2014 Chicago Program

Lectures
Lec-Mos
Demonstrations
Panels
Forums

 

LECTURES

KEYNOTE ADDRESS 

Theaster Gates: Reflections on the Future of Making
Palmer House, Grand/State Ballroom
Thursday, March 20, 11:45 am - 12:30 pm

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The 2014 Keynote lecturer Theaster Gates will speak on the following: "We've always had skilled hands, but these cannot be disconnected from the challenges embedded in this political moment. Our skills can allow us to be thoughtful about how the world works. My talk will offer a few examples of how making and makers make things better."
theastergates.com


LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT LECTURE 

Dan Dailey: Illustrating with a Glass Palette
Palmer House, Grand/State Ballroom
Thursday, March 20, 9:45 am - 10:30 am

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2014 Glass Art Society Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Dan Dailey, will show and describe works from 1970 -2013, which represent a combination of functional form, stylization of nature and social commentary. He will explain his personal process of observation and illustration, as well as the translation from 2-D to 3-D. Dan will also discuss his working processes with studio assistants, glassblowing teams, factory facilities and various remote workshops.
dandailey.com

 

LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP AWARD ACCEPTANCE

Shane Fero 
Palmer House, Grand/State Ballroom
Thursday, March 20, 9:15 am - 9:30 am

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shanefero.net

 

LABINO LECTURE

Sophie Kahn & Norwood Viviano: Digital Playground: The Power of CAD and 3D Printing
Palmer House, Grand Ballroom
Friday, March 21, 11 am - noon

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Sophie Kahn and Norwood Viviano will provide an overview of their individual studio practices, which blur the boundaries between virtual and material.  Kahn’s work incorporates 3d printing and scanning, including video works that simulate glass. Viviano's work utilizes digital 3D computer modeling and 3D printing in combination with glass blowing and casting processes. 
sophiekahn.net     
norwoodviviano.com

 

STRATTMAN LECTURE

James Yood: W(h)ither Glass? The Next 50 Years
Palmer House, Grand Ballroom
Friday, March 21, 9:30 am - 10:30 am

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Now that we're past the 2012 spectacle of patting ourselves on the back for turning 50, it's time to take our temperature and engage in some future-think.  What is the role of sculpture in glass in contemporary art?  What is/are its potential future(s)?  Will we turn 100, and if so, resembling what?
saic.edu/profiles/faculty/jamesyood/

 

WILLSON LECTURE

Albert Paley: Glass & Steel: The Sympathy of Opposites
Palmer House, Grand/State Ballroom
Thursday, March 20, 10:45 am - 11:30 am

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For over twenty years, Albert Paley has been involved in an independent body of work that integrates glass and steel. Although the logistics, methodology, and material characteristics are extremely different, the fundamental aspect of heat and manipulation in form development is the same. His approach therefore has focused on sculpture within an organic design construct, stressing the aspect of cause and effect, equilibrium, contrast, resulting in the synergistic relationship of these two materials. albertpaley.com

 


Thumb-Berger Alison Berger: Reinterpretation Through a Modern Lens
Palmer House, Grand Ballroom
Saturday, March 22, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

The lecture will describe Alison Berger's artistic narrative, inspirations, and the processes that she uses to transform historical references into timeless works. alisonbergerglassworks.com


Thumb-Detroit GlassDetroit Glass House: Taylor Kurrle & Andrea Oleniczak:
Contemporary Tools: 3D Printing to Seed Funding
Palmer House, State Ballroom
Saturday, March 22, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

This lecture will cover potential applications of modern technology with glass, public access fabrication studios and opportunities for business development. detroitglasshouse.com


Thumb-DuGrenierRobert DuGrenier: Successful Collaborations: Going Beyond the Limits of Your Own Studio Space
Palmer House, Grand Ballroom
Friday, March 21, 8 am - 9 am

Occasionally, a client requests work that you cannot do on your own - Robert will talk about some of the collaborative work that he has done to achieve the best results for his clients. dugrenier.com


Thumb-Durran.jpgMatt Durran: Face Saving
Palmer House, State Ballroom
Friday, March 21, 11 am - noon

