Wednesday, March 19, 8 am - 10 pm (times vary per location)
Day of Glass Chicago invites conference attendees as well as the general public on a tour of the city’s most influential glass art studios as an exciting preview for the Glass Art Society Conference. These events will be free and open to the public and will include tours, demonstrations and special exhibits of artwork. Visitors who complete the tour by visiting all participating locations will be eligible to win signature works from hosting studios. Join us for this unique opportunity to visit glass artmaking facilities in each of Chicago’s distinct and vibrant neighborhoods – see the city through the eyes of its artists!
*Some events require advanced registration. Please refer to listings for each location.
Eric Bladholm will host an Open Studio event along with an exhibition of his and other Chicago area glass artists work. Located in a former 1920s iron foundry in Chicago's unique Little Village neighborhood 15 minutes southwest of downtown, Chicago Glassworks will provide on going hot glass demos from 10am until 6pm with various artists and techniques on display, including mold blowing for sculptural use, production techniques for lighting applications, sand casting, plus other uses of hot glass.
1:30pm – 3:30pm (*Bus leaves the Palmer House at 12:30.) *This venue is not open to the public. Registration required
Tour and explore the largest art glass warehouse in North America! Handmade, hand blown, machine rolled, no longer in production and our own private collections will be explored. 75,000 square feet of unique inspiration!
Sharon Bladholm will host an Open Studio Event at Opal Glass Studios, a multifaceted 4000 sq. ft. arts studio located in a historic 1913 loft building at the Albany Carrroll Arts Building in the fresh arts area of East Garfield Park, located 15 minutes due West of downtown and 6 blocks East of the Garfield Park Conservatory. On exhibit are many sculptural works in cast glass, cast bronze, ceramic, stained glass and mixed media, in addition to originals and photos of public art projects/installations. There will be a demonstration area displaying the steps taken to produce lost wax kiln cast glass.
Much of Sharon's work has been inspired by her participation as artist on Scientific Expeditions to the Amazon. Come and enjoy refreshments in a small rain forest of art and plants!
The Glass Art Society reserves the right to deny applications for Technical Display, advertising participation, GAS membership or the conference from anyone for any reason.