Issue 111 | Summer

Editor's Letter

by Andrew Page

"Post-Craft" or "New Wave Craft," “Neo-Applied Art” or “Design Art,” take your pick. A range of newly minted classifications are being offered up in a bid to identify, or reinterpret, a changing landscape for work made with craft media. From design showrooms to cutting-edge art galleries, there’s been a surge of new interest in work made with fiber, clay, metal, and glass. Art and design objects with functional references, decorative aspects, and/or distinctively sculptural sensibilities are issuing forth from the collective consciousness as a response to a hunger for texture within cool white-cube gallery spaces, offering more fragrant air than that sterile conceptual art realm where surfaces are pristinely milled and traces of the human hand hidden. The human longing for the organic, familiar shape is reasserting itself, even if sometimes for ironic effect, or to subvert the traditional associations of craft media.


Dual winners of the 2008 Bombay Sapphire Prize; an exhibition of painted glass in Dusseldorf, Germany; the glass on view at the spring contemporary art expos in New York; new books.


The “Visionaries 2008” group exhibition at Sabbia Gallery, Sydney; Joel Philip Myers and Steven Weinberg at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York; Tom Farbanish at William Traver Gallery, Seattle; Ivan Mares at Heller Gallery, New York; Lino Tagliapietra at the Museum of Glass, Tacoma; Einar and Jamex de la Torre at the Koplin del Rio Gallery, Culver City, California; Walter Martin and Paloma Munoz at PPOW Gallery, New York.

UrbanGlass News

A celebration to remember at the 2008 Urban Glass Gala Auction - Awards - Glassblowers Ball


by Doug Heller

Depth of Field: George Erml (1945-2008) brought an artist’s understanding to the documentation of work in glass.



A conversation with Bruce Guenther, chief curator at the Portland Art Museum, on the world of Klaus Moje, the subject of a major retrospective at the museum.

Essence Enclosed

by Jennifer Hawkins Opie

Tessa Clegg takes on the highly contemporary concerns of containment and abstracted form in her pursuit of “timeless beauty.”

Desiccation Row

by James Yood

Drained of color and gloss, Jay Musler’s vulnerable, brittle constructions are animated by a vital and eccentric imagination.

Shopping Art

by Tomoko Aoki

Galleries located inside Japan’s high-end department stores exhibit some of the most important work being done in glass.

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.