Amy Rueffert is an independent glass artist residing in Urbana, IL. She earned a B.F.A. from Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. Since then, she has pursued independent studies at Ohio State University, Pilchuck Glass School, and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts as a scholarship student and a Teaching Assistant. Her educational pursuits have also taken her to Sweden, where she researched factory glassmaking on a grant awarded by the Swedish Embassy in New York City.
In 2008, Rueffert was an Artist-in-Residence at The Studio and shared her Residency with Kait Rhoads. Respected artists whose individual works are in the collections of The Corning Museum of Glass and other major museums, Rueffert and Rhoads also have collaborated on many projects. They used their Residency to explore similar techniques together and apply them to their own individual bodies of work. Collaborative artwork is not the object of the Residency, but rather a collaborative effort towards a similar goal. Rhoads and Rueffert used traditional glassblowing techniques to create contemporary sculpture. Their focus was “to develop and refine techniques of laying multiple patterns and imagery in glass.”
In her September 2013 Instructor Collaborative Residency, Rueffert will work alongside Carmen Lozar and Jennifer Umphress to explore flameworking techniques. She plans to work on techniques for incorporating low fire decals for ceramics and borosilicate glass. “I want to be immersed in an environment with experienced flameworkers to watch them work, continue to develop skill and find my voice within the material,” says Rueffert.