WHAT WE DO
We work with women and men of all ages and abilities who have lost themselves
in the demands of everyday life and want to be creative again,
but feel uncertain about how or where to start.
They're looking for space to work, opportunities to connect with others,
and meaningful ways to meet their need to create.
We provide those things as well as the materials and tools,
then modify the ways art is taught to meet their needs.
Olivia Vavroch is an educator and artist.
Midway through a degree in Costume Design, Olivia volunteered with the Red Cross to coordinate assistance in NYC for those who lost incomes and homes as a result of 9/11. Shortly after, in 2002, she become an Americorps volunteer in East Harlem. She tutored, taught ESL classes, and coordinated classes and trips for children and grandparent caregivers.
In 2005, Olivia completed her B.A. in Political Science and traveled abroad for three months. She earned her TEFL Certification in Barcelona, and fell in love with stained glass, the Art Nouveau movement, and teaching. In 2011, she completed a Dual Master's Degree in Elementary and Special Education.
Olivia took her first stained glass class from Michel L'Huillier in 2012, and established Vavroch Glass that same year. She moved to Portland, OR, in 2014.
After noticing that applying an inquiry-based approach in her classrooms led to her students' increased confidence in their own abilities to apply their own knowledge and skills in academics and in art, Olivia began applying this approach in her studio's glass classes in 2016.
When applying this same curiosity-based approach to her own work as a stained glass artist, Olivia began experimenting with other mediums, including paints, alcohol-based inks, and collage and finally overcame a ten-year artist's block.
In 2018, Olivia began teaching art at Sauvie Island School where she teaches children grades K - 8. She teaches classes in her studio in evenings and on weekends.
WHO are Roland and jake?
Roland, a Miniature Schnauzer-Terrier mix, and Jake, an Australian Shepherd, often frequent the Vavroch Glass studio and the adjoining backyard. Roland enjoys wrestling with Jake, often showing off his signature move of trying to kick Jake with his tiny back legs. Jake has developed his own signature moves while wrestling with Roland, including rolling over on his back and walking away.