Preview 2008 Live Auction Pieces

Live Auction

Glass Art Society Portland Conference

Live Auction
Saturday, June 21
6:30 - 7:30pm

Portland Hilton Ballroom

This auction has taken place already and none of these items are currently available through the Glass Art Society.  December 2008

Silvia Levensonitaly

Little Bad Girl 2000
Kiln cast glass, mixed media
2.875” x 7.25” x 7.875”

Silvia Levenson was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1957, and emigrated to Italy in 1981. Her cast glass works echo the uneasy currents of domestic life. A Rakow Commission award recipient in 2004, (CorningMuseum of Glass), Levenson’s works are held in museum collections all over the world, including the Museum of Fine Art, Houston; Ernesting Glass Collection/ Germany; Glass Museum/ Ebeltoft, Denmark; Casa de Las Americas/Havana, Cuba; and Musée de Verre, Sars Poteries, France. She has been artist-in-residence at Bullseye Glass (1994, 2000); Musée Atelier de Verre, Sars Poteries, France (1995), Corning Museum of Glass (2005), and the Australian National University, Canberra (2008).

Cartharine Newell

Catharine Newell Studio
Portland, OR
Alone Together: Bath I 2007
Bullseye kilnformed glass with powder detail, magnetically wall-hung
19” x 16” x 2.5”

Catharine Newell, widely recognized for her distinctive figurative work using powders and frit, exhibits her unique approach to kiln working internationally. An ardent educator, Newell’s teaching schedule for 2008 includes Pilchuck Glass School, as well as venues in Norway, Switzerland and Austria. Her work has been acquired for the permanent collections of Swedish Hospital, Hotel Murano, the Bullseye Glass Company, University of Miami Lowe Museum and Tsinghua University Museum in Beijing. Newell maintains a private studio in Portland, Oregon.

Kristiina Uslar

The Machines II 2008
Pate de verre cast glass
30 x 13 cm

Kristiina Uslar graduated from glass studies at the Estonian Academy of Arts in 2003, and in that same year she started to work as a technician and contractual lecturer in the department of glass at the Estonian Academy of Arts. In 2007, she graduated with a Master of Arts Degree from the same academy. Her research theme was Roman net and figural diatreta and contemporary artists who have drawn inspiration from Roman diatreta. She has been exhibiting since 2001. All of her artwork is made in pâte de verre technique and is inspired by Roman net diatreta.

Shane Fero

Penland, NC
Three Friends with Mt. Rainier Cherries and Eggs 2006
Flameworked and acid etched glass
Tallest bird 5.5” x 8” x 3”

Shane Fero, Glass Art Society President, has been a flameworker for 39 years and maintains a studio next to Penland School in North Carolina. He participates in international symposia and demonstrations and has exhibited worldwide. Fero is also an educator and has taught at institutions such as Penland School, Urban Glass, the Pratt Fine Arts Center, the Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass, the University of Michigan, Eugene Glass School, Espace Verre, Montreal, Quebec, the Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pilchuck Glass School, Bild-Werk, Frauenau, Germany, the International Glass Festival in Stourbridge, UK, and in Seto and the Niijima Glass Art Center in Japan. His work can be found in private collections and public institutions worldwide. His solo exhibition “Encounters: Shane Fero” opens this July at the Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL.

Kait Rhoads

Seattle, WA
Spice Jar 2006
Blown glass incalmo. Bottom: green and blue book matched zanfirico cane with multi-colored murrine. Top: multi-colored “scaled” murrine
13“ x 12” x 9”

Kait Rhoads received her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 1993 and her MFA from Alfred University in 2001. Kait has received scholarships from Pilchuck Glass School, an emerging artist residency at Pilchuck School of Glass and Pratt Fine Arts Center, a fellowship at the Creative Glass Center of America in Milleville, New Jersey and a Fulbright grant to study sculpture in Murano, Venice. She creates sculpture and vessels made with traditional Italian techniques. Her collections include the Seattle Art Museum, Carnegie Museum of Art and the Corning Museum of Glass.

Eric Franklin

Portland, OR
Condense 2005
Flameworked borosilicate glass, neon, wood
8” x 24” x 18”

Eric Franklin received a BFA in Sculpture from Arizona State University in 2000 where he learned to work with glass concurrently in the art department’s neon shop and the chemistry department’s scientific glassblowing facility. He moved to Portland, Oregon in 2001 where he currently still lives and works. Eric has recently completed a significant two year studio project for the David Roberts Collection. His work is included in numerous other collections including the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery, the Museum of Northwest Art, and Mesa Contemporary Arts, and is represented by the Laura Russo Gallery in Portland. Eric has worked at the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland since 2002 where he is currently Exhibition Designer/Head Preparator.

