The Vetro team is a collection of highly-skilled glass artists and customer-service driven gallery personnel. Their passion for the art of glassblowing is what makes the working studio and gallery alive with energy and endless creativity.
David Gappa – Founder, Glassblower
A native Texan, born in Fort Hood and raised in Fort Worth, Gappa discovered and embraced his love of art from a very early age, spending countless hours exploring his creative talents and honing his skills in numerous artistic mediums … painting, sculpting, sketching, and drawing to name just a few. As a young adult, he spent over a year in Europe studying these various mediums of art and a significant amount of time in Murano, Italy with the glass artisans.
Gappa earned a Masters of Science in Architecture from the University of Texas at Arlington, graduating Salutatorian of his class. During his studies at UT, he embarked on his passion for glassblowing while assisting with the founding of the university’s glassblowing program and participating in the glassblowing elective for two years. Thus began his vision of opening Vetro Glassblowing Studio, which came to fruition in May of 1999. Since then, Gappa has continued learning through intense workshops, conventions, traveling artisans, private study and directly from the masters themselves including Martin Janecky, Ross Richmond, Afro Celotto of Italy and Kenji Ito of Japan.It is through his continuous studies, the building of relationships with artists, the exploration of design, the growth and development of his team, the creation of his art and the presentation of that art to the public that Gappa strives to serve others. It seems that the closer he comes to achieving this calling, the more there is to accomplish.
Shannon Shumate – Gallery Manager
Shannon is the ray of sunshine that warms the heart of every person who walks through the doors of Vetro’s gallery. Everything she does and says carries with it a contagious enthusiasm. Shannon joined the Vetro team in 2005 bringing with her a Bachelors of Fine Arts with an emphasis in sculpture. That, combined with her past retail experience and natural desire to devote 110% of herself to every person she meets, results in exceptional customer service and satisfaction.
Lindsey’s is a creative existent artist at heart! Lindsey has held the Gallery Manager & Social Marketing positions since 2015. Lindsey has continued to work as a Photographer (lindseybarkerphotography.com) and Glass Artist along with her full-time career at Vetro. Her art work has been defined as: “Fearless, Expanding, Emotional, and Storytelling”… Lindsey’s current body of work represents her exploration of new colors, surfaces, heat, form, and imagery. These pieces express her interest in both properties of glass and photography and her relationship with the internal body. Graduating from the University of Texas at Arlington with degrees in Fine Art Photography & Fine Art Glass and Business Marketing she is the perfect fit for Vetro’s Team!
Spencer Crouch – Glassblower
Spencer is an emerging artist who found glass mid-way through life. In 2008 he visited his father, who had been blowing glass as a hobby, and immediately began his pursuit to learn more. Spencer had been teaching skiing and snowboard to people with disabilities for over 10 years and was reluctant to leave such a fun and rewarding ‘job’. Switching careers mid-life is challenging and after several intensive courses at Pilchuck Glass School outside of Seattle it was time to go for it. He traveled from the pacific northwest to the east coast and began blowing glass for Simon Pearce. After about a year of production glass blowing it was time to get back to the studio and cultivate the creative fire within. Still looking for a mentor and more experience, he returned to Boulder and started blowing glass out of a local studio. Still wanting more he eventually found Vetro Art Glass in July of 2013.
Christian Greene – Glassblower
Christian Graduated from UT Arlington in 2015 with a bachelors of fine arts in glass. Since discovering glass as an artistic medium, he has attended workshops with many visiting artists and taken several in-depth courses at Pilchuck Glass School outside of Seattle. Christian has also had formal training in illustration and painting. He continues to experiment with metals, clay, and music in his art. As a new member of the Vetro team, Christian is looking forward to learning, improving, and contributing his strengths to Vetro Art Glass.
Kelsey White – Gallery Assistant & Event Coordinator
Kelsey is the newest member of the Vetro team. She graduated from the University of North Texas in 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education. Kelsey is passionate about creating artworks through painting, weaving, and photography. Recently she has found an interest in fused glass art work and making glass jewelry. Kelsey brings her fun and colorful energy and applies that to assisting in the gallery.
Lou Romano – Assistant Glassblower
Lou first began his glassblowing experience with a class at Vetro, back in 2008, and was hooked. He has always had a passion for the arts, & his hobbies have included painting and ceramics and now glassblowing is his art of choice.Lou has been employed with a major stone company for 29 years. He enjoys the operation side of his job, and travels quite a bit.He has continued his glassblowing education, through workshops at Corning Museum of Art and Portland…and currently private study with Aaron Tate, a Vetro visiting artist in Dallas. Lou really enjoys his time at Vetro, when he is able to blow glass and assist at all of Vetro’s special events. He is also the mastermind behind the ‘Vetro Wave’ and original ornament juggler!