Mission Statement

As the premier glass-blowing studio in Northeast Ohio, The Glass Asylum produces hand crafted glass art and light fixtures. We also teach classes, rent studio time and host events. Our ultimate goal is to offer multiple outlets for the public and art community to expand their appreciation and knowledge of the art of glass-blowing.

Meet The Artists

Christopher Crimaldi

Once a hobby, Chris took his passion for glassblowing and turned it into a full-time, full access studio. As owner and artist of The Glass Asylum, he is deeply committed to the studio’s vision to be the premiere teaching facility, artist’s studio and gallery in Northeast Ohio. Chris is particularly interested in creating translucent glass fixtures for retail and industrial settings. His work is on display at several of Cleveland’s upscale restaurants. A self-taught artist, he encourages everyone to explore the fascinating art of glassblowing by enrolling in one of the many 1-hour workshops offered at the studio throughout the year. Chris is a native of Cleveland who spent five years serving in the United States Marine Corp. He is a licensed electrician with Crimaldi and Son, an electrical company he manages with his father, Gary Crimaldi.

Dean Wehrenberg

glass artist / hot-shop manager

Dean was born and raised in Brecksville, Ohio. He first witnessed glass-blowing in Downtown Cleveland the summer before shipping off to the Columbus College of Art & Design. Freshly inspired, he dabbled in the field his Freshman year, and the rest is history. He completed his BFA degree in 2013 and moved back home to the West Side of Cleveland.

We discovered Dean while our studio was still under construction. He helped us build the hot shop you see him working in today. His skills have only improved since he has had time to create more of his own artwork in this facility. Dean finds his inspiration within the interactions of nature and society. He is also influenced by street art, calligraphy and typography.

Jason Bauck

glass artist

Jason grew up in the Chagrin area and he graduated from Bowling Green State University with a degree in 3-Dimensional Studies. He joined our team of glass artists and is becoming a strong asset to our studio.

Jason describes two inspirations behind his personal artwork:
“The first is from the natural world that surrounds us. Nature provides us with an endless supply of examples of different textures, patterns, shapes and colors that can spark the imagination. The second is the way found objects can play a role in the work while adding a unique perspective to the glass. I blow glass into and around found objects such as wood, stones and scrap metal. These objects become part of the final artwork. I like the way the glass becomes restricted by the form it comes in contact with. I also like how a unique texture negative is created after blowing over forms that will only fit back onto the space created for it….”

View the rest of his artist statement and portfolio on his website:

Jake Garretson

glass artist

Jake grew up in Amherst, Ohio and now attend the Cleveland Institute of Art pursuing his Bachelor’s Degree in Glass-Blowing. His major focus is on working with thin, clear glass to create impressive Goblets and vases. You will find him here generally on the weekend for our Workshops. Be sure to strike up a conversation as his passion is evident once you get him going about glass.


Bryan Zamiska

glass artist

Bryan Zamiska was born in 1988 and raised in Northeast Ohio. Zamiska graduated from Kent State University in 2016 with a BFA in glass. Most of Zamiska’s inspiration stems from natural and urban environments. Strongly influenced by nature, Zamiska finds an endless source.
The active approach required for glass making intrigued him to explore the material. Zamiska’s central concentrates on using different forms, compositions and materials found in nature or industrial settings, to create a dialogue within the sculpture. Time, movement, light and space exemplify ideas considered within the work. Zamiska believes in constantly exploring new creative solutions and technical processes as he continues to develop his craft.

Amber Eckhardt

glass artist

West side Cleveland native, graduated from Berea High School in 2005. She went on to then attended the Cleveland Institute of Art to begin a career in fine arts as a glass major. Other interests include a background in special fx, ceramics, jewelry and sculpture. In 2009 she was the scholarship recipient for the Victor Schreckengost excellence in glass award. Her attention to details and the human form are shown though out her work. She hopes to continue her education in to graduate school in art therapy to help aid those with ptsd.