Caithness Caper

A seven-night stay for four in the “Highlands beyond the highlands”

Join Bullseye owners, Dan Schwoerer and Lani McGregor for a week at Latheron House. Set among rolling fields of Cheviot sheep, overlooking the North Sea, this old manse in the northernmost county of Scotland will be your base camp as you wander nearby harbors, follow nature walks along the seaside cliffs, explore the many Neolithic stone circles in the county, visit abandoned castles or crofts, take a day trip to the Orkney Islands, or just sit in front of the fires with a classic single malt and watch the haar roll up the strath and the rabbits dig up the lawns. What? Need glass? Then visit nearby North Lands Creative Glass in the former fishing village of Lybster. Meet local glass lovers, argue annealing schedules over a pint in the local pub or relax among the collection of contemporary glass nested quietly in this most serene home in the most serene corner of the British Isles. Accommodation in glass art-filled queen bed rooms. Daily breakfasts and access to full kitchen. Ground transportation provided to and from nearest airport (Inverness), but car rental is advised. The stay may be used at any mutually agreeable dates between April 2009 and May 2010.

Richard Marquis

Freeland, WA
Silhouette Sample Box “General Electric” 2000
Murrine, plate glass, cord, colored pencil on mat board, wood, paint
7.375” x 5.75” x 1.25”

Richard Marquis has been blowing glass for over forty years yet has only recently learned to bring a decent punty. There is hope for almost everyone. He doesn’t follow any set rules nor does he usually know what he will be doing next. Since it’s way too late to make the Olympic Luge Team, he’ll probably stick to glassblowing for the foreseeable future. Lucky us.

Ki-Ra Kim

Bamboo House
Cast glass
15.5 x 21 x 4 centimeters

Ki-Ra Kim was born in Inch’on, Korea and trained at Pilchuck Glass School and
Rhode Island School of Design in the U.S., as well as at Hong Ik University in Seoul, Korea. She has held one-person exhibitions in Seoul since 1989 and has shown work in exhibitions in Korea, the U.S., and Japan. She works with the dual attributes of glass: strong and fragile, soft and sharp, attempting to express her feelings through the transparent glass and her passion for daily life through the opaque glass. She currently resides in Seoul, and serves on the Glass Art Society Board of Directors.

Cobi Cockburn

Dilly Bag 2008
25 x 25 x 8 cm

Cobi Cockburn is one of Australia’s most-awarded new young designers. A graduate of the Sydney College of the Arts and the Glass Workshop at The Australian National University, her most recent forms combine hotshop, coldshop and kiln-forming techniques. Cobi was recently awarded the 2007 Talente Prize (Munich) , New Design - Object Award (Sydney) and is a recipient of the 2006 Bullseye E-merge Glass prize, The 2006 Ranamok Glass prize and the 2005 Vicki Torr Memorial prize at the Ausglass/GAS International Conference. Her work has been exhibited in galleries both in Australia and overseas.

Kathleen Elliot

Kathleen Elliot Inc.
Cupertino, CA
Apricot Branch 2008
Flameworked and sandblasted glass
11” x 12” x 4”

Kathleen Elliot has had many different careers - hairstylist/make-up artist, education manager, corporate organizational development and training – and after those and eight years of glass beadmaking, Kathleen decided to pursue a career as an artist. She studied at Pilchuck for three summers, being nominated for the Corning Award each time. Kathleen has since become known for her sensuous botanical sculptures, and is now beginning to express her twenty years of study in philosophy, linguistics and spirituality through her work. Kathleen resides and operates a studio in Cupertino, California, where she and her husband raise their five children, and she continues studying art at De Anza and Foothill Colleges.

Lucio Bubacco & Diego Bottacin

Ideated by Andrea Bigaglia
Ups and Down 2008
Flameworked glass
43 (66 with dips) x 29 x 29

Lucio Bubacco was born on Murano, and began playing with glass as a boy. At fifteen, he received his artisan’s license and began marketing flameworked Venetian memorabilia. Bubacco’s recent explorations with two dimensional inclusions in blown, solid offhand and cast glass, burst forth into three dimensional glory, or are highlighted by cold working through and around the images, as he persists in his quest to create a living force in glass. * Please see the 2008 GAS Conference Program Book for complete bio.

