Founder & Former Instructor.
Jesse, a graduate of Massachusetts College of Art and Design, founded NOCA GlassSchool in 2006. He is also the owner of Uppercut Glass. Jesse began blowing glass in 1992, apprenticing to Josh Simpson. From there he worked in a variety of glass shops and production glass factories until he began attending MassArt in 1999. After graduating in 2003 Jesse began working for Marco Weiner, and Andy Magdanz and other NorthEast glassblowers. Seeing a void of good technical instruction Jesse began the NOCA GlassSchool in 2006 after retiring from competitive boxing after completing a 3rd place run in the Golden Gloves.
Head Instructor/ Co-Owner-
Amanda has been blowing glass for 12 years. Having taught at UrbanGlass, The Corning Museum of Glass, Snowfarm, and Diablo Glass School, Amanda has been teaching at NOCA the last 5 years. She has assisted artists such as Bill Gudenrath,Tobias Möhl, Nick Mount, and Andy Magdanz. She has done three live streaming demonstrations for the Corning Museum of Glass, and was on the Pilchuck PoleTurners Union in 2013.
Otom attended MassArt with Jesse and has been his primary glassblowing partner for the last 12 years. He has worked with Charlie Correl, Josh Berbaum, Gale Scott, and Shawn Conroy, among others. He is an excellent glassblower and his quiet easy-going teaching style is well liked among many existing NOCA students.
Dj is a graduate of the Franklin Pierce Glass program. He is an active craftsperson, selling in a variety of shows year round. Drawing from his specialty, Italian Cane processes, he brings a wealth of knowledge and real world experience to the classroom. He is also an excellent, patient teacher, and is well liked by all of his students.