With the ceremonial breaking of a glass ribbon, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg officially reopened the expanded and improved UrbanGlass facility in Downtown Brooklyn on the morning of Wednesday, October 2, 2013. A large crowd of friends and supporters of UrbanGlass (and its neighbor BRIC Arts) gathered on a windy fall morning to hear the mayor, Brooklyn Borough president Marty Markowitz, and other elected officials talk about the transformative power of the arts. The former Strand Theater building that has housed UrbanGlass since the early 1990s, has undergone a two-year, multi-million dollar renovation that has upgraded and expanded the facilities, gallery, and retail spaces. Continue reading
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On December 6th and 7th, a unique academic symposium will bring the world of glass instructors, professors, and program administrators to Brooklyn, New York, for a two-day discussion of the most pressing issues in the field. A review panel made up of Dan Clayman, sculptor; Jack Wax of the Craft/Material Studies Dept at The Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts; Ruth King, artistic director emeritus of Pilchuck; Robert Minkoff, managing trustee of the Robert M. Minkoff Foundation; and Andrew Page, foundation director, selected from the many responses to a Call for Papers. (Disclosure: The GLASS Quarterly Hot Sheet is published by UrbanGlass, which is hosting the symposium, and edited by Andrew Page, who also serves as the director of the Minkoff Foundation). The resulting program brings together the new guard of glass academics who are taking over glass programs around the U.S., as well as their more established counterparts at some of the leading universities. In addition, the program will feature top administrators of non-accredited institutions such as Pilchuck, Penland, and UrbanGlass who will appear on a special panel to examine their relationship to degree-granting institutions. The program will be a mix of auditorium lectures and what are being billed as “studio lectures,” presentations taking place in the UrbanGlass studio that may make use of the newly renovated facilities to share practical techniques of teaching. Continue reading
On October 2nd at Seattle’s Project Room, American glass artist Paul Marioni will appear for a discussion of his 1972 film Hole , which will be screened later that evening at Seattle’s Northwest Film Forum as part of its ongoing “How is Seattle Remembered?” series. Interviewed on the Smithsonian Archives of American Art, Marioni described the film:
“It’s a pseudo-documentary about a man obsessed with holes. It’s 20 minutes long, and I shot it in 16-millimeter, and anybody that knows me would know it’s a pseudo-documentary. But it appears to be a documentary about a man obsessed with holes. And it’s, I hope, funny and I hope intelligent and obviously well enough to have won several prizes, and got branded and shown a lot. By the time that happened, I was totally sucked into making – working with glass.” Continue reading
Outstanding works donated by Dale Chihuly, Lino Tagliapietra, Preston Singletary, Dante Marioni, Ben Moore for sale to generate funding. The latest Pilchuck benefit? Not this time. Taking a page from the successful benefit auctions by nonprofit arts organizations around the country, some of the top glass artists have handed over top-flight works to raise money for one of their own. Paul Cunningham, a fixture on the Seattle glass scene for three decades, and his wife, Kate Thorbeck, herself a glassblower for 10 years before starting a beauty products business, have a 2-year-old boy named Finn who was diagnosed with leukemia in February 2013. His treatment at one of the best children’s hospitals in the country, Seattle Children’s Hospital, is proceeding well, but the multiple visits per week and increased childcare demands have taken a toll on the family’s finances. In fact, Cunningham has put his glass career on hold for more steady income and health insurance as a carpenter. Witnessing the financial challenges cancer treatment can impose, the close-knit Seattle glass community has rallied around the family and come up with an extraordinary benefit called “Help Finn Win” that will be held at the Chihuly Boathouse on September 19th, with 100-percent of the proceeds going directly to the Cunningham/Thorbeck family. Continue reading
To celebrate the October 2013 reopening of its facility in Brooklyn, UrbanGlass invited sculptor Katherine Gray to commemorate the event with an installation artwork. (Disclosure: The GLASS Quarterly Hot Sheet is published by UrbanGlass.) In a nod to her 2009 installation Forest Glass that debuted at Los Angeles’ Acuna-Hansen Gallery to positive reviews from the Los Angeles Times, Gray is modifying the original concept for her latest project. The new work, A Tree Grows (referencing the Betty Smith classic novel A Tree Grows in Brooklyn) seeks to capture the spirit of UrbanGlass, an organization that has served the glass art community for over 40 years.
