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Joyce Scott Head Shot

Joyce Scott, Head Shot, 2008. Seed beads, thread, glass, and bullets. H 18 1/2, W 4 1/2, D 4 1/2 in. courtesy: goya contemporary gallery, baltimore

Thursday March 12, 2020 | by Nick Lykoudis

Joyce Scott awarded 2020 American Craft Council gold medal, Katherine Gray inducted into College of Fellows

The American Craft Council has announced its 2020 ACC Award winners. Among the recipients are renowned glass artists Joyce Scott, who takes home the highly coveted Gold Medal for Consummate Craftsmanship prize, and Katherine Gray, who was accepted into the ACC College of Fellows. The Gold Medal is the most prestigious award given by the council acknowledging a lifetime of achievements. Acceptance into the College of Fellows represents "an outstanding contribution to the crafts in America."

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Wednesday March 11, 2020 | by Andrew Page

Salem cancels upcoming 2020 International Flameworking Conference citing coronavirus concerns

Citing consultations with health officials, Salem Community College has officially cancelled the 2020 International Flameworking Conference (IFC), which had been scheduled to run from March 20th through 22nd. The announcement explains the college is "acting to protect the safety and welfare of the glass community and other members of the public."

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courtesy: mary childs and the duncan mcclellan gallery

Tuesday March 10, 2020 | by Farah Rose Smith

After the success of the 2019 GAS conference, St. Petersburg glass-art venues celebrate the "Glass Coast"

Energized by their successful run as the host city of the 2019 Glass Art Society Conference, St. Petersburg's vibrant, contemporary local glass community have come together for a glass-centric event which will "acquaint people with the art of the glass medium and the area artists working in glass," according to the event announcement. Taking place from March 26, 2020, to March 29, 2020, the self-titled "Glass Coast" celebration will feature demonstrations and lectures by local and visiting artists, with the goal to educate the public about American and International glass art.

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Saturday March 7, 2020 | by Andrew Page

Public-access glass studios take preventative measures to protect users from spread of coronavirus

As concern mounts about the spread of Covid-19, commonly referred to as the coronavirus, glass studios in the U.S. are being proactive and hope to help stop the spread as the disease is just beginning to be detected. While the number of confirmed cases remain far lower than in global hot spots in China, Iran, and Italy, the lack of available testing in the U.S. has many worried that the spread of the virus has not been adequately tracked. With the Seattle and New York City regions emerging as locations where dozens of cases have been confirmed, glass studios there are taking steps to do their part in limiting the spread. In addition to UrbanGlass in New York, The Glass Quarterly Hot Sheet reached out to the glass studios at Corning (Corning, New York), Espace VERRE (Montreal), Pittsburgh Glass Center (Pittsburgh), Pilchuck (Stanwood and Seattle, Washington), and Public Glass (San Francisco, California) to ask about what steps were being taken in the face of a potential outbreak of Covid-19, and whether they were still planning to attend the Glass Art Society conference in Sweden in May.

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Split Screen

Zynsky's fused-glass-thread vessel Bald Eagle (2020) shown below a picture of a bald eagle. photo: andy morffew, courtesy: flickr; zynsky work courtesy: heller gallery, new york

Thursday March 5, 2020 | by Nick Lykoudis

OPENING: Toots Zynsky celebrates the plumage of endangered birds in New York City exhibition

Toots Zynsky's solo exhibition at New York City's Heller Gallery, which opens on March 6th, borrows its name, "Red List", from the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species. The title speaks to Zynsky's recognition of the fragility of our ecosystem and calls attention to our world's decaying biodiversity.

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The artist in her studio. photo courtesy: james schnepf and the american craft council.

Wednesday March 4, 2020 | by Farah Rose Smith

CONVERSATION: Shayna Leib talks flow, glass, and movement

Shayna Leib, whose artwork ranges from undulating undersea plant life to glistening, hyper-realistic French pastries, has appeared in 75 exhibitions since graduating from University of Wisconsin, Madison, with an MFA in glass in 2003. Her "Pâtisserie" series is currently on view in a group exhibition titled "Céramiques Gourmandes" at the Bernardaud Fondation in Limoges, France. While her impeccable desserts realized in glass and ceramic are the product of her intense precision and technical mastery, Leib's sea-inspired work is more spontaneous and flowing, inspired by her love of diving and attraction to the aquatic world. Her "Deep Aquarium" series was acquired for the permanent collection of The Deep aquarium in Hull, England.

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Jiyong Lee Mitosis

Jiyong Lee, Mitosis

Tuesday March 3, 2020 | by Nick Lykoudis

Four glass artists among finalists for Loewe Foundation Craft Prize 2020

The finalists for The Loewe Foundation Craft Prize have been announced, and four glass artists — Veronika Beckh, Jiyong Lee, Jessica Loughlin, and Tobias Mohl — are among the 30 artists short-listed. This annual prize, offered since 2017, is sponsored by the European luxury fashion house Loewe, and seeks to recognize artists that have made "fundamentally important contributions to the development of contemporary craft." The prize was developed to celebrate the luxury-goods company's origins as a 19th-century collective craft workshop, and the company's creative director, Jonathan Anderson, is among the 12 jurors. Others include award-winning architects Wang Shu and Benedetta Tagliabue, as well as museum directors Naoto Fukasawa, Olivier Gabet, and Deyan Sudjic.

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Stanze Kiley

John Kiley, Halo, 2018. H 19 in. photo: ben vanhouten

Tuesday March 3, 2020 | by Andrew Page

Venice exhibition that traces the American-Murano connection and its influence on Studio Glass pushes back opening date due to Covid-19 virus

With officials ending Venice's annual Carnival celebration two days early, and a dozen towns in the regions of Lombardy and Veneto currently under quarantine due to multiple cases of confirmed coronavirus (Covid-19), it seems prudent that the organizers of the major exhibition "Venice and American Studio Glass" would push the opening forward a month. Originally set to debut on March 23, 2020, at Le Stanze del Vetro at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice, the new opening date is April 26. Also extended is the end-date, as the exhibition will now run through August 2, 2020.

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A scene from the 2014 edition of the Glass Virus.

Monday March 2, 2020 | by Farah Rose Smith

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: The Glass Virus Think Tank VI, with the theme "Relevance of Critical Making: Practice and Education," will take place this November in Amsterdam

The Glass Virus, a Think Tank for educational strategies, is inviting researchers and postgraduates to submit abstracts for Relevance of Critical Making: Practice and Education Think Tank VI to be held at the Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, November 6-7, 2020. The deadline to submit abstracts is March 23, 2020.

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Toots Zynsky Portrait

A portrait of Toots Zynsky by Mary Van Cline as part of her ongoing "Documenta" project.

Thursday February 27, 2020 | by Farah Rose Smith

Vermont glass-artist group to celebrate tenth anniversary with Toots Zynsky lecture and member exhibition

Ten years ago, a group of glass artists decided to form a guild as a way to procure more buying power, market collectively, and simply to build a community in a large, mostly-rural New England state. The Vermont Glass Guild, a non-profit organization that now numbers more than 40 Vermont-based glass artists, will be celebrating their 10th Anniversary on May 9, 2020, with a hybrid exhibition and lecture event at the Southern Vermont Art Center's Wilson Museum that will feature a presentation by New England-based glass artist Toots Zynsky.

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