Daniel Clayman, who is known for geometric, minimalist sculptures cast in glass, is the subject of the latest documentary short in the “Master Class Series” produced by The Corning Museum of Glass. Casting Glass with Daniel Clayman follows the artist and his team through each step of kiln-casting with glass. Focusing on the creation of two large-scale pieces—one from his amphora project and Aspen Spire, an austere work Clayman calls a “physical manifestation of a beam of light”—Clayman provides a visual play-by-play of the labor-intensive processes behind his art, discussing modeling, rapid prototyping, and various wax techniques. Highly informative and instructional, Casting Glass with Daniel Clayman will benefit those interested in kiln-casting processes, particularly students and artists.
Viewing: DVD Review
From a structural standpoint, John Waterman’s “My Glass Odyssey” is the polar opposite to today’s fast-cutting, nonstop action movies. The film moves systematically (at times ploddingly) from city to city, and Waterman asks every artist he encounters along the way a very similar battery of questions. The film, which won silver awards at the Honolulu and Las Vegas film festivals this year, starts in Boca Raton, Florida, at artist Jim Thibeaux’s T-Boca Hot Glass. Thibeaux describes how his girlfriend came back looking bedraggled from a college glassblowing class in 1973. The more she described the class’s “third-world studio,” the intense heat of the furnace and the glass, the more his interest was piqued. “It’s been a love affair ever since,” he says.
William Gudenrath inhabits and moves between his roles as an artist, scholar, teacher, and glassblower with a flawless choreography that filmmaker Robin Lehman, a two-time Academy-Award winner, has skillfully captured in his latest film in the “Glass Masters at Work” series from The Corning Museum of Glass. Brimming with amusing and educational anecdotes, analysis, and studio sessions, the film exposes viewers to Gudenrath’s relaxed, but often clinical, approach to glass. His interest in accurately reproducing historical glass forms (it took him a decade to unravel the process behind a piece of Dutch bit work from the 17th century) allows him to inhabit other roles as a dissector and forensic scientist of glass.
In a new half-hour documentary from Corning entitled Working with Murrine with Davide Salvadore, the artist admits he never expected to reach the top level of glassblowing despite his connections (his grandfather was a glassblower who brought him to work at the studio of glass master Alfredo Barbini among others). “To be sure, I always thought I would get to make what I wanted,” said Salvadore, early in the film. “Meaning, not just what I could do technically, but doing my own thing.” Using his considerable talents and undeniable mastery of traditional technique, Salvadore has done exactly that, creating a unique and identifiable style of work that features bold murrine patterns on a series of sculptures shaped like African-stringed instruments that sell for tens of thousands of dollars.
Glass Masters at Work
A Film by Robin Lehman
Corning Museum of Glass
83 min, $19.95
The career-spanning love affair between Mark Matthews and glass spheres is well known, but through the lens of veteran filmmaker Robin Lehman, Matthews’ virtuosity, versatility, and ebullience receive their due.