On Saturday, October 10, the owners of Philadelphia’s Silica Galleries, which specializes in flameworked glass sculpture, will open a high-end flameworked glass pipe exhibition space in New York City. Located in the heart of the hip Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg, Easy Street Gallery will seek “to present pipe making in a new light, featuring a highly talented new artist each month,” according to a gallery announcement. Continue reading
Monthly Archives: October 2009
Opening: A high-end borosilicate pipe gallery seeks to elevate the form in New York City hipster enclave
A conversation with the owner of a brand-new art and design gallery in Brooklyn that features work in glass
Last March, Michele Casciolo opened her new design showroom called Magasin Totale in a former industrial building that has been turned into a mix of artist studios and art and design galleries in the Brooklyn waterfront neighborhood known as DUMBO. In her 7th floor showroom, Casciolo meets with interior designers, architects, and individual collectors by appointment, to share her love of work in various materials, but especially glass.
“I respond to color and form, and the way those two elements interact with light” says Casciolo. “No other medium combines them more beautifully.”
Watching “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” on television used to be a childhood October ritual, depending on one’s age. Now the great pumpkin has come to the Corning Museum of Glass in a very literal sense, with its exhibition of the “world’s largest” blown-glass pumpkin, a cheery, mottled monster with a circumference of more than eight feet. Continuing the theme is this year’s Great Glass Pumpkin Patch at the Bay Area Glass Institute (BAGI), a large-scale installation of glass pumpkins produced by 45 artists, the fourteenth such installation in as many years. While these proliferating glass pumpkin events (for other examples, see here, here, and here) present themselves as family-friendly means to get into the spirit of autumn and learn more about the process of glass-blowing, they also open up interesting discussions about the iconography of the pumpkin as an object—and why glass is such an interesting material from which to fashion it.
Tomorrow night, Penland School of Crafts hosts an opening reception for “The Barns: 2009,” its showcase exhibition of seven artists-in-residence working in ceramics, wood, metal, or glass, who will be celebrated for the progress they’ve made during one of the most important residencies available to artists working in craft media. Among the standouts are the notable vessel groupings of glassblower Devin Burgess, whose newest work reveals a sophisticated exploration of asymmetry. Continue reading