Saturday July 26, 2014 | by Andrew Page

OPENING: Jim Loewer’s Asian-influenced bowls and vases featured in museum shop exhibit

The Alternatives Museum Shop at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts will feature the intense colors of Jim Loewer's glass vessels in a special exhibition debuting July 31th and running through September 25th, 2014. Based in Philadelphia, Loewer was trained as a painter, but now devotes himself to flamerworked borosilicate glass vases and bowls based on forms influenced by Japanese vesselware. He is self-taught and appreciates slight irregularities in his work which adds to their character.

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John Ditchfield, Organic Mushroom Lamp (from the "Unique Collection" series).

Friday July 25, 2014 | by Lindsay Woodruff

EXHIBITION: Contemporary Glass Society showcases Northern UK glass artists in “Glass in the Bank”

The work of ten glass artists from the Northern United Kingdom is currently on display in “Glass in the Bank”, an exhibition housed in the Lytham Heritage Centre in Lytham St Anne’s, Lancashire in England. The exhibition was organized by Northern Hub of The Contemporary Glass Society, an organization that aims to support both emerging and established artists working in glass and to promote contemporary glass within the scope of the greater art world. To this end, the CGS organizes exhibitions, publishes Glass Network magazine, and holds conferences and workshops.

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"Lightness of Being / New Work," 2012 Dennos Museum Center

Thursday July 24, 2014 | by Elena Tafone

OPENING: Howard Ben Tré museum exhibition in Tacoma debuts this September

Howard Ben Tré, an artist who redefined the scale possible in glass sculpture with monumental glass totems often accented with metallic foil surfaces, will have a solo exhibition at the Museum of Glass, in Tacoma, Washington. Entitled “Lightness of Being,” the show opens September 14, and has been described as an indoor forest of vertical shapes, featuring towering sculptures cast in glass and bronze, some as much as 8-feet tall. The show seems to reprise work shown in 2012 at the Dennos Sculpture Center in Traverse City, Michigan.

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Kim Harty in a 2012 photograph.

Wednesday July 23, 2014 | by Andrew Page

College for Creative Studies names Kim Harty head of glass program

Filed under: Announcements, Education, News

The College for Creative Studies in Detroit has announced the appointment of Kim Harty to head the private college's glass program. Harty, whose title will be assistant professor in the college's craft department, will take over from Herb Babcock, who had led the glass section since 1974 until his recent retirement. Harty will be leading the glass program starting with the fall semester 2014, and will be part of a new generation of glass artists assuming academic positions in college and university art programs. She holds an MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago (2013) and a BFA from RISD (2006). Harty is currently a board member at the Glass Art Society and editor of the organization's GASNews publication. (Disclosure: Kim Harty is also the former managing editor of GLASS: The UrbanGlass Art Quarterly.)

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Toby Fraley, one of the Pittsburgh Glass Center's artists in residence, will be displaying his work in this year's Biennial. photo: nathan shaulis

Tuesday July 22, 2014 | by Elena Tafone

Pittsburgh Glass Center gives glass a larger role in regional art biennial

Filed under: New Work, News, Opening

Though not quite following the 2-year interval its name suggests (it was last held back in 2011), the 2014 Pittsburgh Biennial is an exhibition and celebration of regional artwork, and, thanks to a new program at the Pittsburgh Glass Center, it also includes fresh expressions in glass thanks to the pairing of artists who don't work in glass with skilled glass makers. In the 20 years since the biennial exhibition was launched at the Center for the Arts, it has steadily grown to become the largest showcase of contemporary art in Western Pennsylvania, and has spread out to take place at several venues in the Pittsburgh area.

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Roger MacPherson officially took the reins as president of the artist organization at the 2014 conference in Chicago.

Monday July 21, 2014 | by Andrew Page

A conversation with Glass Art Society president Roger MacPherson

Filed under: News

UPDATED 7/21/2014 2 PM EST

Since taking over in March 2014, new Glass Art Society president Roger MacPherson has already brought his experience as a successful businessman to the artist organization, emphasizing advance planning, prioritizing key projects, and fundraising. A glass collector and amateur glass artist, MacPherson is the principal at MacPherson Construction & Design, a suburban Seattle full-service home design and building company specializing in waterfront homes. He is no stranger to the nonprofit world, with his long involvement with the Pratt Fine Arts Center, where he served as president as well as many other board roles. He is also active on the Pilchuck and Artist Trust boards.

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Caroline Ouellette, "The stories we do tell", 2013. Kiln cast objects suspended in glass jars of glycerine.

Friday July 18, 2014 | by Lindsay Woodruff

OPENING: Caroline Ouellette explores memories through the senses in Australian exhibit “In Vitro”

UPDATED 7/29/14

“The pleasure of the senses comes back to me from my innocent childhood days…”, Caroline Ouellette begins to explain in her artist statement, referring to memories of her imagination and absorption in nature as a youth as her inspiration for her works in glass. A Canadian artist, Ouellette has been studying at the South Australian School of Art. She is also a graduate of Espace Verre in Montreal. Before moving to Australia for her studies, she and her husband, Patrick Primeau, owned Welmo Glass Studio in Ste-Julie, Canada.

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Pyrex glass sculptures by Jane D'Arensbourg

Thursday July 17, 2014 | by Paulina Switniewska

OPENING: Jane D’Arensbourg’s borosilicate creations debuting in Manhattan retail space tonight

Glass and jewelry artist Jane D’Arensbourg, known for her unique styles of wearable glass and multimedia art and sculpture, will be showcasing her work tonight at retail store and gallery “Project No. 8” at 38 Orchard Street, New York. D’Arensbourg possesses many items in her repertoire, including smaller sculptures, rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and other etceteras. The exhibition will commence at 6 PM, with refreshments provided by Fung Tu restaurant. 

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The Association of Clay and Glass Artists of California will be hosting its third Clay & Glass Biennial in 2015.

Wednesday July 16, 2014 | by Lindsay Woodruff

CALL FOR ENTRIES: Association of Clay and Glass Artists accepting submissions for juried exhibition

UPDATED 7/29/14

The Association of Clay and Glass Artists of California, an organization that provides exhibition opportunities for artists working in ceramics and glass, is accepting entries to the 3rd Clay & Glass Biennial. Artists in the United States working in clay or glass are eligible to submit up to three artworks for consideration to be included in the exhibition, which will be held from January 24 through March 6, 2015 at The City of Brea Art Gallery in Orange County, California. This national competition will be juried by glass artist Mary Bayard White and ceramicist Lana Wilson, who will determine winners for people's choice award in clay and in glass for $200 each, and the winners for best in show in clay and glass will each be awarded $500.

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Claire Lieberman, Camo Frosted Sparkle Shooter, 2010. H 7 1/2, W 4 1/2, D 2 1/4 in. photo: ken kashian

Tuesday July 15, 2014 | by Elena Tafone

OPENING: Claire Lieberman brings her glass guns to Brooklyn art center

Filed under: Exhibition, New Work, News, Opening

Located on Brooklyn’s Red Hook waterfront, the Hot Woods Art Center will host the opening reception for a duo exhibition on July 25, featuring the glass firearms of multimedia artist Claire Lieberman. Since 1999, Lieberman has explored and subverted the functionality of form with her “Ice Gun” series. The guns, like something from an 80s sci-fi flick, are meant to be cartoonish in their design. Over the years, they have only become less and less realistic, most lacking vital components, such as bullets and triggers, that would make the firearms functional. This “purely aesthetic” effect is enhanced by the glass from which these pieces are sculpted. While some are colored, creating an almost candy like appearance, the majority are clear, as if crafted from ice.   

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