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The GLASS Quarterly Hot Sheet has a new address

The completely redesigned UrbanGlass.org Web page now includes the GLASS Quarterly Hot Sheet.

The completely redesigned UrbanGlass.org Web page now includes the GLASS Quarterly Hot Sheet.

We are pleased to announce that the widely read GLASS Quarterly Hot Sheet has relocated to a new home on the entirely redesigned and improved Website for UrbanGlass, the nonprofit art center that publishes the blog as well as the print publication GLASS: The UrbanGlass Art Quarterly. If you follow us on WordPress, you’ll need to find another way to stay current with our new postings. “Like” our page on Facebook or “Follow” us on Twitter to receive regular updates. Continue reading

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In Memoriam: Jane Osborn-Smith

The late artist and designer Jane Osborn-Smith was the wife of designer and sculptor Peter Aldridge.

The late artist and designer Jane Osborn-Smith was the wife of designer and sculptor Peter Aldridge.

A British painter, illustrator, and ceramist who specialized in delicately painted porcelain vessels, Jane Osborn-Smith died on October 1, 2013 in Old Chatham, New York. Though not her primary material, Osborn-Smith also worked with glass, designing engraved glass vessels and small-scale sculptures for Steuben from 1985 to 1998. Her Steuben design, Shakespeare’s Flowers, was selected by President and Mrs. George H. W. Bush as a gift of state to Queen Elizabeth II, commemorating the Queen’s visit to the United States in 1991. Her limited edition Swan Bowl, designed with her husband, Peter Aldridge, for Steuben in 1985, was an enduringly popular design for the luxury glass manufacturer. Continue reading

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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg presides over UrbanGlass reopening on October 2, 2013

While UrbanGlass executive director Cybele Maylone and elected officials look on, New York mayor Michael Bloomberg breaks a glass ribbon to mark the reopening of UrbanGlass.

While UrbanGlass executive director Cybele Maylone and elected officials look on, New York mayor Michael Bloomberg breaks a glass ribbon to mark the reopening of UrbanGlass.

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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U.K.-based glass artist organization wins charity status, a step toward becoming self-sustaining

CGS-logo-+-web-address-Pantone-328The Contemporary Glass Society (CGS), an organization based in the United Kingdom, was recently awarded Charity Status. This legal step, completed on August 14th, 2013, is part of a transition to self-sustainability. The CGS has been reinventing itself since it lost its annual grant of ₤50,000 from the Arts Council of England, which was announced in March of 2011. The CGS has been the UK’s foremost organization for glass art for over 15 years and boasts an international membership of 700 mostly artists hailing fromEurope, Asia, and South America. The organization also has connections to manufacturers, galleries, academics, and various artists in the glass trade. The CGS seeks to support to established and up-and-coming artists as well as students in the glass field through workshops, exhibitions, conferences, and various forms of promotional aid through its website and print publication, Glass Network. Continue reading

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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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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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Speaker line-up announced for December 2013 academic symposium “Issues in Glass Pedagogy”

 L to R: Jack Wax, Leslie Walker Noell, James Baker, Charlotte Potter, Helen Lee, Richard Whiteley, Ruth King, Peter Houk.


L to R: Jack Wax, Leslie Walker Noell, James Baker, Charlotte Potter, Helen Lee, Richard Whiteley, Ruth King, Peter Houk.

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

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