Diego Bottacin graduated from Liceo Artistico in Venice. In 2002, he took his first lampworking class at Scuola del Vetro Abbate Zanetti in Murano, and opened a studio in Murano, followed by a store in 2004. He continued to work as an assistant for the Scuola del Vetro Abbate Zanetti, and then began a collaborative work with Master Lucio Bubacco. In 2005, he assisted Lucio at the Gathering in Louisville of ISGB, and in 2006 at the Best Beads Show in Tucson. In 2007 he has been invited at the Gathering in Minneapolis in quality of teacher for a rings course.

Laura Donefer

Yumiko Amulet Basket 2007
Blown glass with torch worked additions
9” x 7”

Laura Donefer was born in Ithaca, NY and raised in Quebec. She graduated from Dawson College in 1975, McGill University in 1979, and Sheridan College in 1985. She has been using glass as the primary medium in her work for over 25 years, combining it with other materials. She has been a staff member in the glass department at Sheridan College and has been permanent faculty in Montreal at Espace Verre for over 18 years. In addition, Laura teaches regularly at the Pilchuck Glass School, the Corning Museum of Glass School, Penland School of Craft and Red Deer College. She is the recipient of the 2008 GAS Lifetime Membership Award. * Please see the 2008 GAS Conference Program Book for complete bio.

Robin Cass

Rochester, NY
Fruition III 2006
Blown glass, flameworked glass, copper, mixed media
36” x 16” x 22”

Robin Cass is an associate professor in the Glass Program at the Rochester Institute of Technology and serves on the board of directors of the International Glass Art Society. She received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA from Alfred University, and has been invited to teach, exhibit work and lecture internationally. She has received several grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, a fellowhsip from the Creative Glass Center of America, and a residency at the Glass & Ceramic Center of Seto, Japan. She recently taught at Pilchuck Glass School near Seattle, and was awarded an artist’s residency at the Tacoma Museum of Glass. Her work has been included in the books “Women in Glass”, by Lucartha Kohler, and “25 Years of New Glass Review”, which was published by the Corning Museum of Glass. Last summer, Cass mounted a solo show at the Tittott Museum in Taipei, Taiwan. Her work was also recently on view at the Figge museum in Iowa, and the Fullerton Museum in Maine.

Hotel Murano and Musem of Glass Package

Tacoma, WA
Sponsored by Hotel Murano and Museum of Glass

Two night stay at Hotel Murano In the spirit of being a Tacoma, Washington hotel, the Hotel Murano houses a collection of glass that stands up to the country’s finest. Centrally located in downtown Tacoma, Hotel Murano is just blocks from the best Tacoma restaurants, Tacoma shopping and of course, our world famous Tacoma sightseeing. Hotel Murano is one of the five boutique Provenance hotels that showcase the city’s local culture.

Museum of Glass
A couple will receive two complimentary passes to the Museum of Glass, a signed copy of the 2007 Lino Tagliapietra catalog, Lino Tagliapietra In Retrospect, a personal tour on the hot shop floor (subject to availability), and a 1 year membership to the Museum of Glass.

Tommie Rush

Knoxville, TN
Botanical Vase Amber and Red 2008
Blown and acid etched glass
17” x 5”

Tommie Rush, Glass Art Society Vice President, lives and works in Knoxville, Tennessee. She earned her BFA at the University of Tennessee and has studied at the Arrowmont School of Crafts. Her work is included in the collections of the Mobile Museum of Art in Mobile, Alabama; the Sheldon Art Museum and Sculpture Garden in Lincoln, Nebraska; and the Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C., among others. She has recently shown at Blue Spiral in Asheville, North Carolina, Lighthouse Center for the Arts in Tequesta, Florida and the Mint Museum of Craft and Design in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Giles Bettison

Billett #33 2005
Fused, blown and coldworked glass
9“ x 5.75” x 2.5”

Giles Bettison studied art and majored in Glass at the Canberra School of Art in Australia. He graduated in 1996, and since then he has worked out of his own studio, experimenting with using Bullseye sheet glass to make murrini, which he has used to make vessels, panels and large solid blocks. He has also experimented with incorporating murrini in polished concrete. He currently resides in Adelaide, Australia with his wife Suzanne and their daughter Willa. He continues to make experiments in his studio.

