Maggie Bean was born in Atlanta, Georgia and found her love for glassblowing when she was a senior in high school. “I engulf myself with glass. I overwhelm myself with the possibilities one flame can create. It’s a captivating, expressive, and physical art, and I learn more about this material every time I create with it.” Maggie received a Bachelors of Fine Arts in December 2012 from Valdosta State University.
Soon after graduation she moved to Wimberley, Texas where she joined a production team in hand blown lighting and interior design at Wimberley Glassworks. She received additional education from Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle, Washington to study under Matthew Urban. Afterwards, she traveled to New York and Italy for historical research, inspiration, and discovered different techniques at world renowned centers for art glass.
Maggie attended the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina as a recipient of the Richard Ritter Scholarship. Additionally, she completed a 6 month work-study at STARworks NC in 2017. Maggie has always had passion for glass making but her other passion is exploring and appreciating the outdoors. Since 2017 she has lived and worked just outside of Yosemite National Park. She finally realized her dream of owning her own mobile glassblowing studio, and she spreads the joy of glass by teaching entry level classes at Rush Creek Lodge, Yosemite.
Maggie continues to pursue her passion for glass and hopes to share the beauty of glass with others through her artwork and teaching.