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Sarah Gilbert awarded inaugural 4Front Residency at the Chrysler Museum of Art Glass Studio

Sarah Gilbert holds degrees from Brown (BA), RISD (BFA), and the University of Idaho (MFA).

Sarah Gilbert holds degrees from Brown (BA), RISD (BFA), and the University of Idaho (MFA).

Portland, Oregon-based artist and educator Sarah Gilbert has been selected as the inaugural artist for 4Front : Innovation from All Angles, a 14-day residency at the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio in Norfolk that will take place from January 8 through 22, 2014. The new residency, a partnership between the Robert M. Minkoff Foundation and the Chrysler Museum of Art, attracted 33 submissions from 10 countries. (Disclosure: Andrew Page, editor of the GLASS Quarterly Hot Sheet also serves as the director of the Minkoff Foundation.) Gilbert was selected after an international search and competitive submission process. Applicants were asked to submit ideas for a contemporary art project using glass that is groundbreaking in one or more of the following areas: technique, concept, energy efficiency, and media fluency.  Continue reading

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Less Is Sometimes More: William Morris “recomposed” Mazorca pieces allow details to come to the fore

William Morris, Mazorca (Detail), 2013. Blown glass, steel stand. H 29 12, W 12, D 8 in.

William Morris, Mazorca (Detail), 2013. Blown glass, steel stand. H 29 12, W 12, D 8 in.

When Mazorca was unveiled for a 2005 retrospective at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington, it was a bid for large-scale impact on the part of William Morris, known for the ability to create convincing organic texture in glass works that celebrate and reference the earthy qualities of tribal art from around the world. At more than 8-feet tall, the assemblage of carved heads, ears of corn, gourds, and various vessels dangling from a steel armature overwhelmed the senses, a cluster of objects that looked more like ceramic and carved wood and bone, strung up by thick hand-braided rope. That it all was made from glass was astonishing, but appreciation for the technical accomplishments of the Morris team-members who developed the processes on display may have been impeded by the sheer number of objects grouped together in the piece. After the museum exhibition closed, the massive work didn’t find a buyer, and languished on the market, most recently with a price-tag of $2 million, before it was recently announced that Morris would reconfigure the pieces into a number of smaller works Continue reading

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Paul Housberg references water in new architectural glass installation

Housberg_SRH_2At Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, MA, architectural glass artist Paul Housberg has recently installed a new glass wall that visually connects the two stories of the facility’s main lobby and mezzanine. The piece, entitled Water Walk, creates a heightened sense of depth in a cramped corner, and seeks to evoke the peaceful movement of water, inspired by the  hospital’s location on the Charlestown waterfront. The hospital hosts therapeutic aquatic activities for patients, such as water sports like canoeing, water-skiing, rowing, kayaking, sailing, paddle boating, and windsurfing. Continue reading

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DESIGN: Mathieu Lehanneur sheds new light on historic architecture using LED illumination

Designer Mathieu Lehanneur's lighting installation entitled Les Cordes contrasts with the historic enivronment of the newly reopened Château Borély in Marseille, France.

Designer Mathieu Lehanneur’s lighting installation “Les Cordes” contrasts with the historic enivronment of thereopened Château Borély in Marseille, France.

Light-emitting diode, or LED lighting stands in direct contrast with the lighting that most of us are used to. Unlike household incandescent bulbs that emit large quantities of heat and burn out quickly, LED illumination operates with remarkable energy efficiency and durability. Televisions, light bulbs, and computer displays have been making use of LED for years. In response to government mandates and improving technology, designers are exploring this technology as not just a new form of lighting, but one with new possibilities for creative expression. Case in point is French designer Mathieu Lehanneur, whose recent installation, Les Cordes, christened the newly reopened Château Borély in Marseille. Working with only the materials of LED light, glass tubes, and a lighting control system, Lehanneur designed and created a modern, more abstract take on the chandelier. Continue reading

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OPENING: Erich Woll displays new conceptual work in solo exhibit in Seattle

Erich Woll, In My Neck of the Woods, 2013. Glass, acrylic, and steel. H 36, W 45, D 5. photo: russell johnson.

