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Tom Moore, Pyrotechnic Puffer Fish, 2016. Blown and solid glass, epoxy. H 19¾, W 20, D 11 in. (larger fish) photo: grant hancock.

Thursday April 19, 2018 | by Valerie Hughes

Playful glass goblet work takes top honors, $15,000 prize, at contemporary art competition in Australia.

The 2018 winner of the Art Gallery of Western Australia’s annual Tom Malone Prize is Tom Moore, who utilized 15th-century Venetian glassblowing techniques to create two whimsical puffer fish in a work entitled “Pyrotechnic Puffer Fish.” The Tom Malone Prize, now in its sixteenth year, highlights accomplishment and experimentation in Australian glass art with $15,000 in prize money. Moore’s “Pyrotechnic Puffer Fish” was one of sixty applicants and, as the winner, will be incorporated into the gallery’s State Art Collection, which houses works by other winners. Additionally, Moore’s work will be shown in the gallery’s annual Australian contemporary art exhibition alongside the thirteen short-listed artists, such as Holly Grace and Jason Sims, through May 28, 2018.

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Julie Alland, Song File #1 - Friends of Prometheus, 2016. Kilnformed and engraved glass, magnetic audiotape, vintage glass box. H 4 ½, W 6, D 4 in. courtesy: julie alland.

Tuesday April 17, 2018 | by Valerie Hughes

EXHIBITION: Philadelphia glass museum seeks to join the visual and the auditory in "Sound + Vision"

The relationship between sound and art has often been explored by artists who attempt to unite the visual and auditory worlds. Through June 10, 2018, the National Liberty Museum of Philadelphia will feature “Sound + Vision,” an exhibition of glass instruments and sculptures that grant a new perspective on sound and visual expression. Thirty-four featured artists created their own interpretations of the relationship between glass art and sound, ranging from glass instruments, some of which are playable, to mosaics of music legends. “Sound + Vision” presents the relationship between music and art through a multitude of stylistic glass works in a collection of different artistic skills and techniques.

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Andrew Erdos and Yasue Maetake, Amorphous Terrain, 2018. Blown glass, copper corrosion stain on pulp (kozo, abaca and cotton), steel, industrial safety glass, cane and jute rope. H 144, W 60, D 54 in. photo: kariya hirofumi.

Thursday April 5, 2018 | by Valerie Hughes

OPENING: A new collaborative work by Andrew Erdos and Yasue Maetake debuts on Friday in NYC

Andrew Erdos creates large-scale installations using glass (and often video) that engage the concepts of cycles of time and nature. Yasue Maetake is known for exploring environmental themes in monumental sculptures. The two, who are both based in New York, will unveil a collaborative site-specific installation entitled “Amorphous Terrain” on Friday, April 6, which will run through May 13, 2018 at mhPROJECTnyc. With the setting of an anonymous Manhattan office, the towering crystalline structure alludes to the breakdown of time and the shifting power dynamics between artist and material. The ambitious glass arrangement blends the ephemeral qualities of its chosen artistic materials such as hand-pulled glass cane and the industrially-made found objects like broken factory windows. The opening reception for “Amorphous Terrain” will be on Friday, April 6 from 6 PM - 9 PM.

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GlassBarge 2018 Port Map. courtesy: corning museum of glass.

Wednesday April 4, 2018 | by Valerie Hughes

The Corning Museum's glassblowing barge readies for its summer-long tour of New York State waterways

The Corning Museum of Glass has announced the dates and times of ports of call for its four-month waterway tour known as "GlassBarge," a project which commemorates both the 1868 relocation of the Brooklyn Flint Glass Company from Brooklyn to Corning, New York and the last 150 years of glassmaking in Corning. The summer tour will bring glass-blowing demonstrations along the same route that the Brooklyn Flint Glass Company took through the Hudson River and Erie Canal. The company shipped its glass blowing equipment via the New York Waterways to Corning, where it eventually became the corporation known as Corning, Inc., which founded the museum in 1951. To honor this pivotal relocation, CMoG conceived of and built a 30-by-80-foot barge equipped with patented all-electric glassblowing equipment meant to bring the history of glass out of the museum and into the towns along New York State canals and rivers. Furthermore, the tour, which will kick-off on May 17 at Brooklyn Bridge Park (in conjunction with UrbanGlass, which publishes the Hot Sheet), is meant to honor the continued importance that waterways have on New York’s culture, communities, and industries. After its start in Brooklyn, the tour will conclude on land in Corning on September 22nd with a community-wide celebration. Before its end though, the tour will be hitting Poughkeepsie, Albany, Buffalo, and Seneca Falls, among other cities throughout the summer. The full list and accompanying dates are below.

