Paul Elyseev: Founder
Paul Elyseev spent the last 40 summers in Ocean Grove, NJ. Paul attained a BFA in Glass and Sculpture from Jacksonville University and continued his glassblowing education at Pilchuck Glass School and Penland School of Crafts. Paul also spent a year as a glass apprentice for Master Erwin Eisch - Eisch Factory in Germany and one month working at the Minden Glass Museum.
Paul also spends his time as a carpenter, 3-time National Rowing Champion, Asbury Park lifeguard for 16 years, and volunteer fireman.
Thomas Stevens: Founder
Thomas Stevens moved to Asbury Park 5 years ago, after 7 years in Amsterdam, where he worked in graphic design. That's also where he began his love affair with hot glass. At van Tetterode Glasatelier, he completed his first glass blowing course and was hooked. After 2 years studying, he began supervising the studio and various workshops with Bibi Smit and Richard Price.
Back in the States, he's been working in various studios and selling his glass through APeX Gallery and Weber Fine Art (mike-weber.com). (He's also been a Fulbright Scholar and a NYC Public school teacher.)
Hot Sand Crew:
Erin Krehel: Manager
Matt Donofrio: Glassblower
Bonnie Kooklin: Studio Associate
Emily Melendez: Studio Associate