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Glass is a difficult material to define. Its properties allow for incredibly diverse physical, visual, and optical results to be achieved. Since ancient times, those who manipulate glass have accessed these qualities for arcane scientific and artistic outcomes.
Setting the stage for Dr. John C. Mather’s lecture, Seeing Our History and Our Future with Glass: Four Centuries of Mysteries, Jim Galbraith and Marvin Bolt, from the Corning Museum of Glass, describe a brief history of scientific and artistic explorations that paved the way for our knowledge of systems, both micro and macro. Jon Rees presents this year’s GAS Lifetime Membership Awardee and pioneer of neon and plasma technology, Wayne Strattman, whose artworks are a mesmerizing crossover between art and science. David Schnuckel’s piece, Panel Conjecture: “Performance Anxiety: A Critical Lens on Glass Performance Art” speculates on the dialogue of the Performance Panel. This article makes the case that we are overdue for a critical discussion of this movement embracing the spectacle and awe-inspiring physicality both inherent to and contrived from the glassblowing process.
Articles throughout this issue anticipate some of the exciting individuals, movements, and ideas to be presented at this year’s GAS Conference. Looking forward to our gathering in Norfolk, Virginia, I imagine the diverse range of topics, processes, and performances that will represent the current perceptions and methodologies in glass. Well, that and all the good times and great people!
Michael Hernandez, GASnews Editor
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