For this project, Gray is inviting public participation, soliciting donated glasses out of which the piece will be constructed. “Overcoming dire circumstances and obstacles in life to become something greater: that’s what UrbanGlass is doing,” Gray told the GLASS Quarterly Hot Sheet in a telephone interview. To her, the resilience of a tree was the most accurate representation of the significance of the organization’s move. Continue reading
This weekend, the late Jonathan Christie‘s father, David Christie, and closest friend, James Mongrain, will begin posting information on Facebook about a memorial service being billed as a “Celebration of Jon’s Life.” The event will take place from 11 AM to 2 PM on October 20, 2013 at Dale Chihuly’s Boathouse on Union Lake, Seattle. Continue reading
Pop Up! Edinburgh, a UK-based nonprofit arts group, is currently displaying its first exhibit, entitled “Grow!” which runs through Sunday, August 25th. Though the organization originally started as master’s coursework for graduate students at the the Edinburgh College of Art, it has quickly developed into a creative organization and curated its first of hopefully many public exhibitions. An experienced team including Alison McConache, former head of the Edinburgh College of Art’s glass department, and Elinor Gallant, the exhibitions manager of the Royal Botanical Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) curated the series, which features glass works from 15 international artists. The project owes an unacknowledged debt to Dale Chihuly who pioneered the synergy between botanical gardens and glass beginning with his 2002 exhibition entitled A Garden of Glass in Chicago’s Garfield Park Conservatory. Since then, Chihuly’s glass works have inhabited botanical gardens from New York to Missouri, and is on permanent display at Chihuly Garden and Glass, which opened in 2012 in Seattle. “Chihuly in the Garden,” the latest installment in his garden series, will debut in November at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix and will run through May of 2014.
Erich Woll‘s first solo exhibition, entitled “When Things Go South,” will open on September 10, 2013 at Winston Wachter Fine Art in Seattle. The exhibition features six of Woll’s newest pieces, many of which are conceptual embodiments of aphorisms, or sayings. The show title itself serves as a thematic umbrella of various riffs on the idea of “when things go wrong.” In fact, the title is mildly subversive. “My first solo exhibition is titled in part ‘when things go wrong’ when things are actually going well [for me],” said Woll in a telephone interview with the GLASS Quarterly Hot Sheet.
A memorial service for the late Connie Parriott (1954 – 2013) will be held on Sunday, July 28, 2013, at the family’s Whidbey Island property. The 2 PM event taking place in Coupeville, Washington, has a black-and-white dress code, and those who knew Connie and the family are encouraged to attend. During the service, her ashes mixed with wildflower seeds will be spread along paths and in gardens. Continue reading
On September 7, 2013, the Glass Studio at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario will host an open-studio event. Titled “Glass Gathering 2013,” the event means to connect current students with alumni and other glass enthusiasts in order to promote greater interaction between them. Occurring at the start of the academic year, the event intends to spark excitement within the studio and start a new annual tradition. Continue reading
At 7 PM this evening, the Creative Glass Studio of the New Orleans nonprofit Young Aspirations|Young Artists (YAYA) will hold a second “Brass and Glass” benefit event, this time sponsored by the Jazz Foundation of America. Expanded from last year’s inaugural event, tonight’s festivities will ring out with a distinctive New Orleans spirit as hot glass demonstrations will be accompanied by traditional jazz performances by local marching bands Treme Brass Band and The Hot 8 Brass Band. A new addition to the event will be a “Goblet Grab,” in which attendees choose from an array of hand-blown cups that they may then refill with drinks throughout the evening.
Although The Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston sent out an email announcement that June 1st would be the deadline for registration for some special events at GLASSBoston, there is still time to sign up to attend the demos, lectures, tours, and dinner gatherings. One of the GLASSBoston organizers Peter Houk tells the GLASS Quarterly Hot Sheet that they will be accepting registrations right up to the conference, though they prefer advance registration to help with planning. With over 100 already registered, the event promises to be an impressive four-day, mostly regional gathering of glass artists that was organized after the official 2013 Glass Art Society conference was cancelled.
At 8 PM Friday evening, May 10th, the Rochester Contemporary Art Center will be the setting for the debut of an inter-disciplinary performance that will blend fire, live and electronic percussion, and real-time glassblowing at the torch. Percussionists Peter Ferry and Adam Maalouf of The Eastman School of Music will perform using newly invented glass instruments created by Carrie Fertig, who is currently the artist in residence at Rochester Institute of Technology. The live performance, entitled “Flames and Frequencies,” will include electronic music from recorded glass instruments by Alistair MacDonald of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, as well as music made with audience participation. Continue reading
GlassWeekend, a biennial event at WheatonArts in Millville, New Jersey, that raises funds for The Creative Glass Center of America Fellowship Program at WheatonArts, is gearing up for its 2013 edition on June 7th, 8th, and 9th. The three-day event that draws some of the field’s biggest artists and collectors to this important outpost of glass will feature exhibitions, lectures, hands-on glassmaking, demonstrations and opportunities to socialize in an informal setting, just 45 minutes from Philadelphia. In the 30 years since its founding, the CGCA has awarded 340 fellowships to emerging and mid-career artists, from the U.S. and 26 other countries, and it remains a life- and career-changing experience for those artists selected for this unique opportunity to experiment and develop work within a supportive and collaborative environment. Judith Schaechter will deliver the event’s keynote address, and Beth Lipman, Davide Salvadore, and Hiroshi Yamano are the star glass artists who will pack the attendees into the CGCA’s studio for demonstrations. Continue reading
Pier Glass, whose devastating experience of Hurricane Sandy was documented in detail on the GLASS Quarterly Hot Sheet last year, is celebrating its grand reopening with a three-day party that runs from April 26th – 28th, and will include a silent auction, glassblowing demos, lectures, and glass for sale. The event, which is being co-sponsored by Scanlan Glass, is being billed as “a weekend of thanks” to share appreciation with the many volunteers who helped to haul debris and restore the studio to its pre-flooded state, something that is still very much in progress for Pier Glass owners Kevin and Mary Ellen Buxton-Kutch, as well as Kevin Scanlan of Scanlan Glass and Alison Ruzsa who rent space there as well. Continue reading
A last-ditch push to raise attendance in the 2013 Glass Art Association of Canada conference failed to raise sign-ups sufficiently to make the event financially viable for the 30-year-old artist organization. Organizers say they were 30-percent of the way to a break-even event, but that is where enrollment stalled with only 6 weeks to go before the scheduled event was to take place on May 23rd, 2013, in Calgary, Alberta. The cancellation is all the more bittersweet as it was to be a celebratory event of the association’s three-decade anniversary, and was entitled: “Breaking Boundaries: 30 Smashing Years!” And so on Wednesday, GAAC president Jamie Gray notified members of the decision. “Very sadly and with great regret, we have had to make the decision to cancel the conference,” she wrote in an emailed letter.
