44th Annual GAS Conference

San Jose, CA • June 5 - 7, 2015
Interface: Glass, Art, and Technology


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Interface: Glass, Art, and Technology

The Glass Art Society is excited to have San Jose as the host city for our 44th annual conference. The California Bay Area is in the center of the Silicon Valley, where technology is king and new technological ideas are generated daily. We thought it fitting to have our conference themed around technology since we will be in the heart of it all. 

It is the first time a GAS conference has been held in San Jose and it will be the first time we celebrate our new Technology Advancing Glass (TAG) grant, awarded to artists who are using technology to improve and change the way that “they” and ultimately “we” may work with glass. 

We hope you join us and our partners, The Tech Museum of Innovation, Bay Area Glass Institute (BAGI), San Jose State University glass studios, and the CMoG Hot Glass Roadshow, while we focus on new and innovative ways to work with the material we all love.


Roger MacPherson, GAS President



GAS 2015: Interface: Glass, Art, and Technology takes place in the perfect location. Welcome to Silicon Valley, where innovation is in the air we breathe. Technology is at the heart of much of our economy and culture, from the first PCs to today’s Apple, Facebook and Google.

By its nature, glass is an innovative and collaborative medium, and our progress both in the aesthetic arena and fabrication has paralleled that of technology, from computerized controllers on furnaces, annealers and kilns to water-jet cutters, 3D printers and CNC routers. Where does art end and technology begin? Do we need to create a defining line, or is the collaboration between the two worlds where true innovation lies?

Under California’s sunny skies we will explore the interface of technology and art, especially with respect to our favorite medium: glass.

San Jose lies in the heart of Silicon Valley. The Fairmont Hotel, Tech Museum of Innovation and the Plaza de César Chávez, all located downtown within yards of each other, will be the conference epicenter. Additional venues include San Jose State University and the Bay Area Glass Institute (BAGI), which are a short shuttle or bike ride away. The San Jose Museum of Art shares a courtyard with the Fairmont, and the GAS Gallery Hop, in conjunction with San Jose’s South First Fridays art walk and the SubZERO Festival, takes place just down the street on South First.  

So come early and stay late! Many of our Bay Area studios and institutions are sponsoring pre- and post-conference workshops. Wine country surrounds San Jose, from the Santa Cruz mountains (southwest) to the Livermore Valley (northeast), and the Napa, Anderson and Sonoma Valleys (north). San Francisco is a must-see destination. The de Young Museum, featuring the George and Dorothy Saxe Gallery, hosts a rotating exhibition of contemporary glass and craft, and many glass sculptures have been placed in other galleries within the museum.

We are excited to host this 44th annual conference and share the unique qualities of Silicon Valley.

Please join us in pushing innovation within glass and with the tech community, while having a truly epic time!


Steven Aldrich               Susan Longini                Cassandra Straubing               Demetra Theofanous


Above image courtesy of Team San Jose

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