Artist Bio


Samuel Spees is an artist, designer, and craftsman from Dayton Ohio. While pursuing football at Centre College, he was drawn to the process of glassmaking, which became his new favorite ‘sport.’ His practice embodies the mental process and physical techniques of glassmaking to create work that is playful, experimental, and technical. In this way Sam makes vessels, lighting, and sculpture attempting to bridge gaps between concept, design, and function. Mr. Spees graduated from Centre College with a BA in Studio Art in 2016.


Throughout college and since, Stephen Rolfe Powell has had a huge impact on him as a professor, employer, and mentor. In addition, Sam spent time working at both the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio and the Pittsburgh Glass Center where he gained knowledge of running and maintaining a public glass facility. These opportunities led him to meet and work with a variety of glass artist’s and designers including DH McNabb and Tom Rowney. Sam has been both a scholarship student and a teaching assistant at Penland School of Crafts. Currently, he resides in the Spruce Pine area working for Penland Resident Artist, Nate Cotterman as well as creating his own work.


Mr. Spees has exhibited work nationally, including Pennsylvania, New York, Virgina, and North Carolina.