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Letter from the Editor:
Technology has become an essential part of our vocabulary. As artists and makers, design, fabrication, and even smart phone technologies offer a new language of expression and a broader range of tools. Many artists and educators have begun to explore the possibilities of integrating tech tools into glass practice through research, visualization, and production. While this has a lot to do with their recent accessibility, artists are drawn to these tools for a wide range of reasons. For some, the appeal is in the potential for visualization and realization of very specific forms. While for others, there is a drive to explore the language of digital tools or the implications of living in a culture that is greatly mediated by technology.
This issue of GASnews is dedicated to exploring the ways that technology has impacted glass-based practices in art making and education. In an interview with the artist, Justin Ginsberg offers his approach in concept and context of utilizing various technologies. Grace Meils provides a look into Boyd Sugiki’s development of his TAG Grant, directed toward creating digital animations of technical glassblowing techniques. Jon Rees describes the practices and broad range of software used by some of the leading artists using technology for the design and production of glass. Finally, David Schnuckel gives an illustrative overview of the Young Glass 2017 exhibition at the Glasmuseet Ebeltoft in Denmark, describing the evolution of processes and techniques that have come to epitomize glass making throughout the world.
There is a trend our community toward utilizing and embracing technology and innovative problem solving through computer aided systems. These tools offer some exciting new avenues for research in the design and production of glass. From the illustration of tradition glassblowing techniques to water jet cutting, it’s exciting to discover the ways that technology is aiding the visualization and fabrication of the glass art industry. While the artist’s approach to glassmaking will undoubtedly have a predominance of the hand as the most essential tool, digital technology provides a bridge to innovative approaches of making and progressive ideas that reflect our culture.
Michael Hernandez, GASnews Editor
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