Issue 143 | Summer

Editor's Letter

by Andrew Page

Since the dawn of photography, the pursuit of realism in art has been an increasingly complex gambit. Why devote time and energy into rendering by hand that which a chemical (and now a digital) process can do automatically, and with decidedly greater precision? If accuracy is the goal, the artist’s studio is not the place to turn. Or is it? We devote this issue to considering the work of artists whose work in glass is “True to Life.”


Viennese Modernist glass designs at Le Stanze del Vetro; Corning showcases restored Blaschka sea creature models; a new online resource for Venetian glass techniques; Susie Silbert appointed curator of modern and contemporary glass at Corning; Silvia Levenson's solo exhibition at the Murano Glass Museum; a juried exhibition of stained glass will be on view in Chicago and Washington D.C.; ground broken for Kotler-Coville Glass Pavilion at Florida’s Ringling Museum.


Preston Singletary at Traver Gallery, Seattle; David Hammons at Mnuchin Gallery, New York; Christina Poblador at the Philippine Center Gallery in New York; Monika Wulfers at the Schoenherr Gallery at North Central College, Naperville, Illinois.

UrbanGlass News

Meet members of the UrbanGlass studio community: Adam Holtzinger and Susan Spiranovich of KEEP Lighting and independent artist and designer Alexandra Lozier.


by James Yood

Realistic Relevance


Head's Up

by John Drury

Fastidious in his attention to detail, groundbreaking in his unorthodox technique, impatient with repetition, Martin Janecky is relentless in his pursuit of the particular and on the hunt for a concept to carry the work beyond realism.

Under Arrest

by William V. Ganis

Emily Brock’s miniature worlds blend art and craft, realism and abstraction, in environments that explore a nostalgic sense of place.

Realism for a Reason

by Vicky A. Clark

An exhibition at the Pittsburgh Glass Center to celebrate the technical prowess of glass artists raises important questions about the meaning of literal depictions of nature.

Making it Real

by Andrew Page

An interview with Paul Stankard on achieving convincing organic form

Animal Grace

by William Warmus

Raven Skyriver avoids the pitfalls of kitsch and cynicism in his sculpted sea creatures, which derive power through their searching gaze.

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.