By adapting the use of contemporary glass skills into cutting edge medical technology, Matt Durran will be demonstrating in his presentation how new moulding systems and creative artistic thought are allowing us to develop synthetic organs and structures for the human body. mattdurran.com


Thumb-Jorgensen-Matthias.jpgTavs Jorgensen & Gayle Matthias: Glass Mold Innovation Through Collaborative Research
Palmer House, State Ballroom
Friday, March 21, 9:30 am - 10:30 am

This presentation concerns a project which has established a new method of creating glass casting molds directly from 3D computer drawings, thereby eliminating the need for a physical mould pattern. The technique is the result of collaborative research at Falmouth University (UK), which seeks to combine knowledge from creative studio practice with new approaches in digital fabrication. autonomatic.org.uk    


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Steven Ciezki, Karen Donnellan, Charlotte Potter
Palmer House, Monroe Room
Friday, March 21, 8 am - 9:30 am

View the online catalogue. Each year the Glass Art Society selects a few emerging artists to present lectures at its annual conference.  Through these lectures, artists with promising talent are afforded the opportunity to introduce their work to a large international audience.

Steven Ciezki, "Sweet Spot" - When things line up at a monocular viewpoint, this noisy chaotic world of visual stimulation is silenced by necessary order.  I want to share my rediscovery of what makes something fresh as I recapture moments of pure bliss through the numerous properties of glass.

Karen Donnellan, "The Intangible in Practice" - Karen Donnellan speaks about her work concerning the illustration of that which cannot be held physically; the intangible essence of things. Her work is informed by the esoteric and the potential for illumination by way of manipulating subtle energy and material. The practices surrounding the hands on healing technique of Reiki and its holistic philosophies have a prevailing influence.

Charlotte Potter, "Between Self and Other" - This artist lecture will explore my current studio practice and the human desire and dilemma to bridge the unfathomable distance between each other. My work explores the space between my self and the other, both tangibly and metaphysically. I am constantly looking for historical references, relevance, and reasoning for using glass as a material. My works begin with historical model, paying homage to traditional glass techniques, or industries that have used glass, which I refashion to create commentary on our present moment in time.

 

LEC-MOS

Thumb-Bubacco_Duruerk.jpgLucio Bubacco, M. Fatih Duruerk & Omur Duruerk: Low Relief: Flameworked Glass Figures Don’t Collapse in the Kiln
West Supply, Upstairs Loft
Friday, March 21, 3 pm - 4:30 pm

This presentation will show the step-by-step process of combining flameworking and lost wax techniques, to create flameworked figures that stay on the surface without melting.
luciobubacco.com    
karmatasarimatolyesi.com/eng/index.php?page=who


Thumb-Britton.jpgBenjamin Britton: Digital Art Techniques for Kiln-Formed Glass Art
West Supply, Upstairs Loft
Saturday, March 22, 10 am - 11:30 am

From photographs to line drawings to computer-controlled laser and waterjet cut stencils and forms, this talk will review processes and procedures used to produce 35”x20” composited glass wall panels. Including details about specific tools, software, machine-controlled processes, and file format types, some of the infinite possibilities of composition using digital art tools are documented and described for inspection and review. From traditional kiln-fusing techniques to arcane new approaches, by documenting the process of creating original works of glass art from their origins in the digital domain, suggestions for new approaches that can be blended with established techniques are presented. daap.uc.edu/academics/art/finearts/faculty/benjamin_britton.html


Thumb-Kalantari.jpgSaman Kalantari: Paper-thin Pâte de Verre: A New Approach
West Supply, Upstairs Loft
Saturday, March 22, 8 am - 9:30 am

Saman Kalantari will describe the process of using recycled paper to create glass objects, and explain how his social-political experiences in Iran and new challenges in Europe have influenced his work. samankalantari.com


Thumb-Smith.jpgStacy Lynn Smith: Powder Printing
West Supply, Upstairs Loft
Thursday, March 20, 2 pm - 4 pm

Join artist Stacy Lynn Smith as she demonstrates her powder printing technique. This method involves pressing dry glass powders through a prepared silkscreen to create images in kiln-glass with rich textures and colors that can’t be achieved with traditional printing methods. Smith will also share images of her work. stacylynnsmith.com


