|From the GAS President
The Glass Art Society is very pleased to be taking our 42nd annual conference to Toledo, Ohio. In addition to serving as home to major glass companies, a world-renowned museum glass collection, and numerous artists who began or continued their artistic careers in the area, Toledo is also the location of the 1962 workshop set up by Harvey Littleton — the workshop that is responsible for bringing us all together from around the world and into the Studio Glass Movement.
When I think about the 1962 workshop, I think of the Victor Hugo quote: “There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come.” Harvey Littleton’s workshop was an idea at the right time. It was also an idea in the right place.
The Toledo Art Museum not only provided a venue for the workshop, but the city of Toledo itself had the crucial connections to the glass industry that would enable Harvey’s idea to have a defining impact on the future of glass. With glass chemistry help from Dominick Labino (the then Director of Research at the Johns Manville Corporation) and a demonstration by Harvey Leafgreen (a retired Libbey Glass glassblower), the 10 workshop participants inadvertently set our movement in motion 50 years ago.
Over the last 50 years, studio glass has not just grown, it has covered the globe. Glass in all its respects is now taught in universities. Studio glass has seen many companies, equipment, ideas, techniques, and innovations arise from its pursuit.
As a Glass Art Society, we look forward to returning with you to Toledo to look back over the distance that US studio glass has come in its 50 years. You will see many familiar and revered names from our industry in our impressive roster of presenters. Each of these individuals has made a unique impact on our progress as a movement and as a community.
As well as assessing our past progress, we will take time during this semi-centennial celebration to discuss and determine what methods artists working with glass will need to employ to achieve the next 50 years of the Studio Glass Movement.
GAS/2012/Toledo is the right idea/at the right time/in the right place. We hope that you will come to Toledo to share your ideas, hear of other’s innovations, and join us in continuing to make a global impact with this medium that sustains and inspires us.
I look forward to seeing you in Toledo!
||A Welcome from the Conference Co-Chairs
Toledo is honored to host the 2012 Glass Art Society conference, a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Harvey Littleton-Dominick Labino workshops that launched the Studio Glass Movement in the United States.
Those innovative workshops took place at the Toledo Museum of Art, one of the host sites for this conference. TMA houses one of the world’s largest collections of historic glass and in conjunction with this conference the Museum is curating an exhibition of contemporary works in glass. The Museum campus includes a stunning Glass Pavilion designed by the Pritzker Prize-winning, Tokyo-based firm SANAA. We can’t wait to watch the GAS demonstrations in this beautiful space that uses glass for both exterior and interior walls.
Our conference program is rich with presentations by renowned artists, scientists, and writers; studio visits; workshops; auctions; and many other special events. Demonstration sites include the TMA Glass Pavilion Studio, two mobile units from Corning Museum of Glass, and the SeaGate Convention Centre, where Tech Display will be held as well. The Park Inn, our conference hotel, is in the heart of downtown Toledo and conveniently attached to the convention center.
The region’s active art community has embraced GAS, making preparations for a public Day of Glass both before and after the conference. Nearby studios have put together glassmaking workshops for artists coming early or staying late. Our favorite tourist attractions also await you, including Fifth Third Field (home of the Toledo Mud Hens) and the Veterans’ Glass City Skyway (a cable-stayed bridge whose pylon of LED lights creates unlimited color combinations). We hope you’ll also take advantage of the exciting glassmaking facility tours we have lined up; they’ll give you a sense of the region’s long and interesting track record of innovation in glass — from the 19th century, when industrial glass companies like Libbey Glass, Libbey-Owens-Ford, Owens Corning, Owens-Illinois, and Pilkington North America called Toledo home, to today, with studios at Bowling Green State University and the College for Creative Studies in Detroit “greening” their hot glass practices.
We look forward to seeing you in our city steeped in glass history for a stimulating conference that will address the important issues of our time and help build a bright future for all of us who work creatively in glass.