Erich Woll, In My Neck of the Woods, 2013.
Glass, acrylic, and steel. H 36, W 45, D 5.
photo: russell johnson.

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.

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At Toledo residency, April Surgent comments on the present using centuries-old engraving techniques

April Surgent, What We're Looking For, Is What We're Looking With, 2013. Glass engraving. H 36.25, W 25.825, D  1.75  in. courtesy: www.bonhams.com.

One of her most recent works. April Surgent, What We’re Looking For, Is What We’re Looking With, 2013. Glass engraving. H 36 1/4, W 25 3/4, D 1 3/4 in. courtesy: the artist.

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On June 27th, 2013, glass artist April Surgent completed a one-week visiting artist residency at the Glass Pavilion of the Toledo Museum of Art. Surgent, who was the seventh artist-in-residence of the  Guest Artist Pavilion Project (GAPP), offered a different perspective to the program as a traditional engraver in technique with a contemporary approach to subject matter. Continue reading

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OPENING: True-to-life glass exhibition inspired by Blaschka flowers debuts at Pittsburgh Glass Center, prize winners announced

Carolyn Baum, Eternal Bloom, 2013. Flameworked soft glass, wire, fieldstone. H 12, W 12, D 10.

Carolyn Baum, Eternal Bloom, 2013. Flameworked soft glass, wire, fieldstone. H 12, W 12, D 10.

The exhibition “Lifeforms” was originally conceived of as part of the 2013 Glass Art Society Conference in Boston. After the event was cancelled, this homage to the The Rudolph and Leopold Blaschka Glass Flowers at Harvard University was moved to the Pittsburgh Glass Center, where it opens this evening. Over 100 artists from the U.S., Scotland, Italy, Japan, Australia, England and Canada answered the call from Robert Mickelsen to create work that aspires to the Blaschkas’ level of accuracy, and the top 50 will be on display through November 17, 2013 in Pittsburgh. Continue reading

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UPDATED: Glass Art Society announces winners of 2013 International Student Online Exhibition

FIRST PRIZE: Morgan Chivers (Univ. Texas at Arlington), Particulate Pulse (Inertness is a Relative Matter), 2013. H 5, W 13, D 5 in. Glass, xenon, neon, electricity.

FIRST PRIZE: Morgan Chivers (Univ. Texas at Arlington), Particulate Pulse (Inertness is a Relative Matter), 2013. H 5, W 13, D 5 in. Glass, xenon, neon, electricity.

UPDATED 6/27/2013 9:00 am

With the cancellation of the 2013 Glass Art Society conference, the organization’s annual International Student Exhibition has gone virtual. Rather than arranging student work from around the world in a large conference room where it would be juried in real-lfe, as would have been done in a typical GAS conference year, the submitted artwork has been placed online, where it was juried by a panel of three: Ann Mulrooney, manager and curator of the National Craft Gallery in Ireland; Marc Petrovic, artist; and Ken Saunders, a Chicago art dealer. First prize was awarded to University of Texas at Arlington graduate student Morgan Chivers for his submission entitled Particulate Pulse (Inertness is a Relative Matter) (2013), which mixes neon, xenon, and electricity to create a delicate paper-thin work that glows.

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Born as an art project, hand-blown glass hermit crab shells are now poised for mass-market sale

crabWith three decades of experience as a glassblower, artist, and designer, Robert DuGrenier has often explored the intersection of art and the natural world with glass works that he has embedded into active beehives or growing fruit trees. Now, DuGrenier is expanding his fascination with hand-blown glass hermit crab shells into a line of environmentally sensitive, commercially available shells called “Crabitats” that are on track to be sold through a national pet store chain. Continue reading

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CALL FOR ENTRIES: Czech Glass award seeks international applicants

Co-organized by the Prague Castle Administration and Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, the prestigious 2013 Stanislav Libenský Award is now accepting applications according to an announcement by the Prague Gallery of Czech Glass. The competition is open to any graduates of BFA or MFA programs around the world who have used glass in their final thesis projects.