Sean Albert

Tukwila, WA
Intentionally Random Line Study 2.5.07 2007
Kiln formed glass
13.75” x 11.5” x 2.25”

Sean Albert received his BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art in 1994 and his MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2005. Sean is a recent recipient of the Young Glass Kyohei Fujita Memorial Prize, awarded every 10 years by the Ebeltoft Glass Museum in Denmark. He has been a resident artist at Pilchuck Glass School in Washington State and at North Lands Creative Glass in Lybster, Scotland. His work is included in various public and private collections throughout the United States and Europe. Sean currently resides in the Seattle area

Masami Koda

Bothell, WA
Red Dew 8 2008
Cast bronze, cast glass, silver, lampworking glass
13” x 14.5” x 10”

Masami Koda was born in Kobe, Japan. She graduated from the Osaka University of Arts with a metal major and received MFA, as glass major, from Alfred University, NY. Currently she lives in Washington, where she has worked for Ginny Ruffner since 1994, and shows her works at William Traver Gallery.

Klause Mjoe

Untitled 5-98 1998
Kilnformed and coldworked glass
2.75” x 8 “ x 6.625”

Klaus Moje was born in 1936 and raised in Hamburg, Germany. His education in
glass started in the family workshop in Hamburg and continued at the renowned
glass school in Hadamar where he received his Masters certificate. After two decades of studio work in Germany, Moje was invited to Australia in 1982 to become founding head of the glass workshop at the Canberra School of Art, now at the Australian National University. A retrospective of Moje’s work, including many objects from his tour as an Australian National Living Treasure, is currently on view at the Portland Art Museum through September 7, 2008.

Curator’s Choice

In a new initiative to fulfill its mission, the Glass Art Society has approached presenting artists, donors, and public institutions in an effort to encouage collaboration to place new work in museums.
There were many museum’s that expressed interest in adding pieces from presenting artists represented in this auction. We thank them for their enthusiasm and look forward to growing this program for the future.
  • The Corning Museum of Glass
  • New Mexico Museum of Art
  • Carnegie Museum of Art
  • The Newark Museum
  • Racine Art Museum
  • Speed Art Museum
  • Mobile Museum of Art
  • Huntsville Museum of Art

The items listed in the Curator’s Choice section, represent successful placements of work. These (or like objects) are promised to become a part of that museum’s permanent collection.
The Museum of Glass, Tacoma
Curator: Melissa G. Post

April Surgent

Seattle, WA
But You Won’t Look Back 2006
Fused and cameo engraved glass
17 1/8” x 33 1/2” x 1 7/8”

April Surgent began working with glass when she was 14 years old. She blew glass in Seattle, Detroit and Denmark before completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with honours, at the Australian National University, School of Art, Canberra, Australia, in 2004. In 2003, Surgent learned traditional cameo engraving techniques from Jiri Harcuba at the Pilchuck Glass School. Inspired by the technique, she proceeded to experiment with engraving. Today, Surgent continues to engrave glass at her studio in Seattle.

The Toledo Museum of Art
Curator: Jutta Page

Blanche Tilden

Perpetual bandolier 2007
Fused & coldworked bullseye glass, oxidized sterling silver, nylon coated stainless steel cable
1770 mm long x 23 mm high

Blanche Tilden studied glass and gold and silver smithing at the Canberra School of Art. In 1997, she completed an Australia Council traineeship with goldsmith and designer, Susan Cohn. Blanche has developed a significant practice in the dual fields of glass and gold and silver smithing, receiving a number of awards, including the inaugural ANU Stephen Proctor Fellowship and Pilchuck Glass School scholarship in 2003. In 2005, she established Studio Hacienda with Phoebe Porter.
The Knoxville Museum of Art
Curator: Stephen Wicks

Jeremy Lepisto

Portland, OR
“Bridge” Series 2006
35” l x 4” h x 1” w

Jeremy Lepisto is co founder of Studio Ramp LLC. He is immersed in kilnformed glass art, production, commissions, classes, and equipment design. Jeremy worked at the Bullseye Glass Company for five years in a variety of capacities including glass production, assisting visiting artists, and helping to develop new ways of glass working. He is a regular at the Pilchuck Glass School and has taught in Australia, Ireland and the US. His personal artwork is represented by the William Traver Gallery. He received his BFA in glass and metals from Alfred University in 1997.

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