Our Staff and Regular Contributors

Maureen James – Publisher

Maureen has been involved in the glass industry as a publisher since 1985 when she became cofounder and managing editor of Glass Patterns Quarterly. This quality, tutorial-based periodical has an international readership in over eighteen countries. Maureen’s desire to provide a vital business resource for glass professionals later led to the birth of Profitable Glass Quarterly (later merged with Glass Art). She is currently publisher of Glass Patterns, Glass Art, and The Flow publications. She has also served on the board of the International Art Glass Suppliers Association and in 2012 received the Lifetime Achievement Award from this organization. Maureen also served as a board member of the KBW Educational Foundation. Maureen is an active and voting member of ISGB, GAS, SGAA, and ASGS. Until 2020 she and her staff managed the demonstration stage that runs throughout the Glass Craft & Bead Expo each year in Las Vegas, Nevada, and currently judges the Gallery of Excellence. She has been influential in bringing glass education to the masses and is thrilled to be working with the various organizations serving in this capacity. Maureen is also a co-host for the Glass Expert Webinars in which the best and most sought after instructors in the industry share their unique techniques to an audience all over the world via a live webinar.

Angie Rodgers – Associate Editor

Angie has enjoyed a lifelong obsession with glass art. When the opportunity to learn hot glass arose in 2008, she took her first lesson and never looked back. She became known for her ocean-style beads, earning high praise from top artists like Corina Tettinger, who used those ocean beads as an example to strive for. Angie also has an obsession with books and had always dreamed of being a writer and editor, so naturally she pursued—and completed—an education in both editing and professional/technical writing. The Flow offered her the position of copy editor and writer, which she accepted immediately, and she has been thriving as a member of an effective, incredible team. She has since accepted a role as Associate Editor of The Flow and Glass Patterns Quarterly magazine. 

Dave Burnett – Production Manager

Dave enjoys watching the issues of The Flow come together as he works on laying out articles, advertisements, and the various sections devoted to new products. He likes to stay one step ahead of the schedule to ensure that we have materials that are adequate and on time. He keeps all of the stages of magazine production flowing before moving on to the website updates. He is also on the e-mail team and produces most of the images that you see on our website. Dave has a methodical approach to his work and with all the various formats that need to be delivered, he is able to do the same thing, the same way every time. Dave was part owner of an art gallery where he was involved in various art shows, and he designed and has constructed stained glass projects for Glass Patterns Quarterly. Everyone who works with Dave loves and appreciates his easygoing style and positive attitude, and his jovial nature is definitely a stress reducer in a deadline-oriented workplace.

Mark Waterbury – Art Director

Mark translates his vast talent and experience in the world of glass art into remarkable article and ad layouts for The Flow. He also lends his eye for color and light to Glass Patterns Quarterly as a stained glass design artist. His firsthand knowledge and insight into running a stained glass retail store was instrumental in the early years of GPQ. He creates most of the graphics that appear in our publications as well as on our website. Mark’s honest and forthright assessment ability allows Mark to produce layouts that are clean and interesting for articles and has allowed him to build successful ads for several advertisers of The Flow. If you need a fresh ad message, consider using Mark to design your next ad.

Kathy Gentry – Circulation Manager

Kathy has worked with the company since the inception of its sister publication, Glass Patterns Quarterly, and is the company's longest serving employee. Her experience and knowledge of the department allows Kathy to provide excellent customer service. She is responsible for maintaining the ever-increasing database of The Flow subscribers, distributors, and advertisers and also manages monthly updates and reports for the publications as well as for our website www.theflowmagazine.com. In addition, she manages the renewal series in circulation, which includes both USPS and e-mail renewal efforts, and oversees all subscription efforts and new trials. Kathy also ensures that the paperwork and lists are at the printer and mailing house on schedule and has helped to bring a twenty-five year, on-time, non-interrupted record to the three titles that she manages.

