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GASnews provides an ongoing exchange of ideas and information, and a place for regular communication between glass artists around the world. It is published online via ePaperFilip four times a year and is available to all current GAS members. Archives are also available in digital and PDF formats. To send in ideas for articles—or to comment to the editor—write us at 


Current Issue: Summer 2014

Letter from the Editor


Identity is formulated through a complex collection of personal experiences, cultural projections, and historical prejudices. Sometimes identity is expressed as a collection of categories – blue collar, exiled, privileged, sick, female, displaced, black, closeted, at-risk, mother – but these labels tend to flatten the lived experiences of individuals. The summer issue of GASnews features artists who mine notions of identities alongside pop culture, sculptural materials, and industrial processes. The results range from comic to grotesque, sincere to ironic, and our dedicated writers dig beneath the surface to give readers a new vocabulary regarding identity in glass.

David Schnuckel looks at the coded messages in Joseph Cavalieri’s iconic stained glass pieces. Suzanne Peck addresses Doreen Garner’s grotesque and seductive body of work. Nadania Idriss, who is writing a PhD dissertation about artists from the Middle East, gives an account of working with Mona Hatoum during her recent residency at Berlin Glas e.V. Grace Meils explores Slate Grove’s reverence of blue-collar work. Mike Hernandez creates a colorful portrait of Elias Hansen’s subversive practice. Lance Friedman recounts the exhibition and performance created by at-risk youth at the Little Black Pearl, during the Chicago GAS conference. In our op-ed column, Julia Rogers gives an account of the challenges and rewards of being both a mom and a glass artist.

Karen Donnellan explores the work of Namdoo Kim in our Member Profile, which features artists selected from the Member Directory on the GAS website (glassart.org). Kim creates darkly comic work about the “assembly line” of Korean education.

As always, glass artists (or artists that work with glass) are struggling to define, refine, and retool their artistic identity. James Galbraith, the head of the Rakow Library at the Corning Museum of Glass recounts the complexities of how the library handles these different types of identities that may not fit neatly within the Library of Congress subject headings.

This issue seeks to draw connections between the varied practices of glass artists and generate a dialogue around the often overlooked topic of identity, and we hope this conversation carries forward into universities, craft schools,and studios. All members are welcome to pitch an article or submit a letter to the editor for future issues.

-Kim Harty


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