Thursday April 11, 2024 | by Andrew Page

A Seattle friendship takes physical form in Dan Friday and Jason Christian's Montague Gallery exhibition in San Francisco

Two different approaches to hot-sculpting glass find common ground in "Transparent Collaborations," an exhibit opening tonight at San Francisco's Montague Gallery that features work by longtime glassblowing friends Jason Christian and Dan Friday

Jason Christian, Celadon Dragon. H 12, W 21, D 7 in. courtesy: montague gallery, san francisco

The show features Christian's bold colors and new interpretations of complex Venetian techniques in the longtime Seattle resident's wide-ranging solo works, such as the his Celadon Dragon, which looks like it jumped off of a 19th century goblet and grew larger and even more expressive. 

Dan Friday, Sxwole (Reef Net) Anchor. H 12 1/2, W 9 1/4, D 5 1/2 in. courtesy: montague gallery, san francisco

Friday, who grew up in the Seattle region as a member of the Lummi Nation, taps into his Native heritage in his iconograpy of traditional animal icons such as well as cultural objects such as the reef net he references in cane on the surface of a glass vessel that looks like it could be earthenware. 

The two artists joined together in their collaborative "Heritage Totem" series, which blend their two styles and subject matters into a unified single work, arranged vertically.

Jason Christian & Dan Friday, Brothers Totem. H 24, W 5, D 5 in.

The collaborative works feature transparent glass figures by each of the artists, providing both comparison and juxtaposition of their varying styles and subject matter.

The event will take place April 11th, from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM Pacific Time, at the Montague Gallery, which is located at 45A Sutter Street in San Francisco.

You can RSVP online. For more information, call the gallery at 415-964-4978 or email at

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