Thumb-Wightman.jpgKathryn Wightman:  
Collisions of Style – Printmaking ‘with’ Glass
West Supply, Upstairs Loft
Friday, March 21, 1 pm - 2:30 pm

This presentation will demonstrate the aesthetic possibilities that arise from blending glass processes with image and print based processes. It will provide a relevant context to position the processes and highlight the benefits of working cross-disciplinary. The technique of sifting and sintering multiple layers of powdered glass will be the focus of the practical demonstration. kathrynwightmanglass.co.uk

 

DEMONSTRATIONS

COLDWORKING

Thumb-King.jpgSarah King: How to Mirror Glass
Ignite Glass Studios, Coldshop
Thursday, March 20, 2 pm - 4 pm

Sarah King will show you how to create a mirrored surface on glass using silver, gold, copper and galena. She will mirror flat glass, the inside of a blown glass container and the outside of a curved glass sculpture using portable equipment and simple techniques. angelgilding.com


Thumb-Stern.jpgEthan Stern: Coldworking Beyond Tradition
Ignite Glass Studios, Coldshop
Friday, March 21, 1 pm - 4: 30 pm

"Beyond Tradition" will be a coldworking demonstration and discussion focused on glass carving and engraving techniques using a cutting lathe. With a fresh approach informed by traditional methods, diamond and stone wheels will be used to carve and create texture on the blown form. ethanstern.com


Thumb-Takemura.jpgYusuke Takemura: A Unique Way of Cutting Glass
Ignite Glass Studios, Coldshop
Saturday, March 22, 8 am - 11:30 am

Yusuke Takemura has used many different techniques to cut glass, and over time has developed his own unique method. He is currently using an engraver, which runs by compressed air, and different grits of diamond burrs and discs to cut and smooth the rim of the glass object. During his demo, Yusuke will explain this process and share ready-made objects. YusukeTakemura.com

 

FLAMEWORKING

Thumb-Carlson.jpgChris Carlson: Borosilicate Basketweave Hollow Sphere
Ignite Glass Studios, Flame area
Friday, March 21, 1 pm - 2:30 pm

Chris Carlson will be assembling flat cane squares in the flame, then into a finished hollow sphere with a tiny hole. Chris will pre-make the cane, but will show cutting, arranging, preparing the collars, assembly, shaping and cold punty seals. chriscarlson.blogspot.com

Thumb-Chapman.jpgJonathan Chapman: Building on Curiosity
Ignite Glass Studios, Flame area
Thursday, March 20, 2 pm - 4 pm

Reacting to influences dealing with science, technology, and mechanical interests, this demonstration will be an insight to Jonathan Chapman's artistic curiosities at the torch. jon-chapman.com

Thumb-Costantini.jpgVittorio Costantini: Sea Creations
West Supply, Flame area
Thursday, March 20, 2 pm - 4 pm

Vittorio studies nature and analyzes it so to try and reproduce it with the divine, inimitable, incomparable material that is glass! vittoriocostantini.com


Thumb-Cowan.jpgAmber Cowan: Morphing the Mundane
West Supply, Flame area
Friday, March 21, 1 pm - 2:30 pm

Revitalizing and reconstructing the glass in our everyday lives, this demonstration will reveal ways in which recycled and factory produced pressed-glass can be hot-worked and formed into material to be used for sculpture or jewelry. The demonstration will cover technical problem-solving for using found glass and also histories related to the factories from which our material comes. Included will be a demonstration on how to pull usable canes from scrap glass and creating components that will be constructed into a larger sculpture at the torch. ambercowan.com

Thumb-Evans.jpgMicah Evans: Working by Feel
West Supply, Flame area
Friday, March 21, 3 pm - 4:30 pm

Sometimes working with clear glass has more to do with reading the heat and by feeling the material respond before it is visually hot. Micah Evans will demonstrate how to use heat gradients to create complex shapes and push borosilicate glass to its limits. micahevans.com

Thumb-Fero.jpgShane Fero: Flameworking the Figure Fantastic
Ignite Glass Studios, Flame area
Saturday, March 22, 10 am - 11:30 am