Rhonda Sewell – Accountant

Rhonda is involved in all aspects of accounting including accounts payable and receivable, tax records, and quarterly reports. Her ten years of experience with a CPA firm and nine years as an elementary school bookkeeper help her to further enhance the excellent customer service she provides to the clients of The Flow. She has been instrumental in bringing efficiency in the accounting offices at our headquarters, utilizing the latest software to streamline tasks. She has also led the implementation of the Safety and Privacy policy that exists at the publication's headquarters in the handling of customer and client information. Her professionalism and insight into accounting make Rhonda a valued asset for our publications. She makes accounting look so easy, and for those of you who talk to Rhonda, you'll always hear a soft, supportive voice to help you.

Joe Samuelson III

Joe Samuelson III is a writer, flame worker, husband, and grateful father. Formerly an expat for the better part of the last two decades, Joe and his family now live in Buffalo NY. A Borosilicate lampworker for more than 20 years, he enjoys taking his own functional glass styles and collaborating with artists who have unique aesthetics. In addition to functional work, he produces a wide variety of both lampworked and fused glass. For more than a decade Joe has been an avid collector and creator in the murrine community. In addition to content and profile writing for Glass Art and The Flow magazines, Joe own’s Standard i’s LLC, an endeavor focused on writing policy for the legal Cannabis industry in New York State and across the country. 

Marcie Davis

Marcie Davis has been involved in glass art education since 1985. She began producing hot glass videos in 1997, after 15 years of flameworking in local schools. She's worked with Northstar Glass, Bethlehem Burners, and has written for many glass magazines. Currently she distributes Lauscha hand-pulled glass rods and imports handblown German Christmas ornaments. Her podcast series, Glasscaster, brings inspiring interviews to the glass community. You can listen to them at firelady.com and on iTunes. Marcie was instrumental in the development of our Glass Expert Webinar Series, which bring video and education full circle, so now art glass techniques are being shared, this time on a global scale. 

Sara Sally LaGrand

Sara Sally LaGrand, award-winning artist and author, started her journey in life as a broadcaster and journalism major. After a 30-year career in radio and newspaper, she began to wander into the creativity of the art world once she realized she could no longer be grounded by her mother for doing so. However, she has never lost her love for words. LaGrand has had the great fortune to study glass with many gifted teachers both in America and Italy and holds a BA in Glass Formation from Park University in Parkville, Missouri. She has been writing feature articles and interviewing her fellow artists for both The Flow and Glass Art magazines since 2014, making it the perfect combination for LaGrand of both reporting and art.

Jennifer Menzies – Founding Editor

Jennifer and then husband Wil released the first issue of The Flow in November 2001 at the Albuquerque Flame-Off and have embraced all forms of lampworking, including pipes, from the very beginning. Jennifer and Wil were dedicated to making The Flow a success but also needed to keep up with their glass business, which was more than a full-time job. They found it difficult to continue their publishing responsibilities alone and decided that it was time to enter into a partnership with Steven and Maureen James, who were already publishing Glass Patterns Quarterly and at that time Profitable Glass Quarterly. Jennifer still makes flameworked glass art. She also continues to establish and maintain relationships with the many glass artists who contribute to The Flow, making it a fabulous resource for the flameworking community.

William “Boxfan” Menzies – Founding Editor

Wil discovered glass in 1998 when he encountered Bob and Marie Snodgrass in Eugene, Oregon. He found his expression in the art of the marble, creating orbs of up to four inches in diameter. Wil’s more recent work incorporates blown glass elements with sculpture, and he uses the incalmo technique of merging separate blown vessels with powders and Graal. He is ever passionate about flameworking and has taught workshops around the nation, including at the Eugene Glass School, as well as in his Texas studio. His work can be found in the collections of Dale Chihuly, the National Marble Museum, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Pepsi Corporation, and the Walmart Corporation. As one of the founding editors of The Flow, Wil sought for a way to provide a bond among members of the lampworking community. That has been accomplished by developing relationships with the finest artists and sharing their techniques with readers of The Flow through in-depth, step-by-step tutorials.