The jury consists of several experts in contemporary glass. The jurors include Sven Hauschke, the director of the European Museum of Modern Glass in Coburg, Germany and the curator of the art collections at Veste Coburg; Douglas Heller, the owner of Heller Gallery in New York, New York; Milan Hlaveš, Ph.D., an art historian, curator, and the head of the glass, ceramics, and porcelain collections in the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague; Martin Janecký, a Czech glass artist and educator active mainly in the U.S.; Sylva Petrová, an emeritus professor of the University of Sunderland in the UK; and Angela vander Burght, a Dutch writer, independent curator, and consultant who specializes in glass.

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Rik Allen’s futuristic “Seeker” museum exhibition features the artist’s largest-scale work to date

Rik Allen, Seeker, 2013. Glass, steel. H 180, W 66, D 66 in. photo: KP studios. courtesy: Museum of Northwest Art.

Rik Allen, Seeker, 2013. Glass, steel, aluminum. H 180, W 66, D 66 in. photo: KP studios. courtesy: Museum of Northwest Art.

Contemporary glass artist Rik Allen has expanded the scale of his latest work featured in his solo exhibition titled “Seeker” at the Museum of Northwest Art (MoNA) in La Conner, Washington. The exhibition, which closes this Sunday June 9th, showcases Allen’s most ambitious creation yet: a 15-foot glass and metal site-specific rocket designed for the curved wall of the MoNA main gallery.

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Special free bonus for subscribers to the print edition of GLASS: A copy of the latest New Glass Review

The cover of the Summer 2013 edition of GLASS (#131), which comes bundled with a special bonus copy of Corning's New Glass Review (#34).

The cover of the Summer 2013 edition of GLASS (#131), which comes bundled with a special bonus copy of Corning’s New Glass Review (#34).

When subscribers to the print edition of GLASS: The UrbanGlass Art Quarterly check their mailboxes for the summer edition, they will be pleasantly surprised to find their magazine polybagged with a free copy of the latest New Glass Review, the annual exhibition in print by The Corning Museum of Glass. With an image of Danish artist Steffan Damm’s 2012 Rakow Commission work, Flower Block, on the cover, New Glass Review 34 will showcase the 100 most important new works in glass as chosen by a jury that includes Tina Oldknow, Corning’s curator of modern glass.

 

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Performance, percussion, and glass instruments set for onstage encounter in Rochester, New York

A flame lights up the stage, where music and flameworking will join forces in Rochester, New York.

A flame lights up the stage, where music and flameworking will join forces in Rochester, New York.

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

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OPENING: Anjali Srinivasan’s meditation on mirrored surfaces debuts at Heller Gallery this evening

Taking inspiration from mirrored palaces, and houseware markets of her native India, Anjali Srinivasan explores the effects of multi-planar mirrored surfaces in her new installation at Heller Gallery in New York City. photo: anjali Srinivasan

Taking inspiration from mirrored palaces, and houseware markets of her native India, Anjali Srinivasan explores the effects of multi-planar mirrored surfaces in her new installation at Heller Gallery in New York City. photo: anjali Srinivasan

This evening, Anjali Srinivasan (BFA, Alfred, 2002; MFA, RISD, 2007) will debut her newest work, Of Clocks and Clouds (2013), a network of tetrahedrons in stainless steel and blown, mirrored glass that create a contemplative array of reflected surfaces. These complex mirrored patterns, when made from stainless steel, result in a light reflection that is slightly more diffused than mirrored glass, but reference visions of housewares on display in markets in Srinivasan’s native India. They will be showing at New York City’s Heller Gallery, which has been featuring the work of a new generation of artists using glass such as Amber Cowan.
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OPENING: Therese Lahaie’s video projection through glass at the Glasmuseet Ebeltoft

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Therese Lahaie, Forgotten Ocean, 2013. Video projection through glass. H 9, L 18, D 10 ft.

