Wednesday April 23, 2014 | by Samuel J. Paul

VIDEO: Romina Gonzales and Edison Zapata discuss their improvisational approach to design

On view at the Agnes Varis Art Center at UrbanGlass through May 27, 2014, is the design work of the collaborative team of Romina Gonzales and Edison Zapata. Entitled "Off-Centre," the exhibition celebrates the spontaneity and improvisational nature of glassblowing, and the work mixes the serendipitous with the carefully wrought in work that intentionally builds a tension between rigid perfection and happy accident. Peruvian native Gonzales, who holds a BFA in studio art from New York University, and Australian Zapata, a highly skilled glassblower who holds an MFA from Tama Art University in Tokyo, have developed a unique collaborative relationship that has resulted in a wide ranging design line that overturns some of the devotion to precision that characterizes contemporary design. 

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Venues for the 2015 conference have not yet been announced. Will the San Jose Museum of Art be among them?

Tuesday April 22, 2014 | by Samuel J. Paul

Glass Art Society 2015 conference in San Jose accepting proposals for presentations

UPDATED 4/23/2014

The Glass Art Society will hold its 2015 conference in San Jose, California, with a unique Friday through Sunday schedule that departs from the more typical mid-week kick-off. Though venues are still not finalized, the organization has locked in the dates of June 5 - 7, 2015, and announced the theme: "Interface: Glass, Art, and Technology," based in part on the event's planned Silicon Valley location. The Glass Art Society was founded in 1971 with the purpose of promoting and developing the work of glass art, along with supporting glass artists worldwide, and next year will be the 44th annual event.

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Work by Lisa Demagall

Thursday April 17, 2014 | by Paulina Switniewska

Pittsburgh Glass Center to exhibit work by four emerging female artists

The Pittsburgh Glass Center’s newest exhibition titled, "Breaking Through: Moving 4ward," is slated to open at the Hodge Gallery on May 2, 2014 and run through July 20, 2014. The four up-and-coming women artists whose work will be featured— Lisa Demagall, Laura Beth Konopinski, Anna Mlasowski, and Nadine Saylor — have each spent a month in residence at PGC, where they experimented with new techniques for their craft, displaying varying styles and concepts as they worked from four different studios within PGC.

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Karen Lise Krabbe, Blind Boxes for Nothing, 2012. Sandcast Pate de verre. H 9 1/2 in. (tallest)

Tuesday April 15, 2014 | by Andrew Page

Coburg Glass Prize awarded to Danish artist Karen Lise Krabbe

Filed under: Award, Exhibition, New Work, News

The fourth Coburg Prize for Contemporary Glass was awarded over the weekend, with the top honor including a 15,000 Euro (more than US$ 20,000) prize going to Karen Lise Krabbe of Denmark. Open to European artists working with glass, the richest prize in glass is awarded at multi-year intervals. The first was given in 1977, followed by 1985, and 2006. Second prize was awarded to American Jeff Zimmer (currently living in Scotland and thus qualifying for the competition). Sylvie Vandenhoucke of Belgium won third prize.

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Tuesday April 15, 2014 | by Andrew Page

PERFORMANCE: Classic Greek play of vengence adapted for glass studio event

Filed under: Events, New Work, News

Billed as a "glassblowing-theater adaptation," a novel production of the Euripedes' drama Medea will fuse the sights, heat, and sounds of glassblowing with ancient Greek tragedy that charts the horrific vengence undertaken by a woman scorned. Patricia Coleman, a New York City writer and theater director, has adapted the classic drama "developing a pared-down text that goes to the heart of female aggression," according to a Website about the upcoming event, taking place at the for-profit studios of Brooklyn Glass for four performances (on April 18, 19, 25, and 26th at 8 pm).

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Friday March 28, 2014 | by Andrew Page

OPENING: Museum survey of emerging European glass artists celebrates new generation

"European Glass Experience: Undiscovered Potential" is an exhibition celebrating a new generation of contemporary glass artists organized by the City of Venice in collaboration with the Murano Glass Museum and a consortium of glass businesses in Murano. The exhibition began as a competition funded by a European Union grant, and the project is a partnership with European cultural instutitions and production centers in Finland, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. The result is a touring exhibiton glass sculptures and drawings that opens today at the Finnish Glass Museum and runs through June 8, 2014. The exhibiiton will then move to the Fundación Centro Nacional del Vidrio in Segovia, Spain, with a final stop in Spring 2015 at the Museo del vetro in Venice, Italy.

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Panel depicting Jared

Thursday March 27, 2014 | by Paulina Switniewska

Twelfth-century stained-glass windows from the Canterbury Cathedral on display at The Cloisters

The Canterbury Cathedral, whose name many will recognize from Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales as a famed pilgrimage destination, and one of the oldest Christian structures in England, has been the site of stained glass windows of staggering historical importance and beauty. For the first time, six of these priceless windows, have been temporarily removed from their home of nine centuries, and are on view for a limited time at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Cloisters Museum. Through May 18th, 2014, six life-sized stained glass panels depicting Christ’s ancestors and created in 1178-80 make up the "Radiant Light: Stained Glass from the Canterbury Cathedral" exhibition, which will be on display as part of the Upper Manhattan institution's 75th anniversary year.

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Shiro Kuramata, Glass Chair, 1976. (Number 22 of an edition of 40, executed by Mihoya Glass Co. Ltd., Japan). Glass and Photobond 100 adhesive. Estimate: $30,000 to 50,000.

Wednesday March 26, 2014 | by Andrew Page

AUCTION: Christie’s upcoming sale of legendary dealer Barry Friedman’s glass collection

Filed under: Auction, Events, News

Art dealer Barry Friedman, who announced his plans to retire this month back in November 2013, is auctioning off his substantial holdings in 20th- and 21st-century decorative arts and design, fine art, photography, ceramics, and glass. A total of 400 lots are going up for a series of auctions at Christie's Rockefeller Plaza location that, for glass collectors, will culminate in the sale of his holdings in Italian and contemporary glass in the morning and the afternoon of Thursday, March 27th respectively.

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Wednesday March 26, 2014 | by Andrew Page

Winner of the 2014 Borowsky Prize, Helen Lee will lecture at UArts

Filed under: Award, Education, Events

The inaugural Irvin Borowsky Prize in Glass Arts, an annual juried award that includes a $5,000 gift, was won by artist and University of Wisconsin, Madison, assistant professor Helen Lee. As part of the 2014 prize, she will deliver a special lecture at 6:30 this evening at University of the Arts's CBS Auditorium in Dorrance Hamilton Hall. Lee holds a BSAD in architecture from the Massachusetts Institute for Technology and an MFA from RISD. 

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The Hot Shop room of the newly reconstructed Glass Art Centre.

Tuesday March 25, 2014 | by Samuel J. Paul

A new interactive glass art facility opens in the Czech Republic

Filed under: Education, Events, News

With the opening of the Glass Art Centre in Sazava, the Czech Republic has opened a new door of interaction and opportunity for glass artists and aspiring artists. It will also help promote glass art to the general public. “There is not any other place in the Czech Republic at the moment, which would offer the same interactive environment and conditions for visitors, artists, experts and students as our new Glass Art Centre in Sazava,” said Frantisek Janak, an Art Manager at the Glassworks Frantisek, a newly renovated, non-profit organization owned by the “Josef Viewegh´s Foundation Glassworks Frantisek.” It was previously an old glassworks, part of the Kavalier Company.

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