Our Directors and Staff

Operations

  • Clifton Crofford

    Executive Director, Development Director, Glass Blowing Instructor

  • Jean M. Fernandes

    Kiln Studio Manager & Instructor, Visiting Artist Coordinator

    Kevin McGehee

    Associate Director, Glass blowing Instructor, Flame Working Instructor

  • Tatara Siegel

    Artistic Coordinator/ Youth Outreach Coordinator, Glass Blowing Instructor

  • Heidi Childers

    Administrative Director

Clifton Crofford

Executive Director, Development Director, Glass Blowing Instructor

Started: 2007 I am a partner, father, student, teacher, and glass maker.  I am proud to be an important part of the incredible team at SiNaCa Studios and hope that our combined efforts will leave a lasting and important addition to the cultural landscape of Fort Worth, TX. I am a maker at my core, and ultimately love making a difference in the lives close to me and the community I love. 

Jean M. Fernandes

Kiln Studio Manager & Instructor, Visiting Artist Coordinator

Started: 2015

I’m a full time artist and educator with an   
undergraduate degree in the arts from San Jose State University, CA,   
and a master’s degree in glass from the University of Texas at   
Arlington. I’m the runt of the SiNaCa team (the shortest one) and I’m   
also rebellious enough to include only two sentences here instead of   
three. 
Glass Vocabulary Word: Devitrification

Kevin McGehee

Associate Director, Glass blowing Instructor, Flame Working Instructor

Started:2007 

I stumbled in to glass blowing in 1998 needing a 3D art credit for a graphic design degree at UT Arlington. The glass blowing elective turned in to 14 semester journey finishing with a BFA in Glass Art. 20+ years after my 1st gather, I’m still excited by what glass can do and the opportunity to share it with others.  

Glass Vocabulary Word: Murrine 

Tatara Siegel

Artistic Coordinator/ Youth Outreach Coordinator, Glass Blowing Instructor

Started: 2105

I have a B. A. in Glass and Ceramics with a minor in Psychology from The University of Texas at Arlington. I have an M.F.A. in Glass from Rochester Institute of Technology, School for American Craft. My body of work consists of two separate approaches to making, one is designed- based and the other narrative- based. I love finding the balance in making both types of art. 

 Movement, M-o-v-e-m-e-n-t 

Heidi Childers

Administrative Director

Started: 2010

I am a UTA alumna with two bachelor degrees with primary focuses in English, psychology and business management, over 20 years of service industry management experience and have volunteered at SiNaCa Studios from the beginning.  I am the non-glass making, glass groupie that has taken on the challenge of keeping these creatives on track.  I love that I get to find new ways every day to use my education, past experiences and imagination to help shape and grow this organization.    
 

Glass Vocabulary Word:  Marver, m-a-r, v-e-r 
  

Instructors

    Blake Boles

    Glass Blowing Instructor

  • Kagen Dunn

    Glass Blowing Instructor, Kiln Forming Instructor

  • Kelley McCabe

    Glass Blowing Instructor

    Madeline Ortega

    Glass Blowing Instructor

  • Matthew Everett

    Glass Blowing Instructor, Cold Working Instructor

  • Nick Gomez

    Flame Working Instructor

Blake Boles

Glass Blowing Instructor

Started: 2016

In 2017, I obtained my BFA in Glass from the University of Texas at Arlington.   I am a former painter with a fascination in street art.  Currently, I’m interested in sculpting and etching imagery into repurposed glass.

Glass Vocabulary Word: Compatibility

Kagen Dunn

Glass Blowing Instructor, Kiln Forming Instructor

Started: 2017

I started working with glass as an undergraduate student at the University of Texas at Arlington. About half way through my degree, I began teaching at SiNaCa Studios which helped excel me as a student, teacher and artist. I am always eager to continue learning new processes and techniques to continue fueling my artistic career!

Glass Vocabulary Word: Kilncasting

Kelley McCabe

Glass Blowing Instructor

Started: 2012

I am a UTA and Salem CC alumni. I make production glass, vessels, conceptual glass art, and scientific apparatus. I love to help others trouble shoot problems with glass and any other avenue in life.

Glass Vocabulary Word: Mesostompo

Madeline Ortega

Glass Blowing Instructor

Started: 2018

While finishing my fine art degree at UTA, I was hired at SiNaCa and joined the hot shop team. Having a small background in art education, I enjoy fulfilling the mission of SiNaCa to educate the public about glass through hands-on experiences. I love that I get to practice this craft as my profession and hope to grow along with this organization.

 Vocab Word: Tweezers (the small ones)

Matthew Everett

Glass Blowing Instructor, Cold Working Instructor

Started: 2015

Matthew is a UTA alumnus with a bachelor of fine arts with a focus in glass. Matthew has been blowing glass for 13 years. Matthew teaches in the hot shop and cold working studios. 

Glass Vocabulary Word:  Garage

Nick Gomez

Flame Working Instructor

Started: 2014

I am a family man with 2 boys and a wife who is my best friend. I always enjoy spending time with my family and I am also very passionate about making glass and music and practice both daily. I’m grateful to be able to make glass and teach people about glass for a living as well as help support my family using my passion for art.

Glass Vocabulary Word: Punty

Sponsors and Partnerships

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