In March, as New York City went into lockdown, the creative community working at UrbanGlass — a nonprofit organization that provides glassblowing studio space, exhibitions and classes for artists and designers in Downtown Brooklyn — faced an uncertain future.
Selects is an exhibition of singular works from independent designers, presented under the umbrella of the annual Offsite contemporary design showcase by New York design magazine Sight Unseen.
The Traipse pitcher was designed by Kalen Kaminski of New York brand Upstate and produced by Grace Whiteside in her UrbanGlass studio.
In Monica Cook’s world, and by extension her solo show “Above and Below,” everything is both beautiful and decrepit. Glass serpents gleam in the sculpture “Honeypot” (2019), but the treelike structure they guard appears weathered and aged.
“People stumble upon it one night when they’re binge-watching TV and they come take a class here,” Devin Mathis, executive director of Brooklyn’s UrbanGlass, tells The Post. “A lot of individuals say they Googled to see what was out there in New York after watching the show” and came upon the studio space, which offers educational programming and has a retail shop.