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William Carlson
William Carlson, glass artist and inductee into American Craft Council College of Fellows.

Thursday July 10, 2014 | by Lindsay Woodruff

American Craft Council Awards honor two glass artists and Corning Museum curator Tina Oldknow

FILED UNDER: Announcements, Award, News
The American Craft Council, a nonprofit public educational organization that promotes the understanding and appreciation of American craft, has announced the recipients of its 2014 Awards, which includes the induction of two glass artists, William Carlson, currently an Endowed Professor at the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Miami whose works include cast glass sculpture and architectural commissions, and Philadelphia-based stained glass artist Judith Schaechter into its College of Fellows.

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Thursday July 10, 2014 | by Lindsay Woodruff

Glass Art Society presents new Technology Advancing Glass grant

The Glass Art Society has announced a call for submissions for the recently created Technology Advancing Glass grant program. Generously funded by glass collectors Ted and Melissa Lagreid, the research grant of up to $5,000 will be awarded to an artist or group of artists to fund research into innovations that may benefit the glass art field. Ideas suggested on the GAS website include “new materials, production techniques, safe shipping techniques, new tools, adhesives, ways to create glass sculpture animated with electronics...”, but submissions are ultimately “limited by the imagination of [the] artists”. The winner of the grant will be required to share his/her research and developments at a subsequent GAS conference within the next three years.

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Tricorni (detail), courtesy of Traver Gallery

Thursday July 3, 2014 | by Lindsay Woodruff

OPENING: Vibrant new work by Davide Salvadore debuts at Traver tonight

New, vividly colored work by Muranese glassblower Davide Salvadore is the focus of a new exhibition at Seattle's Traver Gallery. Titled simply "Davide Salvadore: New Work," the show that blazes new chromatic ground for this artist best known for his sculptural stringed-instrument objects, opens tonight, July 3 and will be on view through Sunday, August 3, 2014. Salvadore, born into a family of glass workers, has devoted his career to reinterpreting and modernizing the traditional techniques and aesthetics he uses in his work. He often instructs students on non-traditional murrini-making techniques and how to employ the tiny detailed pieces in compelling ways. In his own work, he draws inspiration from ancient musical instruments, African symbols and textiles, and the colors of the African landscape. While many of the shapes in this exhibition are not new, Salvadore has added a number of intense new colors to his palette, using less of his characteristic earth tones in favor of bright turquoise, yellows, and oranges. Sometimes these colors fill the entire piece, and sometimes the colors jump out from a background of neutral colored, yet equally intricate patterns.

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Nachison Studio
Emily Nachison working with glass and fiber in the studio

Wednesday July 2, 2014 | by Lindsay Woodruff

OPENING: Emily Nachison links measurements to meaning in Bullseye Gallery exhibition

An essential philosophy of Portland-based artist Emily Nachison is that “our world is one of transformation and not destruction.” Much of her previous work examines the transformation that takes place during lifecycles of growth and decay. She has also dissected mythologies of scientific (and even pseudoscientific) history, as well as contemporary spirituality. In addition to her work in fiber, in which she holds an advanced degree, Nachison also makes cast-glass sculptures, which will be the focus of her solo exhibition at the Bullseye Gallery in Portland, Oregon. Entitled “The Realm of Quantifiable Truths”, the exhibition opening is this evening, Wednesday, July 2nd, and it will run through August 30th, 2014.

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Artifact. Cast glass.

Thursday June 26, 2014 | by Lindsay Woodruff

EXHIBITION: Katerina Ganchak elicits emotion in “Just Feel” exhibit in Brooklyn

FILED UNDER: Exhibition, New Work
Artists and designers often expend a lot of energy developing a strong concept to depict through their work, but Katerina Ganchak’s work in her current solo exhibition, “Just Feel: Glass Sculptures and Paintings”, shies away from establishing a concept and focuses instead on eliciting an emotional response from the viewer. Her work intends to appeal to people with strong imagery that all human beings can intuitively relate to, and in “Just Feel”, on display at Java Studios Art Gallery in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, visitors are free to have their own individualized experience.

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The Alastair Pilkington Studio at North Lands Glass in Scotland was expanded this year with a new workshop space.

Wednesday June 25, 2014 | by Lindsay Woodruff

Expanded North Lands Creative Glass campus will host international conference in September

FILED UNDER: Announcements, News
North Lands Creative Glass, located on the coast of Northeastern Scotland in the former fishing town of Lybster, has offered Master Class glass workshops to a growing number of international students since 2002. It also hosts an annual International Conference revolving around relevant themes in the contemporary art world. This year’s conference, titled “The Place and the Work”, will take place on the weekend of September 6th and 7th, 2014, and aims to explore the role of the artists’ surroundings in the work they create.

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Cycleof Life
Detail of Richard Jolley's "Sky" and "Desire," sections of a larger permanent installation at the Knoxville Museum of Art entitled Cycle of Life: Within the Power of Dreams and the Wonder of Infinity, 2009 - 2014.

Thursday June 19, 2014 | by Lindsay Woodruff

Schantz Galleries’ Collectors Weekend to Feature Richard Jolley and Tommie Rush

FILED UNDER: Announcements, Events
The 2014 edition of the Schantz Galleries Annual Collectors Weekend will be held on Friday, June 27th and Saturday, June 28th, 2014, and will feature artists Richard Jolley and Tommie Rush. The artists, husband and wife, recently opened the large-scale glass and steel installation entitled the Cycle of Life: Within the Power of Dreams and the Wonder of Infinity at the Knoxville Museum of Art in their home state of Tennessee, and both have many of their individual works on view at Schantz Galleries. Attendees of the Collectors Weekend will have the opportunity to watch a glassblowing demonstration by Richard Jolley on Saturday.

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Susan Liebold, "LIOLA.GLS", 2014. Under UV light, the photoluminescent glass glows, yet appears clear under white light.

Tuesday June 17, 2014 | by Lindsay Woodruff

EXHIBITION: “Glass Creatures” exhibit features studies of form by Susan Leibold and Mari Meszaros

FILED UNDER: Exhibition, New Work, News
Many glass artists are driven by the subject of water and the worlds encompassed inside of its bodies. In the 19th century, Leopold and Rudolph Blaschka studied and made extensive drawings of specimens they wanted to recreate for university study, and in addition to fruits and flowers, made realistic marine invertebrates from glass. A collection of their invertebrates is housed at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, and these extraordinary sculptures can also be seen on a 37-page online gallery on the Cornell website. Years ago, I had the rare opportunity to flamework on the Corning Museum of Glass’s functional replica of the Blaschka’s bellows-operated torch and workbench, managing to only create a small leaf or flower petal with its alcohol-burning flame. The size of the fire the Blaschkas worked with is much smaller than the gas and oxygen burning flame contemporary flameworkers are accustomed to, so I can attest that perfecting this process and completing the collection was no small accomplishment. Assembling these lifelike pieces with that technology in the late 1800s was certainly a labor of love. Though the Blaschkas were eventually contracted to make glass specimen for universities, the initial motivation to make these pieces must have been fueled by relentless inspiration.

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