Out of ashes of the cancelled Glass Art Society conference, a glass gathering in Boston builds momentum
The official 2013 Glass Art Society conference may have been scrapped, but the key organizers on the ground in Boston haven’t given up the dream of a glass gathering in Beantown this summer. In fact, they are proceeding with a novel four-day glass event they are calling the “GlassBoston Conference.” Running from June 13th through the 16th, and limited to 200 attendees, it promises to be chock full of workshops, lectures, and demonstrations that will take place across four venues: the MIT Glass Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts; NOCA Glass School in North Cambridge, Massachusetts; The Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston; and Strattman Design in Boston. (Notably absent is any event at MassArt, which had been one of the major venues in the plans for the GAS conference.) In a departure from the all-encompassing conference fee that GAS uses, the event organizers are selling tickets to individual days of the conference and individual events in a sort of a-la-carte alternative to the all-you-can-eat menu typical of the official conference. Daily prices of $60 are supplemented by additional fees to attend tours or social events such as a barbecue or dance party. In a sign of the unusual financing of the event, many of the lectures and demonstrations are being underwritten (with some sponsored by the Glass Art Society, itself, in a good-will gesture of support). Affordable housing ($68, single room; $88, double) is being offered at the MIT dorms. Continue reading
Citing low registrations, the Glass Art Association of Canada cancels pre-conference workshops, says 2013 conference in jeopardy
With seven short weeks before its scheduled 2013 conference is set to begin on May 23rd, 2013, in Calgary, Alberta, the Glass Art Association of Canada has issued an urgent plea to its members to sign up by Tuesday, April 9th, so that organizers can decide whether or not to proceed with the planned event. The limited number of registrations has put the entire conference, titled “Breaking Boundaries: 30 Smashing Years!” in jeopardy, according to a letter emailed to members by association president Jamie Gray today. As an extra incentive, the early-bird registration fee of $300 has been extended beyond the March 31st cutoff. There has already been one casualty of the limited number of registrants so far — the pre- and post-conference workshops have been scrapped. Those who’ve signed up will be formally notified by the association in the coming days. Continue reading
On May 14, 2013, the Pilchuck Glass School will revive its Libensky Brychtova Award, which debuted in 1996 when it was known simply as the “Libensky Award.” In an event at Chihuly Garden and Glass, Pilchuck will honor kilnforming master Klaus Moje, who will be presented with the 2013 award. Notably, it was at Pilchuck in 1979, that Moje openly shared with his students his concerns that his supplier of glass rods was about to go out of business. One of those students was Boyce Lundstrom, who would go on to found Bullseye Glass with Dan Schwoerer, and the company continues to champion Moje’s artwork through gallery exhibitions and other activities. Continue reading
North Carolina arts nonprofit to host juried exhibition and demos featuring work in glass in May 2013
With a deadline fast approaching, those interested in showing their work at the STARworks NC: FireFest, should get cracking to apply to participate in a juried exhibition and sale of three-dimensional works in ceramics, glass, and metal as well as a category called “multimedia.” But even those not exhibiting in the gallery might want to make their way down to the tiny town of Star, North Carolina, with a population of less than 1,000, where a fire arts festival will run from May 3 through 31, 2013, and feature glass demos the first weekend of the event by the likes of Hank Murta Adams, the director of the Creative Glass Center of America at WheatonArts, and Nick Fruin, the coordinator of the STARworks GlassLab, a nonprofit arts center where the demos will take place. The event is being put on by Central Park NC, an eight-county rural sustainable economic development not-for-profit organization whose mission is “to (re)grow a regional economy based on the sustainable use of its natural and cultural assets.” Funds from the National Endowment of the Arts are also making this event possible. Continue reading