Hot Glass Bits 2013-15 Notes

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Like other online issues of HGB, this one is in reverse date order (for online reading of the newest stuff at the top.)

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June 12-14, 2015
GlassWeekend '15 at WheatonArts in
Millville NJ
Jun 5 - 7, 2015  
Glass Art Society 44th Annual Conference
in San Jose, CA

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MORE GLASS, NEW GLASS REVIEW -  As it does once a year, GLASS journal has sent out then Summer 2013 issue with New Glass Review 34 sbrink wrapped to it. I had not looked much at NGR in the past, not sure why. My memory is of articles with examples of glass and discussion of trends, but going into the beginning of this one it is exemplified by dozens pictures of glass in forms well out to the edges of my imagining. To Our Readers cites "a total of 1010 individurals and companies from 48 countries, submitted 2,973 digital images. The 100 objects illustrated were selected by four jurors...." More images follow the text of jurors' statement including 25 pages of Important Acquisitions of various museums..
 The submissions statement caused me to look to the submission requirements for NGR35 on the invitation application that forms the last page of the book. Applicants can submit up to 3 highest resolution digital images of 1 to 3 objects created between Oct. 1, 2012 and Oct. 1, 2013, and these must be submitted on CD-ROM only. A fee of $20 is required.
I would not dare to begin to categorize the many objects included, but I was startled by the number of items that are very big as well as those that look much bigger than they are. The first I saw appeared be a huge rounded building of glass brick with a clear doorway and a fiberous roof which turned out to be actual grass on a piece only 10 inches (25.5 cm) in diameter with something related to video projection. (p.21 Deirdre Feeney, Rep.of Ireland.)  Other examples of scale distortion included small (10 cm - 4 in.) pieces that bulged like the armful of Pate de verre of Wendi Xie (p.55)
Copies of the issue and previous ones are available from the Corning Museum of Glass - click on New Scripts Review.
GLASS brings reminders of the ongoing recession with both the American GAS and equivalent GAA of Canada cancling their 2013 Conferences (actually long before my writing date.)  The first three main ariticles explore Anna Skibska fine webbed sculptures in torch worked glass, James Turrell's light patterns sculpted with glass, and Claire Liberman's apparent alternation between glass blobs of color and fanciful all glass guns. The fourth article looks back on the history of the River Falls WI, glass program, linked to a "Glass Legacy" exhibition at the Bergstrom Mahler Museum, Neena WI
GLASS: The UrbanGlass Art Quarterly, has piled up two issues, Fall and Winter, while I have been inattentive and distracted. For those few who don't know, the journal is the only frequently published art glass magazine in the U.S. and it resolutely excludes the technical aspects of doing glass while attracting beautiful ads from all the major galleries and museums that take glass seriously. Typically, four or five major articles with lots of images and discussion of artist motivation and development are surrounded with a dozen or more one page reviews of American and international shows and stories of glass events, as well as lists of schools and suppliers to the art glass community. The Winter issue, 129, features John Kiley, Axel Russmeyer, Einer & Jamex de la Torre, and Jean-Michel Othoniel.  The Fall issue, 128, presents Bertil Vallien,  Joel Philip Myers, Maria Roosen, and Marc Petrovic and a long article anchoring the foundations of the art glass movement in Madison WI with Harvey Littleton on the 50th Anniversary of his short workshop at the Toledo Museum of Art, usually cited as the seminal event. 2012-02-16.
GLASSWEEKEND 13, June 7-9, 2013, is a biennial affair primarily for collectors, "An International Symposium and Exhibition of Contemporary Glass" having a curator or teaching kind of person as keynote speaker, Judith Schaechter this year, with demonstrating artists Beth Lipman, Davide Salvadore, and Hiroshi Yamano  in the setting of the old Wheaton glass factory now a major glass museum now called WheatonArts in the southern New Jersey town of Millville once the center of major glass manufacturing in the hand blown utility glass era.  2013-02-15