Ian Schmidt

Artist Statement

My work is derived from the natural world, taking influence from forms, textures, and colors. As a biomorphic artist I work towards making objects that speak to the natural world and a human experience within it.


Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA — Masters of Fine Art August 2015 - June 2017 Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY — Bachelors of Fine Arts August 2006 - June 2010


Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton, VA — Director of Glass & Ceramics January 2024 - Present Creative director of glass and ceramics programs at the Workhouse Arts Center, a non-for-profit craft center.

University Wisconsin Madison, Madison, WI — Technician JUly 2021 - December 2022 Technical administration for Glass, Ceramics, 4d Design, Printmaking departments.

John Pomp Studios, Philadelphia, PA — Research & Development Specialist January 2018 - June 2021 R&D technical specialist focusing on glass products.

University Pennsylvania , Philadelphia, PA — Technician July 2017 - MONTH 2018 Metal & Wood technical specialist advising students, maintaining equipment.

Corning Museum of Glass , Philadelphia, PA — Team Leader June 2008 - May 2015 Glass at Sea program, GlassLab, Hot glass demonstrator.


Glass Art Society - Student Representative: A representative of students for glass programs throughout the country.

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