Meet our little team of artisans and learn more about our facilities
For over twenty years, 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.
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.”
Cassie joined the SG team in 2021 and has begun to learn to blow glass. While her background is in English and IT she is constantly inspired by the Arts and has found her niche in the Glass Blowing community.
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 16, 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.