Opening with a Friday evening reception on March 22, 2013, and running through November 3, 2013, the Glasmuseet in  Ebeltoft, Denmark will feature a kinetic installation by glass artist Therese Lahaie. Entitled Forgotten Ocean, the work features a video projection through glass that transforms the gallery space into a watery environment. The artist was inspired by an old wooden warship named Fregatten Jylland, which is the longest in the world, and remains docked in Ebeltoft. Lahaie became especially intrigued by the carved figure of the Norse goddess RAN, which was believed to protect the ship through the power of her beauty. Continue reading

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OPENING: Fashioned in glass, tools and implements become “Everyday Heroes” in MFA exhibition

Slate Grove, Tools of the Trade, 2013. Blown, sculpted, and fabricated glass. H 12, W 18, D 7 in.

Slate Grove, Tools of the Trade, 2013. Blown, sculpted, and fabricated glass. H 12, W 18, D 7 in.

Artist Slate Grove loves cars. Before he enrolled in the MFA glass program at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois, he exhibited oversize automotive key fobs and hood ornaments during the 2010 Glass Art Society Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. For his thesis exhibition, Grove turns his attention to those who repair machines by paying homage to the tools that make their work possible. But he doesn’t stop with auto mechanics: he expands his purview to working class jobs of all kinds, elevating them through the painstaking remaking of the instruments used by janitors, cleaners, tailors, knitters, and, slightly off-topic, boxers. Continue reading

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Glass-related events bloom throughout New York City during major art fair

A detail from Amber Cowan's Peach Bloom (2013) wall installation at Heller Gallery.

A detail from Amber Cowan’s Peach Bloom (2013) wall installation of recycled American pressed glass at Heller Gallery. photo: matt hollerbush

As art collectors from around the globe make their way to the West Side waterfront piers where The Armory Show will be taking place from March 7th through 10th, they may find themselves tempted to stray by a night of performance art featuring glass in Brooklyn, the screening of a documentary film about contemporary artists engaging the history of Studio Glass at the Museum of Arts and Design, or an exhibition opening featuring shards of found industrially-made glass handworked and transformed into elaborately detailed sculptures that reference flowers. There is even a glass-themed event that is part of the official Armory ArtsWeek public program: A night of artisanal food and drink served on hand-made glassware. Continue reading

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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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Kirstie Rea returns to her roots with a new body of work: glass fabric sculptures

Kirstie Rae, Knowing II (detail), 2012. Glass and chair. courtesy: the artist

Kirstie Rea, Knowing II (detail), 2012. Glass and chair. courtesy: the artist

Kirstie Rea recently unveiled a new body of work at an exhibition that opened on January 23rd at Canberra Glassworks. Running through March 21st, 2013, the exhibition entitled “Under My Skin” explores the artist’s sense of place through found objects draped under fabric-like sheets of slumped glass. Part of Canberra Glassworks’ “100 Days of Glass” project, the exhibition explores Rea’s memories of growing up in Canberra, where she’s spent most of her life. On Saturday, January 26th, the artist will present a public gallery talk at 10.30 AM to discuss her new work and how it relates to her life experience.

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Hot Off the Presses: GLASS #129, Winter 2012-13

The cover of GLASS 129, Winter 2012-13

The cover of GLASS #129, Winter 2012-13

The new issue of GLASS: The UrbanGlass Art Quarterly is hitting newsstands and subscriber mailboxes over the next few days. On the cover of the Winter 2012 – 13 edition is a recent work by John Kiley entitled Stalling Angel. GLASS contributing editor Victoria Josslin writes: “Kiley belongs to the tribe of minimalist artists who know how to bring emotional richness out of reticence.” She considers his works as balancing acts, both literally in their carefully considered geometries, but also as points of equilibrium between geometric abstraction and organic form. In an article that journeys back to seminal moments in Kiley’s life experience, the article charts the evolution of an artist who learned glassblowing as an assistant to some of its most florid decorative practitioners (Chihuly and Tagliapietra) and yet developed a voice of powerful restraint.  Continue reading

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