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Amber Cowan

Ceramics/Glass MFA, Tyler School of Art and Architecture ’11

“I had a wonderful support system at Tyler and met some of my best friends in the graduate program.”


Amber Cowan pursued her Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics/Glass in the Tyler School of Art and Architecture from 2009 to 2011. She’s now a Philadelphia-based sculptor who uses flamework and other hot-sculpting methods to transform recycled vintage glass into magnificent sculptures. She’s also an adjunct professor at Tyler.

Though she stayed local, Cowan’s reach has extended far beyond Temple and Philadelphia. She’s shown her work in exhibitions at world-renowned institutions like the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco, The Fuller Craft Museum in Massachusetts and Heller Gallery in NYC, and has been featured by American Lifestyle Magazine, O the Oprah Magazine and Harper’s Bazaar. Her work can also be found in the permanent collections at The Corning Museum of Glass, The Toledo Museum of Art, The RISD Museum, The Shanghai Museum of Glass and The Wichita Art Museum.

At Temple, Cowan fondly remembers participating in art shows and setting up exhibitions with her fellow graduate students. She credits her department and Sharyn O’Mara, associate professor and head of the glass program, for supporting her during and after graduate school.