Issue 108 | Fall

Editor's Letter

by Andrew Page

Glass, prized for its pristine surfaces, clean lines, and purity of form, has a dirty secret-- it takes tremendous amounts of energy to make it. Silica and soda lime only join together to make molten glass when heated to temperatures north of 2,300 degrees Fahrenheit. The amount of energy required to achieve and sustain those temperatures requires the burning of large amounts of natural gas, which over the course of a year releases literally tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.


Stunning glass beads in Sars-Potieres, France; bold glass panels bring Dutch television museum to life; an Internet site organizes the online world of glass; Norman Foster;s sculptural approach to green architecture; rarely seen Paul Marioni work unearthed at the Bellevue Arts Museum; 50 years after he came to the American Craft Museum, Paul Smith reflects on the state of Studio Glass. 


Lynette Walworth at the National Glass Centre, Sunderland, England; Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend at the D&A Fine Arts, Los Angeles; Richard Jolley at Leo Kaplan Modern, New York; Ruth Allen at Chappell Gallery, New York; David Walters at Traver Gallery, Seattle; Japanese Group Exhibition at the Pittsburgh Center for Glass, Pittsburgh; James Turrell at PaceWildentstein Gallery, New York. 

UrbanGlass News

The Bead Project celebrates ten years; a new board member and a returning one; a solo exhibition for Trinh Nguyen. 


Tomas Robert Stearns (1936-2006)


Can Glass Go Green?

by Andrew Page

Born in an era of cheap energy, the Studio Glass movement is on the brink of major change as fuel prices rise along with the concern about global warming.

Generation Next

by Jennifer Opie

The Young Glass Awards, staged once a decade by a glass museum in Denmark, anoinnew talent and bring the world of glass to the seaside town of Ebeltoft.

The Wizard of Whimsy

by Richard Speer

Richard Marquis's island retreat, overflowing with memorabilia and animal life, reflects the artist's masterful juxtaposition of highbrow technique and whimsical subject matter.

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 more than 40 years.