John Geci

Bakersville, NC

Glass is often described as a super-cooled liquid, but I prefer to think of it as static motion. I try to design pieces that retain the organic character of their molten state. Using primarily transparent colors and a few well-placed stripes, my pieces highlight the material’s transparency, fluidity and potential for brilliant coloration. Rather than making works that demand to be center stage, I envision my pieces as quiet assistants subtly enhancing the environments they are placed in.
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Trefny Dix & Bengt Hokanson

East Hampton, NY

Our blown glass vessels are sculptures. The murrini patterns and color washes in our work are used to emphasize every aspect of the sculptural forms and bring to life the glass itself. The curves are wrapped with color; tall forms are latticed with surface murrinis and clear windows are splashed with abstract murrini patterns. The glass's transparency, its rich color and its ability to become any form are all at play in our work. We use a combination of Italian, Swedish and experimental techniques to create our glass forms. Modern painting and sculpture, world textiles, urban graffiti, natural landscapes and marine life have all been inspirations for our work.
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Anna Boothe

Zieglerville, PA

With technical inspiration taken from a 19th C. French glass-casting technique known as pate de verre, my glass assemblages are created in a kiln by fusing sugary particles of lead crystal. The individual elements are first hand-carved in wax or cast directly from botanicals; and once transformed into glass, are combined to create multicolored jewel-like objects I refer to as talismans (hand-held, free-standing and wall-mounted), sculptural constructions and one-of-kind scent bottles. Imbued in each object is a reference to historical artifact, a sense of preciousness and the intangibility, yet familiarity that is associated with collaged memory.
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John & Erin Blackwell

Woodland Park, CO

2018 Best New Artist

Look close... No one else can make what we can. Using the most difficult techniques to make truly original, contemporary art, merging colors to create a feeling within, makes your heart race like an addiction when you look into the glass that is what it is all about.

Josh Bernbaum

Brattleboro, VT

I am most interested in color, especially color relationships in the designs I create. In my glass work I utilize various methods of color application. All of this coloration seen in the objects I make is done with glass, colored glass, using various methods developed over the centuries of the history of glass making that I have applied to my contemporary designs. Since molten glass is such an unforgiving and challenging substance to tame and manipulate, it is a continual learning process for anyone who chooses to utilize it as a medium.
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Aaron & Heather Baigelman

Chicago, IL

We create bespoke pieces, elegant art series and functional glassware inspired by bright colors and clean lines. Heather and Aaron collaborate on glass art to create an original series every season.
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The Best Craft I Have Ever Bought with Julie Gannaway Siglin

Tell us a bit about yourself and how you eventually became interested in a career in arts and museums? 

I started out in healthcare, enrolling in a nursing program after high school, but fairly quickly realized nursing was not for me after questioning my bravery in the face of blood and understanding of biochemistry. While rethinking my path, I took a part-time job at the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, PA and was hooked. From there I went to work for a cultural accessibility organization and have held roles with several other museums and nonprofits.

John Geci

Bakersville, NC

Glass is often described as a super-cooled liquid, but I prefer to think of it as static motion. I try to design pieces that retain the organic character of their molten state. Using primarily transparent colors and a few well-placed stripes, my pieces highlight the material’s transparency, fluidity and potential for brilliant coloration. Rather than making works that demand to be center stage, I envision my pieces as quiet assistants subtly enhancing the environments they are placed in.
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Michael Mikula

Cleveland, OH

Industrial architectural landscapes and the restless energy of civilizations point the way for this body of work. Multipart graphite molds are used as a tool to reinterpret architecture in blown glass. With a jazz-like sense of improvisation, I compose each mold from a large and growing library of hand cut graphite. As a result, no two compositions are alike. Glass is gathered onto a blow pipe, cast into the mold and then inflated to create a softly flowing interior surface. Once cooled, the resulting deeply dimensional blown forms are cut open and apart, polished and thoughtfully recomposed within an integral metal armature of anodized aluminum and stainless steel. I also make a series of related sculptural vessels that were the genesis of the current sculptures. All works are one of a kind.
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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 – depth, transparency, reflection and refraction. My attention to strong form is a very important factor in my work. This thought 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.
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