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Robin Rogers, who has been running the Perry Glass Studio as interim director, will now hold the full title. photo: eckard wheeler

Tuesday March 27, 2018 | by Valerie Hughes

The Chrysler Makes it Official: Interim manager Robin Rogers is the new Glass Studio manager and program director

When Charlotte Potter left the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia, last fall, her outsize role as the museum's Glass Studio manager and program director was filled on an interim basis by longtime assistant manager and technician Robin Rogers. Now the Chrysler has made it official and removed the "interim" from Rogers' title as the Perry Glass Studio manager and program director. In a prepared statement, museum director Erik Neil said he was pleased with Rogers’ performance filling in for Charlotte, adding that Rogers was “very effective in his interim role, increasing participation in classes and programs.” Not only that, but Neil also praised Rogers’ artistic practice.

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Close-up of jellyfish tentacle by Kait Rhoads. courtesy: kait rhoads.

Monday March 26, 2018 | by Valerie Hughes

Artist Kait Rhoads taps the social aspects of glass work to spread the word about ocean ecology (and celebrate her 50th)

From her murrini-dappled blown vessels to her woven copper-wire-and-glass assemblages, Kait Rhoads' works are often inspired by the colors, forms, and patterning of oceanic forms. Her connection to the water was forged when her family lived on a sailboat in the Bahamas and U.S. Virgin Islands during her childhood. To celebrate her upcoming 50th birthday on March 31, Rhoads is having a party that will bring together her love of the aquatic, her glass artwork, and her social network for a good cause. She is inviting friends and volunteers to come participate in the construction of jellyfish tentacles for a large-scale art project, which will be displayed at the totally renovated Pacific Seas Aquarium set to replace the 52-year-old North Pacific Aquarium at the Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma. The new aquarium is set to open in Summer 2018. When completed, Rhoads’ project will consist of three large-scale glass jellyfish, each roughly six feet long, that will function as chandeliers in the aquarium’s atrium.

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Carole Frève at work.

Tuesday March 20, 2018 | by Valerie Hughes

EXHIBITION: Carol Frève makes a literal "connection" using the compatibility of glass and copper in Montreal show

Carole Frève is known for combining glass and copper in projects that contain a narrative essence, drawing not only the eye but human emotion. Currently on view through March 30, 2018, the Espace VERRE Gallery presents Carole Frève’s exhibition, "Connectivity." The works featured in the exhibition ponder the effect an electric current has on copper plating. With the integration of electric currents, sensors, LEDs, and integrated circuits, Frève wishes to establish a dialogue between the art and viewer. She encourages them to draw their own conclusions, to pose questions and find answers within themselves and the art.

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Artist Judith Schaecter will kick off the 2018 IFC with a lecture entitled "Mission Statement."

Wednesday March 14, 2018 | by Valerie Hughes

The 2018 International Flameworking Conference kicks off this weekend with a lecture by Judith Schaechter

The 18th annual International Flameworking Conference is headlined by Joe Peters, who started working with glass at a young age. A skilled flameworker with experience as a student and teacher at Snow Farm, a craft school in Massachusetts, Peters is known for his often psychedelic depictions of nature, with a particular emphasis on aquatic life. In 2012, he created an aquarium installation that is now on display at Boston Children’s Hospital. Peters is but one of a range of artists who work with glass appearing at this weekend's International Flameworking Conference (IFC), which will run from March 16-18 at Salem Community College. It is meant to highlight achievement in flameworking through artist demonstrations and other presentations.

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courtesy: pittsburgh glass center.

Sunday March 11, 2018 | by Valerie Hughes

CALL FOR ENTRIES: Pittsburgh Glass Center debuts new $5,000 award in honor of late co-founder, Ron Desmett

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The Pittsburgh Glass Center has announced itsfirst Ron Desmett Memorial Award for Imagination in Glass. Artists who take glass to innovative heights and take risks, in the vein of the late Desmett, are called to apply and can do so online by May 31, 2018. PGC will grant at least one award a year, consisting of $2,500 in cash along with classes and studio access valuing $2,500, for a total award value of $5,000. Awardees’ work will embody the innovative and rule-defying spirit of Desmett’s glass work.

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Simone Crestani, Hommage À Acteon 2, 2017. Hollow sculpted blown borosilicate glass. H 47 ¼, W 31 ½ in. 

Thursday March 8, 2018 | by Valerie Hughes

DESIGN: Exhibited at prestigious Munich lighting showroom, Simone Crestani's sculpted flameworked creations honor nature

Italian artist Simone Crestani spent 10 years as an apprentice to Massimo Lunardon before striking out on his own, employing the techniques he learned to sculpt at the torch. Crestani enjoys working inside the blown glass forms he flameworks to create complex and large-scale forms inspired by his wonder at the natural world, and humanity’s impact on it. Crestani's design pieces encapsulate both powerful and ephemeral qualities of nature. During the Munich Creative Business Week, an important design event in Germany, Simone Crestani is having a solo exhibition through April 24th taking place at the Ingo Maurer showroom in Munich at Kaiserstrasse 47.

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GLASS: The UrbanGlass Quarterly, a glossy art magazine published four times a year by UrbanGlass has provided a critical context to the most important artwork being done in the medium of glass for 35 years.