Meet our little team of artisans and learn more about our facilities
For nearly two decades, Salado, Texas based artist Gail Allard has been passionately creating beautiful works of art in blown glass. Pulling inspiration from daydreams and distant travels, Allard has honed his process of exploring the creative possibilities of color, shape and texture with one of the most demanding and unforgiving materials known to man. (Not everybody can do it, right?) Gail's distinct vision for merging the natural luminosity of glass with his refined technique unites the beautiful balance of elegance and movement in each work he designs. His work is made by his own hands in the Salado Glassworks studio, supported by his gallery and hot shop team.
Started apprenticeship at Jennifer Sears Glass Studio in Lincoln City, OR and has been blowing for 15 years. While visiting his brother in Texas, he found his home at Salado Glassworks and has been instructing and blowing for the last 5 years.
Michael "Tooch" Touchy
Introduced to glassblowing via TexTech while earning BFA, studied under Gail's mentor, Bob Rynearson. He was introduced to Gail via Bob, and offered him an apprenticeship that started Jan 2014. Worked at a Mexican restaurant for a month, but quit because it was "too hot.”
Gail Mallard, yep only thing separating her from Gail M. Allard the owner is a period! His joke not hers! Girl Gail retired from the corporate rat race and went searching for a fun place to work part time. As the Gallery Manager at SGW she also manages the website and events both public and private. She has experience working with stained glass and is enjoying learning glass blowing techniques.
Cassie joined the SG team in 2021 and has begun to learn to blow glass. She's had an affinity towards the Arts since a young age and is currently doing epoxy resin in her spare time.
THE CAT CROWN PRINCE OF SGW
Rexor Ignacious Eisenhower, III
He fills the great paws left by his predecessor, Oscar, in collecting as many friendlly scratches and pets from gallery visitors. You can catch him guarding the calendar on the gallery counter or hunting for critters outside of the shop.
Bob Rynearson has been blowing glass for 25 years, and could be considered the spark of existence for Salado Glassworks. He took on Gail as an apprentice in 2002 and has maintained a constant presence at the studio since its opening day. An amazing artist, friend and family member of the Salado Glassworks crew.
GLASS BLOWER ASSISTANT
Jackson Delio has been involved with Salado Glassworks since he was 8 or 9 years old when his family began attending the shops' popular Blow Your Own events. A school course required him to shadow an entrepreneur, and he immediately asked "Mr. Gail" if he could fill 120 hours at the shop. At only 15, and nearly two years later, Jackson can be seen assisting the artists in the studio after school and is quickly becoming an experienced glass maker himself.