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“My work is a melding of traditional glassmaking techniques and contemporary design. I aim to present pieces to my audience that are clean, approachable and well-articulated.

 

I take inspiration from the everyday world around me as I seek to illuminate fragments of our cultural landscapes that may otherwise be considered commonplace or overlooked.”

Detroit based Aritst, Designer and Educator, Andy Koupal has over 18 years of experience working with glass. He received a BFA in 2009 from RIT’s School for American Crafts and honed his abilities while working for many shops and institutions including Simon Pearce, The Corning Museum and most recently The Henry Ford, where he worked full-time for 10 years as a production glassblower and managed the Glass Shop from 2018-2021. He also taught as an Adjunct Faculty member at the College for Creative Studies for 10 years.

Currently, Andy co-owns and operates out of a hot glass studio in Detroit, MI where he focuses on design and sculptural works.

Education

 

Rochester Institute of Technology

BFA in Glass and Sculpture  Rochester, NY

May    2009

 

Work

 

Owner/Operator 2021-Present

AK Industries     Detroit, MI

 

College for Creative Studies

2013 – 2022

Adjunct Faculty Detroit, MI

 

Flint Institute of Art  2018 – 2022

Demonstrator/Instructor

Flint, MI

 

The Henry Ford  2018 – Aug. 2021

Studio Manager Dearborn, MI

 

The Henry Ford      2012 – June 2018

Glassblower  Dearborn, MI

 

Simon Pearce

2011 – 2012

Glassblower  Windsor, VT

 

Furnace Design Studio

2009 – 2011

Glassblower/Instructor Dearborn, MI

 

Epiphany Glass   2009-2011

Glassblowing Assistant   Pontiac, MI

 

Cedar Point 2008

Glassblower    Sandusky, OH

 

Corning Musuem of Glass

2007

Walk – In Workshop Instructor

Corning, NY

 

Baron Glassworks

2004 – 2010

Assistant/Technician/Instructor  Ypsilanti, MI

Exhibitions/Shows

 

 

Glass 52    2024

 

Habatat Galleries   Royal Oak, MI

 

 

Rockets, Robots & Rayguns 2024

 

Janice Charach Gallery

 

West Bloomfield, MI

 

 

The End  2024

 

Culture Object  New York, NY

 

 

Auxillary Gallery 2024

 

Trifecta Glass  Lexington, KY

 

 

Underfoot/Overhead  2024

 

Wasserman Works Detroit, MI

 

 

Play-Ability + GAS Conference Reception 2023

 

I.M. Weiss Gallery   Detroit, MI

 

 

NGG 2023  2023

 

Habatat Galleries  Royal Oak, MI

 

 

Fete2022

 

I.M. Weiss Gallery    Detroit, MI

 

 

Michgian Regional Glass Exhibition 2022

 

Janice Charach Gallery

 

West Bloomfield, MI

 

 

MHG Winter Inviational

 

2020

 

Michigan Hot Glass

 

Detroit, MI

 

 

River of Shadows (Kim Harty w/Andy Koupal)   2020

 

Heller Gallery

 

New York, NY

 

 

STEEP

 

2020

 

Janice Charach Gallery

 

West Bloomfield, MI

 

 

Michigan Regional Glass Exhibition

 

2019

 

Janice Charach Gallery

 

West Bloomfield, MI

 

 

Teaching Workshops

 

 

Pittsburgh Glass Center 2022

 

TA for Ryan Thompson  Embracing Failure

 

Pittsburgh, PA

 

 

University of Michigan

 

2022

 

Stamps School of Art and Design

 

Ann Arbor, MI

 

Glass Casting Workshop

 

 

University of Wisconsin Stevens Point

 

2013

 

Winter Session Intensive

 

Stevens Point, WI

 

 

Curatorial

 

 

Toledo Arts Commission

 

Rescue Plan Grant Panelist

 

2024

 

 

Ann Arbor Art Fair

 

2016

 

Juror

 

Ann Arbor, MI

 

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