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Dramatically curved glass building generates hazardous light reflection

An architectural rendering of 20 Fenchurch street at dusk, with the computer-generated glare of the setting sun. Image appears on the Rafael Viñoly Architects Website.

An architectural rendering of 20 Fenchurch street at dusk, with the computer-generated glare of the setting sun. Image appears on the Rafael Viñoly Architects Website.

A pioneering use of curved glass in the building at 20 Fenchurch Street in London has broken new ground in engineering. The strikingly bold design, which the popular press has dubbed “the Walkie-Talkie” building, has also raised unanticipated problems for Rafael Viñoly Architects. The voluptuous curve of the building facade focuses the lights rays at certain times of the day, creating a high-temperature beam of light that has damaged a parked car. The London Evening Standard recently reported on the hotspot created on Eastcheap Street by the building, which has already been blamed for melting parts of a parked Jaguar, including the wing mirror and Jaguar emblem. Reuters reported that some business owners near the building have experienced sun damage and carpet burns in front of their stores, and a TV crew even fried an egg in the hot spot, which has registered 161 degrees Farenheit. Continue reading

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EXHIBITION: Construction toys inspire new lighting series by Paola Petrobelli

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Paola Petrobelli, 24.2.2. Table Lamp, 2013. Moulded glass, powder coated metal, electrical wiring, braided flex. H 27 1/2, W 17 3/5 in. Edition of 24 plus 2 artist’s proofs. photo: Paola Petrobelli courtesy: Gallery Libby Sellers

Paola Petrobelli, a glass designer who frequently collaborates with glassmakers in Murano, was inspired by toy building blocks for her new series of retro, stackable glass lighting. Now on view through June 13th at Gallery Libby Sellers in London, “24 by Paola Petrobelli” features vibrant, playful works made in Petrobelli’s native Italy; the components of each piece can be rearranged to form 24 different combinations. Continue reading

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Glass Curiosities: Lewis Hine’s child-labor photos document the early 20th-century American glass industry

Lewis Hine, Glass Blower and Mold Boy. Boy has 4 1/2 hours of this at a stretch, then an hour’s rest and 4 1/2 more: cramped position. Day shift one week: night shift next. (see label on photo 162.) Grafton, W. Va. Location: Grafton, West Virginia. 1908 October

Best known for his images of children who worked in other perilous trades—as textile factory workers or oyster shuckers, for example—photographer Lewis Hine took more than 150 photographs of children employed in American glass and bottling factories, a fraction of the roughly 5,000 photographs he took to document working and living conditions for the National Child Labor Committee. Continue reading

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DVD REVIEW: Casting Glass with Daniel Clayman

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The Corning Museum of Glass

Daniel Clayman, who is known for geometric, minimalist sculptures cast in glass, is the subject of the latest documentary short in the “Master Class Series” produced by The Corning Museum of Glass. Casting Glass with Daniel Clayman follows the artist and his team through each step of kiln-casting with glass. Focusing on the creation of two large-scale pieces—one from his amphora project and Aspen Spire, an austere work Clayman calls a “physical manifestation of a beam of light”—Clayman provides a visual play-by-play of the labor-intensive processes behind his art, discussing modeling, rapid prototyping, and various wax techniques. Highly informative and instructional, Casting Glass with Daniel Clayman will benefit those interested in kiln-casting processes, particularly students and artists. Continue reading

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Corning contributes images and information on a thousand works in glass to the Google Art Project

A screenshot of the Corning Museum of Glass's page for the Google Art Project. courtesy: corning museum of glass

A screenshot of the Corning Museum of Glass’s page for the Google Art Project. courtesy: corning museum of glass

The Google Art Project now includes 1,000 artwork images from The Corning Museum of Glass, making it the first institution focused on glass to join the website, which has expanded in the past two years to encompass more than 30,000 images from 150 institutions located in 40 countries. Corning’s additions to the site include artifacts, factory glass, decorative arts, fine art, and contemporary works executed in glass. The purpose of the Google Art Project, according to the site, is to make artwork from around the world accessible. “Few people will ever be lucky enough to be able to visit every museum or see every work of art they’re interested in,” reads the FAQ. “Using a combination of various Google technologies and expert information provided by our museum partners, we have created a unique online art experience.”

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OPENING: Eunsuh Choi caps residency with an exhibition of her flameworked installations at Pittsburgh Glass Center

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Eunsuh Choi, The Convergence of Barrier IV, 2012. Flameworked, borosilicate glass, sand-blasted. H 36, W 18, D 5 in. courtesy: pittsburgh glass center

Eunsuh Choi’s latest exhibition features 15 intricate and serene flameworked objects created during her recent residency at the Pittsburgh Glass Center. On view February 1 through June 16 in the Hodge Gallery, the exhibition entitled “Consciousness” aims to explore how to convey emotion and human ambitions through delicate and organic sculptural forms. Continue reading

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OPENING: Craft materials featured in art jewelry exhibit at Claire Oliver Gallery in New York City

Charlotte Potter, The Weight of Lost Friendship (back). Hand-engraved glass, sterling silver, metal, wax, chains. courtesy: claire oliver gallery

“Beyond Bling: The Artist as Jeweler,” which opens at Claire Oliver Gallery tonight, will showcase unique and limited edition necklaces, bracelets, rings, and pins created specifically for the exhibition by more than 30 artists, a number of whom use glass. Pieces by Charlotte Potter, Beth Lipman, Martin C. Herbst, and Andrew Erdos showcase the material, while others use materials as varied as paint, collage, stoneware, and rapid prototyping. Perhaps the strangest material used in the show appears in Bernardi Roig’s Jewel, a ring with a stone made of an art critic’s cholesterol biliary vesicles.

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