2015: San Jose

Glass Art Society 44th Annual Conference

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



Conference Publications
Conference Program
2015 Sponsors



Thank you to our conference co-chairs, Board of Directors, staff, volunteers, presenters, sponsors and attendees!

Conference Co-Chairs:
Steven Aldrich, Susan Longini, Cassandra Straubing, Demetra Theofanous
Attendance: 1,060 registrants from 24 different countries

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- Read articles and press releases

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

This was the first time a GAS conference was held in San Jose and it was also the first time we celebrated 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 were excited to have our attendees 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, as we focused on new and innovative ways to work with the material we all love.

Conference Publications

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Download the following publications
-Pre-Conference Brochure pdf
-Conference Program Book pdf
-Click to learn more about the Journal

Conference Program

Special Events

San Jose Day of Glass
Saturday Evening Gala: A Tribute to Dorothy & George Saxe
Goblet Grab
Gallery Hop
International Student Exhibition
Live & Silent Auction
Closing Night Party


GAS Collectors Tour

Presenters and Awards

Lifetime Achievement Award - Paul Stankard
Lifetime Membership Award - Mary B. White


Steven Aldrich of GoDaddy (moderator), Dale Dougherty of Maker Media and Dr Jeffrey Evenson of Corning Incorporated
  Interface: Glass, Art, and Technology

Amy Schwartz (moderator), Rob Cassetti, Glen B. Cook Ph.D., Eric Meek, Tina Oldknow, Albert Paley  Exploring New Possibilities with Science and Art: Corning Museum of Glass / Corning Incorporated Specialty Glass Residency

Therman Statom 

Helen Lee, Alexander Rosenberg & Matt Szösz 
The Critical Vacuum

Mildred Howard 
Waiting for Humble Objects to Speak

- Erin Dickson  Architectural Quirks: Translating and Realizing Ideas in Glass Through Digital Design and Manufacture
- John Lewis  Cast Glass and the Environment
- Kana Tanaka  Behind-the-Scenes: Installing Large-Scale Public Art
- Salvador Pulido Arroyo  Xaquixe: The Facts of a Truly Sustainable Studio
- Nikolas Weinstein  Engineering Art
- Emerging Artists Presentations

  •   Jacci Delaney  The Specter of Sentimentality
  •   Justin Ginsberg  Properties of Materials and the Preciousness of Action
  •   Alli Hoag  An Arrangement of Skin


- Daniel Cutrone  Bridging the Gap from Digital to Hand
- Matthew Day Perez  Poured, Plopped, Splashed and Smeared!
Kristin Deady  The History of Photosensitive Materials and their Potential for Artists Working with Glass
Mark Ganter: 3D Printing Meets Glass...
Shaun Griffiths & Stephen Jacklyn  Water Jet - Tips, Tricks and Applications
David King  Through the Looking Glass Zoetrope
- Joanna Manousis 
Mastering the Void: Casting Residual Details within Solid Glass
Rui Sasaki  Illuminating Glass in Architecture: The Residue of Space



- Mark Abildgaard  Mold Making and Lost Wax Kiln Casting
Mel Douglas  Surface Tension
- Vladimir Klein  The Chipping of Glass
- Johnathon Turner (formerly Schmuck)  Secret Teachings from the Coldshop
- Fred Curtis and Róisín de Buitléar Glass  Cutting from Waterford, the Irish City of Glass


- Bill Concannon & Bruce Suba  Old Skool Neon: Mystery! Magic! Science! Fun!
- Bandhu Dunham  Kinetic Construction Techniques
- Kimberly Fields  Sculptural Bird Bead
- Cedric Ginart & Karina Guérvin  It's Not Serious!
- Eusheen Goines  Fillacello
- Jeff Heath  Fabricating an Environmental Consciousness
- Jay Musler  Torchworking on the Lathe
- Robert Snodgrass  Bob Snodrass's Tricks with Silver and Gold
- Daniel Salazar
  California Style Torch Work
- Loren Stump  Murrine for the Masses
Demetra Theofanous and Beau Tsai  Sculpting Natural Forms in Boro


- Alexander Abajian & J. Lin-Hsien Kung  Creature Creation
- Dean Allison  Combining Techniques: Casting into Mold Blown Layers
- Marc Barreda  My View Has Become Distorted, Can I Get a Little More Light?
- Nancy Callan 
Brain on Cane
- Einar & Jamex de la Torre 
El Camino Real
- John de Wit  Object Maker
- Paul DeSomma  Demo? No Problemo
Glass Olympics at BAGI
- Jaime Guerrero & Watts Youth Group  The Hunt: Hot Sculpting Techniques
- Museum of Glass Hotshop Team 
Kids Design Glass™
- Jim Mongrain 
Venetian Glass Techniques
Petr Novotny, Jirí Pacinek & Rob Stern  Czech This Out!
David Patchen  Pointillism on the Blowpipe
- Ché Rhodes  Graphite Mold Approaches with Hot Glass
- Matt Szösz  The Attraction of Opposites
- Nate Watson  The Walk We Take With Friends

Panels and Forums

AT-RISK YOUTH FORUM  Serving Underserved Youth: Exploring best practices of top "at-risk" glassblowing programs
Moderated by Andrew Page with panelists Pearl Dick, Kit Evans, Barbara Heisler, Tracy Kirchmann, Robert Minkoff, and Jessi Moore

CAREER PANEL  Moderated by Charlotte Potter with panelists Allyson Reza, Benjamin Kikkert, Mel Douglas, Sarah Dragovich, and Benjamin Cobb.

GREEN PANEL  Simple Green: Demystifying Green Technology for the Glass Artist
Moderated by Tracy Kirchmann with panelists Julie Conway, Timm Muth, Dan Schwoerer, and Hugh Jenkins

Conference Sponsors

Visit the 2015 conference sponsor page

2015 Premier Sponsor
Corning Incorporated

Major Sponsors
Knight Foundation
Glass Alliance of Northern California

Day of Glass Sponsor
Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass

Conference Sponsors
Applied Materials Foundation
Fleishhacker Foundation
MacPherson Construction & Design
Ted & Melissa Lagreid

Presentation Sponsors
Association of Clay and Glass Artists of California - Jay Musler Demo
Clay and Glass Arts Foundation - Jaime Guerrero & Watts Youth Group Demo
College for Creative Studies - Nikolas Weinstein Lecture
His Glassworks - Johnathon Turner (formerly Schmuck) Demo
Mark Murai - Nancy Callan Demo
Robert M. Minkoff Foundation - At-Risk Youth Forum
Southern Illinois University - Career Panel

International Student Exhibition Sponsor
SJSU Student Glass Guild

Venue Partners
Bay Area Glass Institute
The Corning Museum of Glass
San Jose State University
The Tech Museum of Innovation

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.