Jason Howard

Skaneateles, NY

My current work and series, "Soul Cages: An exploration of change, time, and process," is about inner life forces. The simple bubble is the genesis of all blown forms in glass, perhaps even the soul of glass. I prefer to work in blown forms because they capture a touch of life and a unique part of the artistic process; the human breath. In this series, i've tried to "let go," allowing the bubbles to expand as large as they can without too much control over their shape as they inflate in one breath. Later i group them in abstract ways as they remind me of something, setting them in locally found stones, often with the living moss still intact. By piercing the bubbles with a flame and leaving only their pure form, these captured bubbles are reduced to their absolute basic structure, pure essence, or inner life force. They are not stitched or woven, but rather blown, manipulated, and fumed with precious metals.

Jay Houle

TALLAHASSEE, FL

I make kiln-fired glass vessels with needle felted elements, using a glass casting technique called pâte de verre (paste of glass). The main thread that links all my work is the visual and physical perception of texture. My forms often lean one way and bulge in another hinting at the shape of the hands that would hold them, an influence of Inuit sculptor George Arlook. I use tactile processes and materials like molding clay, plaster, glass and felted wool to create pieces that have multiple surfaces and surface textures.

Gary Genetti

WARWICK, NY

This work is a progression from my blown glass work. It is kiln formed which offers the ability to inlay color and embed the imagery between layers of glass. Each piece is sand carved, color frit inlayed and fired multiple times to achieve the desired result. The imagery is initially hand drawn and cut on a masking material covering the sheet of glass. I am inspired by ancient art from all parts of the world. My themes depict narrative events involving various flora and fauna in evocative emotional settings.

Alexander Fekete

Coudersport, PA

Glass can fascinate by the ability to contain light and reverse plasticity. Optical transparency, translucency and inner glow, needless to say broad expressive potential and bottomless variety of forms arising from its fluidity leave not much to be desired. Focus on Form has been so absorbing as to leave some unique qualities associated with glass, brilliant colors and shine especially, past the horizons of interest. Resulting objects are abstract, visually balanced, delineated by minimal representation of form and volumes. Frequently employed techniques are glass blowing, cutting, carving, sandblasting and spot polishing.

Josh Bernbaum

Brattleboro, VT

I am most interested in color, especially color relationships in the designs I create. I utilize various methods of color application. All of this coloration seen in the objects I make is done with glass, colored glass, applied with various methods. Utilizing traditional Italian cane (or striping) techniques in new and personalized ways is the driving force behind most of my current designs.

Aaron Baigelman

CHICAGO, IL

Aaron Baigelman draws inspiration from ancient architecture and objects transforming the shapes into clean and modern designs.

Scott Amrhein

SHERWOOD, WI

It has been said that "man cannot duplicate nature but merely represent it." I hope that every piece I create, combining natural and man-made materials, is a reflection of that statement. It is the discovery and application of various elemental materials which enables me to create a unique body of work. The vessels are kiln formed glass using various pyrolytic surface applications to create color, pattern and texture. Combinations of various materials are used to create the pedestals, such as wood, copper and concrete.

Hudson Beach Glass

Beacon, NY

Our functional and sculptural hand cast pieces have architectural and organic fluidity of form in thirteen brilliant colors. We use ancient processes with updated techniques to create classic yet contemporary objects. Each mold is a hand carved design. We also design and make hand blown drink ware in a palette of five colors.

Fred Kaemmer

St. Paul, MN

I use conventional glass materials in unconventional ways to decorate the interior surfaces of handblown glass vessels. This includes tumbling glass cane inside vessels to create fused "nests" of glass and applying silver and copper leaf, by hand and while the piece is still hot and on the punty, to the interior surface. Fusing the metal leaf to the interior in this fashion allows the metals and original colors of the vessel to interact and create somewhat serendipitous and new colors and patterns.

Michael Schunke & Josie Gluck

West Grove, PA

We collaborate to craft contemporary hand-blown glass designs and one-of-a-kind art objects. From consistent multiples to unique sculptural pieces, our work displays brilliant color combinations, meticulous craftsmanship and a creative approach to form.

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