Anna Boothe

ZIEGLERVILLE, PA

All works are constructed of glass elements, kiln-cast via the lost-wax casting technique from lead crystal that has been ground and polished to a variety of surface finishes. Most of the segments are first hand-carved in wax; some are directly cast from botanicals. All works are visually cohesive with regard to palette, scale, finish and subject matter. Many of the objects feature the hand motif as it ubiquitously represents a cross-cultural human tool of communication through symbolic gestures of friendship, generosity, holding, letting go, etc. The non-functional decorative works combine elements from the other objects, and comport visually and conceptually.

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RAJ KOMMINENI

ACTON. NA

Lampworked glass marbles, paperweights, and pendants. I use a propane and oxygen torch to melt glass. Using a variety of tools and gravity to shape and form glass. Many of the colors in my pieces are created using fuming with fine gold and silver.

WARNER WHITFIELD

OCALA, FL

We are working with molten borosilicate glass and fire creating original sculptural forms that are inspired by nature and movement and designed with the goal of capturing movement, light and simplistic flowing forms. The sculptures are mounted into solid wood bases. All sculptures are originals

BOYD SUGIKI & LISA ZERKOWITZ

SEATTLE, WA

We are a husband and wife team who met as graduate students at the Rhode Island School of Design and produce work collaboratively. The work we create blends contemporary design with a nod to the past. We strive to produce hand blown glass objects that are both bold and unique, and hope that people will enjoy them each day, as if every day marks a special occasion.

MICHAEL SCHUNKE & JOSIE GLUCK

WEST GROVE, PA

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

KATHLEEN M PLATE

ATLANTA, GA

Creating works of art from empty wine bottles is the ultimate alchemy and way to combine my love of ecology with my love of art and architecture. I always love finding the beauty in the unexpected, and breaking what others call rules. This led me to combine processes from different mediums (glass, ceramics, stone work) and develop a new material derived from recycled glass bottles that I was able to patent and use as the building blocks of my chandeliers. The entire process, from dumpster diving for empties, to dimming the lights for the perfect effect, are part of my art. My lighting stops people in their tracks because it is simple and beautiful, and when I tell them I made it from empty beer bottles, or sake bottles, they can't believe it. That's what a love, keeping a bottle in its original shape, color, and size, yet transforming it so radically people are stunned by its beauty. This work is one hundred percent custom.

KENNY PIEPER

BURNSVILLE, NC

My work is a celebration of traditional techniques, opulent colors and classical forms.

SCOTT HRONICH PERNICKA

SARATOGA, NY

Using a high optical quality glass and precious metals I create space and time dimensions that tickle the mind’s imagination.

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