Paul Elyseev: Co-Founder
Paul Elyseev spent the last 40 summers in Ocean Grove, NJ. Paul received 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's other full-time job is owner of LevelLine Building and Renovations, LLC, 6-time National Rowing Champion, Asbury Park lifeguard for 16 years, and volunteer fireman.
THomas K. Stevens: Co-Founder
Thomas Stevens moved to Asbury Park 10 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. Atvan 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.)
Nick Emeric: Glassblower and Hot Shop MAnager
Over the last 10 years of creating glass art Nick’s career has taken him through many different avenues of education. Going through the Corning Museum of glass as well as the Pilchuck glass school his artwork has evolved in many different ways. He has also attained his Associates in Fine Art in Glass from the Salem Community College in 2009. He also has achieved his Bachelors degree in Fine art in Glass from Jacksonville University in 2012. Nick is currently challenged by recreating inspiring scenes of nature by engraving imagery into the surface of a glass sculpture.
Ali Emeric: Manager
Hannah Muller: Glassblower
Hannah Muller went to school at Salisbury University in Maryland where she recieved her BFA in hot glass. She is currently exploring themes of environmental sustainability in her work and draws inspiration from natural forms.
Samantha Dingfeld: Glassblower
Samantha Dingfeld first learned about glassblowing at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she earned her BFA in Craft and Material Studies, with a concentration in glass. Originally from New Jersey, Samantha returned home after college to work at Hot Sand and here she continues to develop and create her artwork. When she isn’t blowing glass at Hot Sand, Samantha can be found working on glass sculptures in her private studio. She is also currently working towards earning an Associates degree in Scientific Glassblowing from Salem Community College.
Paige Ramsay: customer service
Paige Ramsay is a graduate of the Fine Arts department at Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota Fla. She concentrated in sculpture and printmaking. Before she graduated in 2014 she experienced glass casting using silica molds. She is still currently exploring her knowledge with glass and other mixed medias.
Arielle Mazolla: Customer Service
Arielle attended New England College and graduated in 2015. She dedicated her four years to charcoal drawings, printmaking and oil painting. Upon graduating she discovered a new world of art with borosilicate glass and is currently teaching herself how to Lamp Work.