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esteban.salazar@yahoo.comI     408.802.4759     I



Born In Bogota- Colombia 1979



2013    Master of Fine Art- Spatial Arts, San José State University, San Jose, CA

2009    Bachelors in Business Management- National Hispanic University. San Jose, CA

2000    Bachelors in Advertisement (DNC)- Universidad Central de Colombia. Bogota



Instructor and Teacher Assistant., 09 / 2013 - Current

UrbanGlass – Brooklyn, New York

  • Neon Bending Instructor for the Pratt Institute and the School of Visual Arts of New York. 
  • Teacher Assistant for Jane Bruce's Survey in Glass focused on mold casting and glassblowing.  
  • Teach introductory/intermediate glassblowing and cold-working classes to groups and individuals.


Instructor., 09 / 2013 - Current

BrooklynGlass – Brooklyn, New York

  • Developed and teach the glassblowing- neon bending- lamp working class for 'Survey in Glass' at the Long Island University.
  • Teach introductory/intermediate glassblowing and cold-working classes to groups and individuals.


Instructor, Teacher Assistant, Gaffer., 08/2001 to 08/2013

Bay Area Glass Institute- BAGI – San José, California

  • Taught extensibly glassblowing classes for groups and individuals of all ages and skill levels 
  • Assisted in planning and implementing an array of Deal-of-the-Day programs (Groupon, AAA Amazon, Living Social, and Google Offer) not only generating an steady cash-flow but also capturing core students and shaping them into studio renters  
  • Developed programs for under-privileged and at risk youth, including Bi-Lingual glassblowing programs aimed to the spanish speaking community
  • Organized and gaffed the seasonal production lines for BAGI 
  • Consistently got positive feedback from the management and amazing student/customer reviews

Teacher Associate and Teacher Assistant., 08 / 2010 to 08 / 2013

San José State University- SJSU– San Jose, California

  • Taught and mentored glassblowing from the academic perspective; fostering in class the importance of research, critical thinking and problem solving beyond the glassblowing studio.  
  • Assisted faculty to execute the curriculum for – Introduction to 3D Design, Beginner-Intermediate-Advanced Glassblowing, Glass Casting and Kiln-Forming.

Owner and Production Artist., 2008 to 2013

CasaFuego Glass Studio– San Jose, California

  • CoBuilt from the  ground up, and operated CasaFuego Glass Studio, an independent  glass blowing studio in the heart of Japantown San Jose .  



2016    'WantedDesign' Industry City. Brooklyn, NY

2016    'Weird Science Fair' Agnes Varis Art Center. UrbanGlass, Brooklyn, NY

2015    'Spectrum' Glass Art Society at Anno Domini,San Jose, CA 

2013    ‘Everyday Worlds: Interiors and Exteriors’ de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA

2013    Lift-off, MFA Graduate Exhibition, Art Ark. San Jose, CA

2013    ‘Cielo’ Thesis Exhibition. Gallery 2. SJSU, San Jose, CA

2012    ‘Playing with Fire: The Art of Making Glass’ Oakland Museum of California. Oakland, CA

2012     Even The Smallest Change Can Be Profound’ Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latinoamericana. San Jose, CA

2012    ‘Son’ Cargo Galleries, SJSU, San Jose, CA

2011    ‘The Siege’ Gallery 2. SJSU, San Jose, CA

2010    ‘All Eye See is Glass’ Herbert Sanders Gallery. San Jose, CA

2010     ‘The Elegant Failure’ Black Gallery. SJSU, San Jose, CA

2005    Stage Light v 2.0. Culture Cache Gallery. San Francisco, CA




2015    Teacher Assistant for Treg Silkwood's class in Cane and Form at Pilchuck. Stanwood, WA

2015    Teacher Assistant for Erik and Martin Domaine, and Peter Hook's Virtual Glass: Computer-Aided Design of Glass Cane, UrbanGlass, NY.

2013    Traditional Glass Blowing with Jeff Mack at BAGI. San Jose, CA

2012    Demo at the California Glass Conference, The Crucible, Oakland, CA

2012    Venetian Glass Blowing with Adam Holtzinger at 141 Penn Studios. El Segundo, CA

2011     ‘Congealed Breath’ Advanced Glassblowing with Chris Taylor at Pilchuck. Stanwood, WA

2010    ‘Design Aesthetics’ Glassblowing with Joe Cariati and Adam Holtzinger. Pittsburgh, PA

2010     Hot Sculpting with Martin Janecky at BAGI, San Jose, CA



2016    The Guild of Young Artist and Writers to the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards (Silver Medal)

2011    Nominated to the Corning Incorporated Award

2011    Partner Scholarship Pilchuck Glass School-San Jose State University

2009   Recipient of the Sobrato Scholarship at the National Hispanic University



Fluent in Spanish and English

Experienced Commercial-Studio Photographer

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