The Pacific Northwest loves glass, and everyone wants in on the action! For the 2011 conference, not just one but three cities are celebrating a Day of Glass. Tacoma and Seattle on June 1; Everett on June 5.
Come early to the GAS conference and spend the day in Tacoma, the City of Glass. Need transportation? Sign up in advance for GAS transportation ($45) on the Registration page.
At the Museum of Glass: 10 am - 5 pm All glass, all the time! Visit the museum that puts artists at center stage, every day, in the world’s largest hot-shop amphitheater. Exhibitions of glass featured daily, too.
In the Hot Shop: Richard Royal 10 am - 1 pm After three decades as an integral member of the Studio Glass Movement, Richard Royal, who is recognized as one of the master glassblowers in the U.S., is still dreaming big.
Rik Allen & Shelley Muzylowski-Allen 2 pm - 5 pm Watch these glass sculptors take on the challenge of creating a work of art designed by a child for the popular Kids Design Glass program.
In the Grand Hall: Non-stop flameworking!
In the Galleries: Kids Design Glass Glimmering Gone: Beth Lipman and Ingalena Klenell Fertile Ground Masters of Studio Glass: Richard Craig Meitner
Outdoors: Fluent Steps by Martin Blank (pictured above) Water Forest by Howard Ben Tré Chihuly Bridge of Glass by Dale Chihuly
At the Tacoma Art Museum: 10 am - 5 pm; free admission for GAS conference participants on the Day of Glass
Founded in 1935, this cherished museum has built a permanent collection of 3,500+ works. It boasts the largest, most comprehensive public collection of glass art by Tacoma native Dale Chihuly. While the collection emphasizes art by Northwest artists, it also includes key holdings in 19th-century European and 20th-century American art.
At M-Space: Special Edition of the M-Space Glass Arts Annual Twisty Cup Pro/Am
As a special treat, Joe Miller of M-Space in Tacoma presents the Twisty Cup Competition 2011, GAS edition, where glassblowers from across the globe descend on the City of Destiny to compete for fame and prizes in a battle royale. This year's competition will be called by celebrity judge Charlie Parriott and emceed by the G Man, Greg Owen.
Contestants have 10 minutes to make a twisty cup and knock it off onto the judging table. No cups are annealed, judging is done hot. The judge sets the criteria. Criteria in past events have been: performance, thinness, punty, ridge definition, evenness, number of heats, creativity, and crispness.
Prizes include Davide Fuin goblets, Spiral Arts pipe and punty, invitation to compete in the Blow Off on the Corning Road Show on June 2 at the GAS Conference, and more. Available at the event: limited edition tees, handblown twisty cups, refreshments. The event costs $20 to enter and is free for spectators, so come cheer (or heckle) your favorite glassblower. You do not need a GAS conference pass to compete or spectate.
Limited space. Pre-registration required to guarantee entry. Email to register.
M-Space is located at 2514 S Holgate in Tacoma, WA Tel 253.779.0101
Can’t make it to Tacoma? Or just want to see it again? The best of the competition demonstrate their talents again in Seattle on the CMoG Hot Glass Roadshow on Thursday, June 2. Watch for the winner at the Closing Night Party; s/he’ll be sporting the Twisty Cup champion belt!
Day of Glass – Seattle: June 1, 2011
Enjoy the 20+ glass exhibitions in Seattle — plus hot-shop demonstrations open to the public. Nancy Callan and Kait Rhoads demo at Pratt Fine Arts Center. Jason Christian, Jordon Brant, Brandon Cupp, and John Hogan demo at Seattle Glassblowing Studio.
Day of Glass Demos at Pratt Fine Art Center, 1902 S Main Street, Seattle 98114
Flameworking Karen Buhler, 10:00 am - 11:30 am Masami Uchida, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Nat Franco, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm James Minson, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
More information to come. Please check back.
Day of Glass – Everett: June 5, 2011
Visit the new Schack Art Center!
Schack Art Center welcomes the public to its brand-new, 19,000-square-foot facilities for an exciting Day of Glass. Enjoy glassblowing demonstrations as well as the Nature of Glass exhibition curated by Traver Gallery.
Demo highlights include Dante Marioni creating a piece designed by Everett native Dick Weiss.
The Nature of Glass includes glass art by Dale Chihuly, Stefan Dam, Deborah Moore, Shelley Muzylowski-Allen, Jane Rosen, Randy Walker, Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen, and Sibylle Peretti, among others.
The Schack Art Center — which opened in April 2011— has areas for art exhibitions, classes, workshops, and art production, with particular emphasis on glass. Its glass program will include a complete hot shop, a coldworking shop, and a Kiln & Flame studio.
If you need transportation, Day of Glass – Everett is one stop on the GAS exclusive tour to Pilchuck. www.schack.org