Meet our Instructors!
Filip Vogelpohl, the owner of Boise Art Glass, was born in Prague, Czech Republic, and fled to the United States in 1987 as a refugee. He grew up in Boise, Idaho, and took numerous art classes throughout high school. After graduating, while traveling the Northwest, Filip visited Eugene, Oregon, where his instant attraction to glassblowing sparked. The first two years of flameworking involved extensive torch time and guidance. Filip continued to travel while taking classes all over the world. He studied with such greats as Robert Mickelson, Kevin O’Grady in Colorado, and Casare Toffolo in Murano, Italy.
Now, Filip works everyday blowing glass and teaching classes at Boise Art Glass. He has his glass art in galleries throughout the country and his custom ordered chandeliers can be found in many restaurants and homes.
Michelle Ward is an artist born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, who now resides in Boise,Idaho. She earned her Bachelors in Art from Cleveland State University, where she was awarded a Visual Arts Merit Scholarship. After graduating she attended the Cleveland Institute of Art with a Post-Baccalaureate Scholarship, where she focused on glassblowing and jewelry. Now, Michelle shares her love of art as a glassblowing instructor.