AHG Instructors


Bruce Barnes (stained glass)

Bruce has been a professional educator since becoming a high school science teacher in 1975.  Along the way, he founded Fantasy Glass in 1987 and his hobby became a successful business. His art  studio steadily grew and prospered for 25 years and came to include glass etching and beveling for various clients including homeowners, designers and builders.

Bruce’s passion for working with glass is based on his continuing fascination with its nature and the emphasis on detail and precision inherent in glass projects..

Bruce is now retired but  still enjoys teaching in association with the Artisans Heritage Guild well as creating occasional custom and commission pieces.

Deborah Hennig (needle crafts)

Debbie has been quilting for over 20 years. The needle arts are her true love as she is also accomplished in crochet, hand embroidery and spinning, She loves working with beginners because they are always so surprised at how easy and relaxing these hobbies can be.

Clark Maxwell (floor art)

Clark is a retired corporate trainer/kitchen designer/architectural draftsman. He has a B.S. degree in Studio Arts from University of Pittsburgh and Graduate work from Carnegie Mellon University school of Architecture. He is currently working mostly on creative floor coverings mixing painting and unique usage of building materials to create long lasting and useful “Floor Paintings”


Tina Persons (jewelry)

Tina grew up in Hawaii and spent summers in Colorado. She lives in downtown Newnan, Georgia. She works in acrylics and paint, both realism and folk art. Her mother is a wonderful artist and so she grew up with a love of art and crafts of all kinds. As a child we spent weekends making candles, pottery and of course painting and drawing. Her senior year in high school she had a wonderful teacher, Mrs. King, who made her love art even more. After high school she took every art class she could in college, including Painting, Pottery and Sculpting. She has never stopped loving art. She is a member of the art association, photography club and a knitting group.

Her philosophy is that anyone can be an artist. She thinks art is an expression of who you are and what you feel. The most wonderful thing about art is there is really no wrong way to express yourself in art, so there is no wrong art. No one should measure themselves against anyone else only against what they want to accomplish and getting better at doing that.

Michael Sebacher (metal working)

Michael has been teaching in some capacity 25 years. He works primarily in steel and  glass and believes they complement one another very well. Although he keeps and honors the functional nature of traditional metalworking, he continues to explore the ability of metals to convey human emotion and the expression of ideas.  He’s drawn to the permanence and historical significance of steel. In working with it, he gains respect and appreciation for those who first fused iron with carbon using heat, sweat, and tenacity. After seven years working to restore the ornate steel treasures adorning historical structures in Savannah, his studio is now located in Sharpsburg, Georgia.


Ann Lynn Whiteside (weaving)

Ann Lynn has been passing on knowledge her hard-won to others for over 25 years. She loves the history of weaving and the influence it’s had in shaping human culture. She’s passionate about the characteristics ofwoven material and loves to explore it’s structure, color and texture. She feels a strong connection to weaversof the past and started a very popular annual exhibition portraying traditional weaving and weavers featured ata local Renaissance Festival. Her exhibit draws hundreds of visitors each year. Ann Lynn has taught at GeorgiaFiber Festival, Kentucky Fiber Fest, Southeastern Animal and Fiber Festival, John C Campbell Folk School,and Camp Mikell Folk School. She conducts regular classes at her studio in Newnan, Georgia.