Studio Glass Highlights
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Emily Brock creates intricate sculptures entirely made of glass. She constructs scenes that are often inspired by everyday spaces and pull the viewer into the narrative. An example is her versions of diners that evoke a sense of nostalgia for a bygone era and simpler times. Can you spot the many details she included to make this scene life-like?
Paul Stankard is one of the founders of the Studio Glass movement of the 1960s and 70s. Most early Studio Glass artists began their careers creating paperweights and moved on to other forms. Stankard concentrated on creating the most technically sophisticated and beautiful paperweights he could imagine. Today, Stankard is acclaimed for his miniature worlds, consisting of imaginary botanicals, bees and sometimes human figures.
Paul Stankard is one of the founders of the Studio Glass movement of the 1960s and 70s. Most early Studio Glass artists began their careers creating paperweights and moved on to other forms. Stankard concentrated on creating the most technically sophisticated and beautiful paperweights he could imagine. This uncharacteristic work commemorates the agony of the September 11, 2001 events, showing two sobbing faces, with shrapnel behind.
Jon Kuhn’s diamond-like, dazzling glass cubes earned him world-renown. Unlike many other studio artists who work with molten glass, Kuhn works only with cold glass. These complex artworks are extremely labor intensive; each piece is cut, polished, and laminated to create an environment that pulls the viewer into a glittering world of color and light.
Lucio Bubacco grew up surrounded by the centuries-old glass culture of the island of Murano, Italy. He invented a glass technique to sculpt bodies that appear in motion. His figures are precariously placed in poses that make for a lively arrangement. He uses a delicate soda-lime glass mixture instead of the sturdier Pyrex to achieve a more vibrant, colorful result.
Howard Ben Tré casts glass sculptures using similar techniques he learned while casting metal sculpture. These solid, monumental works often have a green tinge and appear to glow as light passes through. Architectural elements and archeological remains inspire Ben Tré. Works like this one, which weighs well over 500 pounds, will take over two months to cool after molten glass is poured into a mold.
Like many studio glass artists, Richard Royal conceives of his work in series. He views his series in autobiographical terms. This work is part of his “Relationship” series which he started following his marriage in 1989. This work represents the flowering of the series as it shows the abstracted arms of a mother and father holding a child at the center.
Mark Peiser was nearly thirty years old when he visited Penland School in 1967 to learn glassblowing. After three days at the School, he found that he wanted to pursue glass seriously and requested to apply for a position as an artist in residence. The director appointed him to the position for the winter with little explanation after they had a casual conversation. Blue Opal Flowers is from the earliest phase of Peiser's work.