Ashley McFarland graduated from Bowling Green State University with her MA in experimental psychology and an eclectic knowledge of glassworking techniques. She has worked in glass studios in California, Ohio, and started at the Pittsburgh Glass Center as a part of their technician apprenticeship program in 2009. Most recently she has been working with their Idea Furnace Program teaching other artists how to expand their practices through using glass as a medium.
In January 2020, Ashley started a new adventure in helping to end plastic waste in the city by establishing Reimagined Recycling, a Pittsburgh non-profit specializing in the collection and reproduction of single-use plastics into home goods. Ashley has taught at Pilchuck Glass School and currently still teaches classes and workshops for teens and adults at PGC and hopes to inspire and create more sustainably in the future.