Ed studied architecture and sculpture at Cornell University, the University of California, Berkeley, and the Oskar Kokoschka School in Austria.
He studied glass art at the California College of the Arts in Oakland, as well as at Pilchuck Glass School, The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass, and North Lands Creative Glass in Scotland. His glass and plasma sculptures have been exhibited throughout the world. His work is represented in the Corning Museum's 25 Years of New Glass Review. A piece blown by Mitch LaPlante with plasma work by Ed Kirshner has been selected by the Corning Museum of Glass and published in New Glass Review, 2018 as an important recent acquisition by the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass. Ed’s sculptures are also in such permanent collections as the diRosa Fine Arts Preserve in Napa, CA and the Swiss National Science Center, near Zurich.
Percy Echols II is a Pittsburgh-based Plasma artist and technician. He is behind the most extensive podcast and online educational resource on plasma and neon design- Taming Lightning. Percy’s work at PGC and beyond as well as his dedication to this relatively novel craft is propelling him to be a leader in the field of plasma light art. Echols’ efforts at PGC have put the studio on the map of neon and plasma makers worldwide as one of the few hot glass studios in the country with a plasma-focused neon setup.