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.
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.
Teachers Assistant /Teacher-
Specializing in our weekend workshops, Amanda brings her exceptional teaching skills to the novice glassblower/student.
Having taught classes at Corning in New York, she brings a calm understanding the the new students.