BCGC Instructors

Abby Gitlitz

Abby Gitlitz is a glass artist working with blown glass, stained glass, cast glass as well as painting on glass. She has been working in glass since the late 1980s when she first discovered stained glass in high school.  In 1997 she began to blow glass and has worked primarily with hot glass ever since. 

She founded the Bloomington Creative Glass Center in 2012. In addition, she has taught glass classes at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, IL, Delgado Community College, LA, Wet Dog Glass, LA, and Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington.

Anne Brahaum

Anne Brahaum started her teaching career in Bloomington in 1999.  She graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor's degree in Special Education and a minor in Outdoor Recreation.  Since her career began in 1999, Anne has taught Special Education in Monroe County and Brown County to preschoolers through high school graduates in a Self-Contained setting, Inclusion Teacher, Resource Room Teacher, and Home-bound Instructor for students too ill or with severe needs that could not be met in the public school setting.  
In addition to almost 15 years as a Special Educator, Anne has taught as a Literacy Coach, in Staff Development, and most recently as an Visual Arts instructor.  

Anne has been working with glass since high school.  She learned how to do stained glass at Bloomington HS North and used glass as her art therapy to help cope with the demands of being a Special Educator.  After her third child was born, Anne started learning how to do fused glass and found herself teaching less and less and doing glass more and more.  She then took a break from teaching to start her glass business, Brown County Glassworks.  Anne has now found a way to marry her 2 passions- art and teaching-  by working in her home studio for her business in the morning, teaching elementary and intermediate art in the afternoon, and teaching glass classes at the Bloomington Creative Glass Center evenings or weekends.  When Anne isn't busy working or being a mom taxi, she likes to run, hike, garden, read and travel.

Michal Ann Carley

After earning her MA and MFA degrees at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, Michal Ann Carley was Curator of Art at the UWM Art Museum and Director of the NML Galleries and a professor of art and art history at Cardinal Stritch University in Wisconsin. While a painter for decades, she shifted to kilnformed and torchworked artglass in 2001 and began blacksmithing and sculpting in iron in 2009. Recently she relocated to Bloomington, IN where she and her partner maintain forging and fabrication, glass, woodworking, and teaching studios at Luna Song Designs.