. In some cases, molten glass was gathered on the end of a hollow pipe, rolled, stretched, and given form with the artist’s breath. For flame-worked sculptures, brightly colored rods of glass were heated with a torch and manipulated to create intricate details.

The imaginative young artists whose creatures have been turned into glass are Phoebe Benik, Elliot Esposito, Jorja Hill, Quinn Hobbie, Taelyn Jennings, Cori Kelly, Sylvan Koicuba, Leo Neeper, Willow Ngoma, Esme Sagarena-Harlan, and Isolde Tierney. The ingenious and generous glass artists are Josh Bernbaum, Marta Bernbaum, Jocelyn Brown, Bob Burch, Allie Dercoli, Robert DuGrenier, Zak Grace, Jordana Korsen, Sally Prasch, Randi Solin, and Jen Violette. We congratulate and thank them all! 

— Kirsten Martsi and Sarah Freeman, co-curators

Following is a list of 11 creatures that will be turned into glass. We congratulate their creators and all the other kids who impressed us with their amazing imaginations and drawing skills.

Froggy by Phoebe Benik, age 6, and Josh Bernbaum (JMB Glass)
Glue Creatures by Isolde Tierney, age 10, and Marta Bernbaum (JMB Glass)
Sally by Jorja Hill, age 9, and Jocelyn Brown (JBFineArt)
Squish by Leo Neeper, age 9, and Robert Burch (Robert Burch Glass)
Henna by Esme Sagarena-Harlan, age 9, and Allie Dercoli (FinAllie Ferments)
I AM THE EGGMAN by Quinn Hobbie, age 6, and Robert DuGrenier (Robert DuGrenier Associates, Inc.)
Rock by Sylvan Koicuba, age 11, and Zak Grace (Zak Grace Glass)
Snuggs by Elliot Esposito, age 9, Jordana Korsen (Hot Glass Art Center)
Seed by Willow Ngoma, age 7, and Sally Prasch (Prasch Glass)
Catacorn by Taelyn Jennings, age 9, and Randi Solin (Randi Solin Glass)
Oggy by Cori Kelly, age 7, and Jen Violette (Jen Violette Glass)
Glasstastic 2023 is supported in part by gifts from Elizabeth Catlin and Jared Flynn, Janet Hertzberg, Martha LoMonaco and Karl Ruling, Mel Martin and Pat Howell, Leo Schiff and Joy Hammond, and Carolyn Thall and Aidan Finnan.
An online gallery of every creature/drawing we received is available here
Click here to view selections from the 2011, 2013, 2017, 2019, and 2021 versions of GLASSTASTIC.
Questions? Email Chelsea Osborne at
June 17, Saturday, 2 p.m. — Vermont Blown Away
June 24, Saturday, 5 p.m. — Opening of Eight New Exhibits
October 7, Saturday, 5:30 p.m. — Dinner on Glass