More than 10,000 individual glass droplets have been strung up in the atrium of the Design and Media Center at Boston's MassArt, the culmination of a project by the college's visiting professor Dan Clayman that is being unveiled this evening. The work is entitled Rainfield, and was constructed during "Structured Light," an interdisciplinary course with 18 MassArt students who worked alongside the Providence-based artist to realize this piece that measures 60-feet long. The completed project represents the largest-scale work Clayman has completed, the latest in his assemblage works that aggregate multiple glass elements to create a massive structure, as he did in his 2014 work Dispersion at Brown University. The installation will remain on view through summer,
Sarinda Jones, Transpire Muted, 2009. Textured, fused, and slumped glass; steel. H 18, W 10 D 6 in.
Even within the “Art” category, serious work in glass is hard to come by when browsing the mecca for all-things-handmade that is Etsy.com. Yet, hidden among the pages of small-scale glass objects that often have their decoration painted-on is the occasional piece that announces itself as serious, ambitious, and far more carefully made. The bracing contrast between the majority of work in glass on Etsy and the organic forms of sculptor Sarinda Jones, for example, makes the discovery that much more serendipitous. Although the decades-old art-versus-craft debate has been, and continues to be, a significant and shaping aspect for many artists working in the material, the work of Jones deftly makes the leap over that often-swampy terrain in its confident display of elegance and aplomb.
The Venus of the Sea mask by Catherine Ross.
Catherine Ross didn’t plan to become an expert at creating structured masks and other forms out of woven glass beads using highly evolved versions of traditional Native American techniques, but she found her way there after dropping out of Bryn Mawr College and picking up some of the basics from some Grateful Dead fans passing through the Virginia town where she was living.
A screen capture from the Etsy website, an online marketplace for handmade art. The King of Pop may be gone, but his legacy lives on—and not just in the music world. A glass artist who goes by the handle Artistic Flair on the online marketplace Etsy.com has created a fused glass piece commemorating the “Man in the Mirror” himself. Priced at the unprincely sum of just $100.00, it’s available for purchase here. —Marianne Mychaskiw