Claire Kelly – The Curious Whimsy of Glass Art

(Above: Domine - 2020 - Featured as a livestream demo at the Corning Museum of Glass)

“There is a curiosity, which informs my work and what may be seen in my toy-like animals, and, most importantly, what they see when they look back at us.”

Minh Martin

Charlottesville, VA

I work in blown glass using traditional tools and techniques. I seek to distill classic ideas and forms and reinterpret them in a contemporary aesthetic. Much of my work includes the use of metals such as silver and titanium. Other techniques include etching, threading, and incalmo. All pieces are free blown and annealed.

Mark Sudduth

Cleveland Heights, OH

There is a quality in glass that is generated by the glass itself. Those qualities are elusive, intriguing and seductive. I make them as much a part of my work as possible. I work with thick glass because it exhibits qualities which interest me including depth, transparency, reflection and refraction. My attention to strong form coupled with the cold work to cut, polish, engrave, highlight surfaces using lathes, merkers, dynafiles and flexible shafts incorporating stone and diamond wheels and other various tools evident in the canted forms and anklets, gives my work a unique presence.

Thomas Spake

Chattanooga, TN

To me, glass is transparent, translucent or opaque, giving it the capacity to mimic the world around us; water, clouds, rock, forests, mountains. By using unconventional techniques along with the inherent chemistry of the metal oxides that formulate the colored glass, I am able to create very complex patterns that imitate natural objects or landscapes. My simple forms and shapes are intended to act as a canvas for the glass scapes to inhabit.

Michael Schunke & Josie Gluck

West Grove, PA

Together, we design and create contemporary hand-blown glass designs and one-of-a-kind art objects. With an emphasis on refinement, our collaborative designs celebrate brilliant color combinations, meticulous craftsmanship and thoughtful approaches to pattern and form.

Pavel Novak

Collingswood, NJ

I make my body of work from the highest grade of optical glass which I grind, polish, laminate, color, and sand blast. Every piece is one of a kind, and is the result of hours of labor. My work is inspired by clean geometric shapes. My work features bold colors and crisp lines that optically reflect on themselves and refract light creating kaleidoscopic results. I ultimately seek a balance of symmetry and asymmetry, shape and color.

Michael Mikula

Cleveland, OH

Architectural details, the built environment and restless energy of cities and their cultural variations and traditions point the way for this body of work in blown glass. As a designer-craftsman, I'm particularly drawn to the optimistic quality that these traditions reflect. This serves as my cue for reinterpreting them in glass. I design and hand build multi-part graphite molds as a tool to shape the glass in a positive/negative interplay.

Mark Lewanski

Portland, MI

Woven glass is an enigma, a contradiction, a complex and beautiful mystery. It challenges the observer in his perceptions of material properties. It is at once soft like a delicate fabric and cold, vitreous and eternal. I weave with glass. It's not an illusion, it is truly woven. My work is the result of skilled glass cutting, careful color selection, and precisely controlled kiln firing.

Melanie Leppla

Waitsfield, VT

This work uses rock forms as theme elements in the exploration of balance. I consider the effects of form, weight, color, pattern, opacity and translucency. I sometimes contrast rock forms with open vessel forms. I strive to create compositions that capture a moment in time when the dynamics of tension and gravity are in balance. Each piece is constructed of blown and solid glass worked and joined hot on the pipe, many are etched.

Robin Kittleson

Geneva, IL

Kiln formed glass with a focus on the functional. Made from hand pulled murrini, a traditional glass technique, reinterpreted in a modern context.


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