Beth Ann Ballek is a graduate of the Tyler School at Art Temple University, where she received her BFA in Glass Blowing. During her time there, she also traveled extensively throughout Europe and studied at Temple Rome.
In addition to producing her artwork for galleries, private collections, and other venues, Beth teaches regularly at the Banana Factory Community Arts Center in Bethlehem PA. There she teaches adults and children how to blow glass and works closely with a program for at-risk middle school students called B-Smart.
Currently, she is working towards her Masters in Art Education degree at Kutztown University, where she enjoys exploring new ways to teach something she loves: art.
Her work is heavily influenced by gardening and love of nature. The colors that she uses are drawn from the atmosphere that she creates with real plants. Others that have influenced Beth’s work include glass artists Einar de la Torre & Jamex de la Torre, also Paul Marioni.
Beth makes a twisted cup for a competition at the 2011 Glass Art Society Conference in Seattle WA.