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.
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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.
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KENNY PIEPER

BURNSVILLE, NC

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

CORNING, NY

My goal as a glassmaker is to create pieces that share my notions and aesthetics of glass; its curiosities, its beauty.
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NICK LEONOFF

BROOKLYN, NY

The luminescent qualities of glass appeal to me as it responds to light. I am drawn to the potential of a material that can vary from a translucent to an opaque medium in a brilliant range of colors and gradations. I create blown glass using Swedish overlay techniques layering colored glass in the walls and on the surface of the glass forms. I carve the surface of the pieces with diamond wheels to remove layers of glass and expose colors within the piece. The blown pieces become the canvas for the carving process and the carving becomes the core of the design in each piece. Through this coldworking process I have been able to explore the potential of the material and focus my artistic vision.
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HUDSON BEACH GLASS

BEACON, NY

We make functional and sculptural hand cast pieces that 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. All our work is available in a Beach or Jewel finish. We also design and make hand blown drink ware in a palette of five colors. We are located in a renovated ice house in the Hudson Valley of New York state.
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JOHN J. GECI

BAKERSVILLE, NC

Glass is often described as a super-cooled liquid, but I prefer to think of it as static motion. I 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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ALEX 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. What may have been seen as counterintuitive in the early days of my exploits, thick walls and absence of color gained acceptance through obsessive pursuit of the Form. 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. The use of negative space and precarious placement of pebbles imply visual tension.
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ANNA BOOTHE

ZIEGLERVILLE, PA

THE COHN FAMILY TRUST PRIZE FOR EXCELLENCE IN GLASS
JUDGES: JONATHAN COHN AND SHARYN O’MARA

With technical inspiration taken from a 19th C. French glass-casting technique known as pate de verre, my glass objects are individually cast in a kiln from small particles of lead crystal. All of the individual elements are first hand-carved in wax or cast directly from botanicals; and once transformed into glass, are combined to create small sculptural pieces and pseudo-functional vessels, flasks and goblets. 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 hollow pieces address the conceptual role of vessels as holders of history and memory: goblets denote ritual and celebration, while flacons hold scents and their associated reminiscences.
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