Kevin Michael Regan is the owner and resident artist of Central GlassWorks. He has been blowing glass for almost seventeen years. Regan established his first studio, Central GlassWorks, in November 2005 at 26 years old. He is a single parent of two beautiful children, Iris and Elliott.
Regan picked up his first blow-pipe when he was 16 years old in a class taught by Scott Darlington at Fifth Avenue Glass, now known as Seattle Glass. He started assisting classes at the age of 17 and was teaching beginner classes by the age of 19. After several years at Seattle Glass, Regan began traveling.
With the urge to do more than just blow glass, he landed an apprenticeship with the most prominent glass carver in the world, Kelsey Murphy, who at that time led the cameo division of Pilgrim Glass. Regan lived in the hills of West Virginia on Murphy’s ranch for almost four months. It was there that he launched his trade as a glass carver. It was also his first experience living in a rural setting.
Under the wing of Kelsey Murphy, Regan toured several European countries. In the Black Hills of Manchester England, he was able to experiment with different techniques in both carving and blowing. In the Brierley Hill community a direct descendant of Thomas Webb, a pioneer of cameo glass, gave Regan his first and only taste of the copper wheel. Kelsey Murphy took him to Denmark and Sweden as well, where he was able to try his hand at the Swedish style. He worked briefly at both Orrefors and Kosta Boda.
His travels took him as far as the island of Murano off of Venice in Italy where he volunteered several weeks assisting a family of glass blowers. Regan was also able to talk his way into working with one of the fifteen, nine man glass blowing teams of Waterford Crystal in Ireland.
Regan has also taught at the Eugene Glass School in Oregon. He worked for David Garcia in southern Washington and at Vitreluxe Glass for Lynn Read in Portland, Oregon. Regan now divides his time between the glass studio and family life with his two children. Bliss is found when those two overlap.
Annabelle Thomas has been blowing glass with Central GlassWorks for almost four years. Her mother brought her in to view glassblowing as part of her homeschooling curriculum at age 11. Anna was so impressed that she asked if she might begin an apprenticeship and has been a part of the crew ever since. Now she spends a lot of her time in the shop teaching classes and making her own art. Anna plans to stay on at Central GlassWorks for as long as she can.
Billy Armstrong has been with Central GlassWorks for over three years. Constantly drawing and painting as a child, his interest in art grew quickly. After beginning an apprenticeship with Central GlassWorks at age 16, Billy developed his own distinctive style of glass art and has become one of the studio’s prized teachers and a valuable member of Kevin’s production team.
Chris Kinney is the self-proclaimed “extra set of lungs” at Central GlassWorks. He started working for the studio in 2005 and now assists in the gallery and studio daily. You can find him behind the cash register, blowing at the bench, or crafting a custom paperweight for a friend.