Funari began her career in glass in 2004 at a family owned glass blowing studio in San Antonio's vibrant Southtown Arts District. Gaining the full experience of the day-to-day operation of production glass blowing, Funari learned the ropes as gaffer's assistant and hot shop technician to production manager and cold shop tech. From 2008-2010 she studied glass blowing at the Appalachian Center for Craft in Smithville, TN. The opportunity to live and learn among other artists and mediums in a craft focused environment enabled Funari to expand on process and design. From 2011-2015 Funari owned and operated East Side Glass Studio in Austin, TX where she enriched her experience with glass by instructing public workshops, hosting glass blowing demo events and creating an upcycled glass product line. Currently, Shara is a co-founder, resident artist and instructor at Ghost Pepper Glass in Austin, TX.