GLAS REPRESENTS THE AGGREGATE OF NATE SHEAFFER’S EXPERIENCES as an artist and manufacturer. It is a place where ongoing material experimentation and instruction come together to form art pieces and aesthetic décor. Glas is a teaching facility and gallery, an art factory and personal studio—filled with eye candy available for inspiration and purchase. Glas is a glimpse into neon’s past heyday and a peek into its artistic future; preserving iconic works of advertising while creating new outlets for the medium of illuminated glass tubing.
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Nate Sheaffer

Nate is the father of Glas. His 30+ years as a neon artist has made him dedicated to bolstering the appreciation, knowledge, and manufacturing of American Neon.

After graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill in the late 80’s, Sheaffer was inspired to begin specializing in installations featuring neon lighting. His distinctive style consists of adding colorful neon wording and designs to found objects, sculptures, and canvases.

“…the goal is to draw awareness to ways we all can be more thoughtful in multi-purpose usefulness of the planet’s natural resources” – Nate Sheaffer


Louis St. Lewis

Featured in THE ADVOCATE, ARTNEWS, ARTPAPERS & ARTFORUM as a preeminent artistic talent in the South, Louis St.Lewis has been charming critics and collectors for over 30 years.

Praised by Warhol, Robert Indiana, and Judy Chicago, St.Lewis plays with a multiplicity of repertoires, never sticking to a purity of style, rather letting his academic training and innate talents translate into a vocabulary that is simultaneously witty, shocking and bold.

Pop art provocateur” -The Advocate


Danielle James (DJ)

DJ comes to Glas by way of metalsmithing, art education, and design. She holds an MFA in metals design from ECU and her BFA in Metalsmithing from Millersville University. Glas is her creative home where she is studio coordinator and neon bender. Her current series of neon signs is titled “Signs of the Times: A Single Lady’s Life in Neon” inspired by messages sent to her on various online dating websites.

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Zach Willis

A self described “Uncertified Mad Scientist since 1992” Zach is Glas’s resident borosilicate glass blower and fabricator. He learned his glass working skills during his 5 year tenure at Prism Research Glass in Raleigh, NC and continues to experiment and push the limit of what is possible in glass.

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Sarah Clover

Sarah Clover is an interdisciplinary artist and creative arts educator. She holds a BFA from UNC-Greensboro and an MFA from The Rhode Island School of Design.

Designer and owner of Clover Studio, a jewelry and sculpture studio Sarah has shown in numerous exhibitions and craft shows. She is a member of the Glas Team as the fabrication and installation assistant to Nate Scheaffer with previous experience as an artist assistant to Toots Zynzky in Providence, RI.