Jeff Ballard completed BFA from University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, in 2000. He tried his hands in printmaking, painting, ceramics and successfully so. Yet, the charm of moulding glass into fascinating shapes became too irresistible an attraction for him and he happily surrendered into the pursuit of exploring the world of glass sculptures for the next decade or so. After a successful tenurity at various glass studios from Santa Fe to the Hill Country of Texas he embarked on his own individual journey in 2006. He relocated to Pacific Northwest where he set up Jeff Ballard Glass. In 2012 Jeff received the prestigious US Arts Envoy grant to travel to Berlin, Germany and develop a glass blowing program for young learners at Berlin Glas e.V.
Eleanor Roosevelt’s following words reverberate throughout Susan Clinard’s life, ‘The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience’. In actively seeking experiences through her work as a caseworker for foster children in Chicago working on the front lines in the community, schools, hospitals, and justice systems; collaborating with IRIS, a refugee resettlement agency in New Haven; being part of the teaching community (she taught with Gallery 37, an award winning arts education program); or shifting her base from Chicago to New Haven, Connecticut Susan fed her inner artist with life’s ironies to complement her active imagination.