2014 TAG Grant

Technology - Advancing - Glass

About & Announcing 2014 Recipients!
Submission Guidelines
How to Submit Your Application

9810_LukeLowings_October_3rd_022LL_med.jpgThe Glass Art Society (GAS) announces the recipients of its new Technology Advancing Glass lecture fund. Press Release

Anna Mlasowksy, top recipient, will receive a $5,000 award, and runners-up Erin Dickson and the artist team of Michael Stern, Shreya Dave, Markus Kayser and John Klein will each receive a $2,500 award to fund research on new materials, techniques, making methods, and applications of technology in glass art.

Announced at the 2014 GAS Conference in Chicago during the James Carpenter Lecture, the Technology Advancing Glass (TAG) program assists the advancement of the glass arts by providing an annual grant to an artist or group of artists to fund research to advance the field of glass art. The idea behind the TAG program follows the worldwide educational trend that combines science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) with the arts (STEAM) to accelerate the development of new, expressive forms.

Long-time glass collectors and supporters of GAS Ted and Melissa Lagreid and glass artist and former GAS Board Member Wayne Strattman made the grant possible through generous donations. The Lagreids originally approached GAS with the desire to help the glass arts community. A GAS Committee of interested members then decided to create an annual grant program and competition for the grant. Committee members include Lagreid and Strattman, as well as artists Rik Allen and Peter Houk, who work with glass.

MIT3DP1web.jpg“Glass, with its unique characteristics, offers a special contribution to the larger art world,” states Lagreid. “And because of how younger people interact with the world in a very technologically oriented way, perhaps adding evolving technologies to the art-making process will elicit a new set of positive responses from a segment of society who are in the formative stages of artistic awareness.”

Mlasowsky will use the award money to finance the development of a new sculpture-making method based on the glass-making technique of pate de verre. The method integrates digital prototyping, 3D modeling and printing techniques to generate structures that serve as sculpture molds, liberating the artist from making traditional molds. “This new sculpting method...will allow artists to create large work while using much less material than commonly used in other techniques, as well as the opportunity to work on complex shapes in kiln-forming otherwise not possible,” Mlasowsky states. “This development will help to keep glass art a contemporary and diverse art form that evolves together with other creative enterprises and industry.”

The team of Stern, Dave, Kayser and Klein will continue their research begun at Massachusetts Institute of Technology on the first automated, hot-glass 3D printer. The team plans to use 3D printing to add variety to existing glass-working techniques, furthering their capabilities, precision and visual effects. The team states, “The fusion of 3D printing and glass will provide a dynamic opportunity to engage people from the larger maker community that exists around 3D printing and ultimately help introduce new minds to glass-working.”

Dickson will combine the possibilities of data capture, computer modeling, digital fabrication, and 3D printing to offer a new method for producing imagery in glass sculpture. The process will translate the digital photograph into a glass object by using modeling software such as AutoCAD and Rhino to produce a digital, 3D surface. The artwork can then be created through water-jet machining, CNC machining, 3D printing and kiln casting. According to Dickson, the new method “merges the printed image with manufacturing technologies, moving from the flatness of pictorial space to the interiors of transparent glass and beyond into concepts of printed sculptures and innovative ways of making images with glass.”

“We are hoping for this first set of recipients to not only make progress on their individual proposals, but that the GAS membership becomes inspired to start thinking about developing new technologies,” states Strattman. “These proposals are bringing computer-based technologies to bear to the production of artistic pieces. This is an almost universal movement in the ‘maker’ community, and it will be exciting to see what these people will be able to create.”

TAG grant recipients are required to give a presentation on their completed project at a GAS conference or other event within three years of receiving the funding. GAS will also publish their findings in the annual GAS Journal. The lecture will be a new, regular feature of GAS conferences. Applications for the 2015 grant will open in March 2015.


Images: (top) James Carpenter, Glass Tube Field - Tower Place, London; (above) Prototyping a hot glass, 3D printing method at MIT, from the proposal by Michael Stern, Shreya Dave, Markus Kayser and John Klein.



Completed applications for 2014 must be submitted online through the GAS website by July 31, 2014.  A total of up to $5,000 will be awarded for 2014 TAG Grant awardees for the 2014-15 Fiscal Year (Oct. 2014 - Sept. 2015). You must be a current member of GAS in order to be eligible for the grant. The TAG committee will evaluate the applications over the summer and announce the winner in the fall.

1. Download all of the following documents:





  • Must be a member of the Glass Art Society when application is submitted, and if selected, agree to maintain membership for three consecutive years upon receipt of the grant.
  • If chosen for the grant, you are required to give a presentation on the completed project at a future GAS Conference or other event within three years following the receipt of the grant. This includes a written summary of project findings that may be published in the annual GAS Journal. Travel to and accommodations during the conference are the responsibility of the presenter.
  • All applications must be submitted in English
  • Each proposal must be submitted with a completed application form as either a word doc or pdf file, along with applicable images, resumes, etc.
  • All submissions meeting these requirements will be reviewed by the TAG Grant Committee



Go to www.glassart.org/Applications_Submissions.html listed under the Events menu

  1. Click on View Active Calls and Create your Submission or Application
  1. Anyone submitting must LOGIN
  • Current or Expired GAS Members AND those that have already signed up as a Submitter:
    Login and view the Active Calls. (using your email address and password.)
  • Those without a login must Register to become a Submitter:
    Register by entering your contact info and creating a password. After continuing to your profile you may edit it or Logout to return to the Login page and use the "Login and view the Active Calls" link.
  1. Click on the category you want to submit: 2014 TAG Grant Proposals
  1. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on NEW SUBMISSION.
  1. Title your submission in the following manner “2014 TAG Grant_ FirstLast_Title of your project
  1. Upload one file at a time by clicking NEW FILE, then the BROWSE/CHOOSE FILE button, select the file from your computer, then click SUBMIT to upload it.
  1. Continue to add NEW FILE until you have uploaded all required. You can also MODIFY your application and any uploaded files if needed.
  1. After you have uploaded all of your files click the FINISH link to submit your application.

Once submitted your application will need to be reviewed and approved by GAS staff to ensure all files were uploaded properly and are visible. Once approved the jurors will be able to review your application submission.


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