Shane will be sculpting a series of figurative, fantastic figures made in a free association of imagination and reminiscent of the automatic sculpture method of the surrealists.  The results will be assembled in a pre-prepared shadow box. shanefero.net


Thumb-Ford.jpgKiva Ford: Encapsulated
West Supply, Flame area
Saturday, March 22, 10 am - 11:30 am

This presentation will focus on the assembly of a decorative bottle within a bottle. Emphasis will be put on the techniques involved for encapsulating the miniature bottle within the larger bottle. kivaford.com


Thumb-Lemaire.jpgAmy Lemaire: Linkage: Soft Glass Assembly in the Flame
West Supply, Flame area
Saturday, March 22, 8 am - 9:30 am

Hollow flameworked soft glass components fabricated and then assembled hot to create a more complex sculptural form. amylemaire.com


Thumb-Logan.jpgKristina Logan: Beadmaking – Details and Precision at the Torch
Ignite Glass Studios, Flame area
Friday, March 21, 3:30 pm - 5 pm

Kristina will demonstrate how she flameworks large-scale beads that have smooth uniform shapes. She will also explain how she places precise dots and patterns over the surface of these forms and alters dots by dragging and picking. kristinalogan.com

 

HOT Glass

Thumb-Allen.jpgRik Allen & Shelley Muzylowski-Allen:
Hot Glass Sculpting : Hyprovational Improvisation : Mechanized Biomodification
Ignite Glass Studios, Hotshop
Saturday, March 22, 10 am - noon

Demonstrating hot glass sculpting with the use of inside/outside sculpting techniques, torch work, and hot assembly. The demo will focus on improvisational hot work to create a unique sculptural experience. Drawing from their combined skills and interests, Rik and Shelley will create something outside of the known Universe. scavo.net


Thumb-Cariati.jpgJoe Cariati: The Fast and the Curious
Ignite Glass Studios, Hotshop
Saturday, March 22, 8 am - 9:30 am

There's only one way Joe Cariati can stand to blow glass, and it's FAST. It's not that he bores easily, or has attention deficit disorder; it is about crafting the glass efficiently, effortlessly, with his curiosity engaged. Glassblowing becomes a game, a repetitious journey, complete with a set of made up rules and parameters. For this demo, Joe will set a goal to create 6 of his works in 90 minutes. joecariati.com


Thumb-Dailey_Royal.jpgDan Dailey & Richard Royal: White Forms
West Supply, Hotshop
Friday, March 21, 3 pm - 4:30 pm

Dan Dailey's drawings will be interpreted in white glass by Richard Royal and assistants.
dandailey.com     
richardroyalstudio.com


Thumb-Hurtsy.jpgMark Hursty: Pressed Into Service: Pressing Studio Glass Art in the US, UK and China
West Supply, Hotshop
Saturday, March 22, 8 am - 9:30 am

Sculptural pressed glass is a prolific and economical, yet overlooked studio casting resource. Since press molds only need to touch the glass briefly, rather than entombing it for days, glass can be formed quickly and interactively using a variety of materials and methods. This demo will show you how by integrating ancient (Eastern and Western) pressed glass methods with digital waterjet cut mold and glass elements.


Thumb-Janecky.jpgMartin Janecky: Inside Sculpting
Ignite Glass Studios, Hotshop
Friday, March 21, 3 pm - 5 pm

This demonstration will be about inside sculpting of glass, focusing on the human head, trying to bring out expression and feeling. martinjanecky.com


Thumb-Petrovic.jpgMarc Petrovic:
Avian Roll-up
West Supply, Hotshop
Thursday, March 20, 2 pm - 4 pm

Marc Petrovic will demonstrate his process of rolling up and hot sculpting one of his Avians. The process begins with a flat tablet that is a visual deconstruction of a three dimensional bird. The tablet contains all of the color information, patterning and proportions needed to sculpt his three dimensional Avian. marcpetrovic.com


Thumb-VanRensselaer.jpgAngus Powers, JJ Riviello & Miles van Rensselaer: Material Hybridity: Fluid Negotiations with Metal and Glass
West Supply, Hotshop and Bronze area
Saturday, March 22, 10 am - noon

