Owner and Artist
Malcom Potek has been working in glass since 1991. He works primarily in kiln cast assembly and cold-work. Malcom, an experienced torchworker, creates custom canes for inclusion in his kiln work as well. A teacher for twenty plus years Malcom leads workshops throughout the United States as well as in the shop and privately. With his experience he develops curriculum both for public art projects and as part of the Potekglass Curriculum.
Kara van Wyk has been drawing since she could hold a pencil. She studied visual art at St. Olaf college, graduating with a visual art major and a license to teach K-12 visual art as well. When she met Malcom 20 years ago, her future mother-in-law gave her some high-firing glass paints and encouraged her to step into the glass medium with her painting skills. Now she has explored high-fired inclusions, low-fired paints, kiln-forming, and has recently made a foray into casting glass. She is a "maker" at heart, happy to commune with numerous media to put well-crafted objects into the world.
I was raised learning art and crafts in an artistic family. In 2002 I fell in love with lampwork beads. I started teaching beadmaking, wire working, glass fusing, enameling, and other jewelry-making techniques in 2004. I went to graduate school and became a licensed teacher in 2007, became a mom in 2009, and have been a full-time jewelry-metal-glass artist, studio teacher, and mom since. Some of my favorite lampworking classes have been with Trey Cornette, Michal Silberberg, and Holly Cooper. My favorite part of teaching is watching the process of discovery and the amazement people feel when they realize what they can do, and the wide-ranging knowledge they take home.
Devin markets our education offerings to perspective students and works to keep the studio humming. Devin enjoys experimenting in the medium of glass, which he first began learning through Potekglass courses. Right now he is building his skills in borosilicate sculpture and colors.
Devin comes to Potekglass with over a decade of administration and marketing experience at organizations ranging from an internet startup, an international non-profit, a graduate school, and a high-powered boutique real estate firm. He ran for Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board commissioner in 2017 and continues to stay involved in Minneapolis politics.