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.

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.

AARON BAIGELMAN

CHICAGO, IL

Aaron Baigelman and Heather Ahrens have created a barware series together that draws from playful colors and is functional in form. Aaron creates larger art objects that draw inspiration from ancient architecture. He transforms these objects into clean and modern designs that are color centerpieces for the home.

SCOTT A. 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.

Meet the Artists: Boyd Sugiki and Lisa Zerkowitz of Two Tone Studios

Boyd Sugiki and Lisa Zerkowitz of Seattle’s Two Tone Studios, were the recipients of the 2014 Cohn Family Trust Prize for Excellence in Glass.

How did you first become interested in working in your medium?

Boyd started working with glass at Punahou High School in Honolulu, Hawaii. Lisa was introduced to glass at Santa Barbara City College.

What is special about the medium you work in? How does it inform the work you create?

John Geci

BAKERSVILLE, NC

In my work I try to emphasis the natural movement of the glass. I create simple but unique forms that reveal how the glass behaves when I am working it in its liquid state. I use traditional Italian techniques as well as some more unorthodox tricks to create my work.

Bruce Pizzichillo & Dari Gordon

Oakland, CA

We start our blown pieces with molten clear glass, onto which we apply layers of colored glass; many different decorative techniques are then employed within these layers of color and clear to create the final images on each vessel. The wide bands of color at the top of many of the pieces are done in the incalmo technique. We try to create a visual balance with each form, its transparency, color, and its imagery.

Boyd Sugiki & Lisa Zerkowitz

Seattle, WA

THE COHN FAMILY TRUST PRIZE FOR EXCELLENCE IN GLASS

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 everyday marks a special occasion.

Josh Simpson

Shelburne Falls, MA

My glass includes imaginary planets, vessels and sculptural work. Each piece is connected to the last, either by obvious physical traits or conceptual threads, usually involving scientific, gravitational or astrophysical themes. A deeper understanding of my work can be greatly enhanced by a viewer’s lively imagination combined with single malt scotch.

Kenny Pieper

Burnsville, NC

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

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