Angus, J.J. and Miles will explore just how far molten glass – in all techniques of work-ability - can be pushed in conjunction with metal. This will include blowing & hot casting into cast bronze forms (see images) and a variety of lesser-known processes – perhaps even the “hot” incorporation of molten metal as the foundry is next door to the hot shop!
anguspowers.com    
westsupply.com    
vanren.com


Thumb-Rogers.jpgJulia & Robin Rogers: Meeting of the Minds
West Supply, Hotshop
Friday, March 21, 1 pm - 2:30 pm

Julia and Robin will work simultaneously and collaboratively to create a sculptural portrait of a compassionate individual. Techniques demonstrated will include blown/solid glass sculpting, color application, and shaping the bubble from the inside out. A fiery finale will set hearts and minds ablaze. robinandjulia.com  


Thumb-Royal.jpgRichard Royal: Get it Wicked Hot and Swing it Over Your Head!
Ignite Glass Studios, Hotshop
Thursday, March 20, 2 pm - 4 pm

Richard Royal will be making a piece from the Optical lens series, an homage to the Fresnel Lens, a type of lens used in lighthouses all over the world. Not only are they some of the most beautiful glass objects ever, but are instrumental in saving thousands of lives over many years in secluded and far off locations, as well as in places densely populated. Glass and light create safety, as a guiding force that is sometimes unnoticed and taken for granted. richardroyalstudio.com


Thumb-Marioni_Singletary.jpgPreston Singletary & Dante Marioni: Collaborative Works
Ignite Glass Studios, Hotshop
Friday, March 21, 1 pm - 2:30 pm

After years of establishing their respective careers, the two friends come together to merge their talents in a collaborative body of work. Their pieces combine elements of each artist’s distinctive aesthetic approach and highly developed set of technical skills. Among these: Marioni’s elegant Venetian forms, rich, clear colors, and delicate reticello patterning; and Singletary’s signature formline designs and sculpted glass animals inspired by his Native Tlingit heritage from the southeastern Alaska coast.prestonsingletary.com    
dantemarioni.com

 

 

PANELS 

Thumb-placeholder.jpgCollectors Panel: Eye on Collecting
Palmer House, Monroe Room
Saturday, March 22, 3 pm - 4:30 pm

 


Thumb-Hunt.jpgDesign Panel: The Business of Design & the Role of Glass Moderated by Holly Hunt with Alison Berger and Others
Palmer House, Grand Ballroom
Saturday, March 22, 1:30 pm - 3 pm

Premier designer furnishings purveyor, Holly Hunt, will moderate a panel including Alison Berger and other surprise collaborators including gallerists, branding gurus, and interior and product designers.


Thumb-Pipe_Panel.jpgGlass Pipe Art Panel: A Critical Discussion of a Maturing Field Moderated by James Baker with Micah Evans, David Francis and Robert Mickelsen
Palmer House, Monroe Room
Friday, March 21, 10:30 am - noon

 


Thumb-STEAM_panel.jpgSTEAM Panel: Merging Art & Technology
Palmer House, State Ballroom
Saturday, March 22, 3 pm - 4:30 pm

 

 

FORUMS

Thumb-At_Risk_Youth.jpgAt-Risk Youth Forum Moderated by Andrew Page with Jerry Catania, Pearl Dick, Jaime Guerrero, Tracy Kirchmann, Jason Minami, LaQuint Robinson and Eli Zilke
Palmer House, Hancock Parlor
Friday, March 21, 10:30 am - noon


Thumb-Green_Panel.jpgGreen Forum: Combining Tradition with New Technology to Create Eco-Efficient Glass Studios Co-Moderated by Chris Clarke and Julie Conway
Palmer House, Hancock Parlor
Friday, March 21, 8 am - 9:30 am

The Green Forum is now a more open round-table discussion, featuring leaders in the field of creating efficient solutions. There will be an open slide show with images of projects and locations of where artists are demonstrating eco-efficient glass making  techniques. Topics of discussion include: combining traditional knowledge with new technology to create efficiency in the glass studio, energy usage and efficiency and appropriate equipment scaling, combustion system and design tuning, how to write grants for equipment upgrades and much more.

 

 

 

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