Pre- and Post-Conference Events

Looking for something to do before or after the conference? Below are some opportunities to consider. 

POST CONFERENCE • LOCAL EVENTS

 

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS

Title: Blow-Cast-Hot-Cold
Instructor: Rob Stern
Date: March 23-26; 2019 (Saturday-Tuesday)
Time: 9am-5pm w/1 lunch hour
Cost: $650 per Student Maximum Students 8
Experience Level: Beginner to Advanced

This intensive course will provide a full immersion into combining glass casting and blowing together with hot and cold construction techniques that will expand your awareness threefold. The tested methods provided in an easy to understand format to equip you with the awareness of how to produce complex glass constructions and apply it to your own work.

Daily demonstrations and directives will involve the students so as to create a hands-on understanding of projects which will have the potential to champion scale and tradition. We will focus on the steps you need to make to take your art from the pedestal to the floor, wall, room or exterior. There will be discussions regarding inspiration, processes and formal aspects of making sculpture, adhesive and mechanical fabrication, and site-specific installations. Students will be encouraged and assisted to make a completed piece for a final review.

Location: The workshop will be held at Gott Glass Studio and Gallery, located in the heart of Seminole Heights, the hippest, old neighborhood in Tampa, just north of downtown. Established in 1993 by Susan Gott, the facility was designed and built as a casting and blowing studio; equipped with a 600-pound casting furnace, seven annealing ovens, glory holes, casting tools, cold shop, graphite and steel molds, a mold-making studio and gallery.

For Questions concerning the workshop contact Susan Gott at GottGlass1@gmail.com
Local Accommodation information will be provided with registration.
To Register Online go to https://store.gottglass.com/workshops/

 


POST-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS

Hot Casting-Rigid Sand Molds and Thinking Outside of the Sandbox
Instructor: Susan Gott
Date: April 1-5; 2019 (Monday-Friday)
Time: 9 am-5 pm w/1 lunch hour
Cost: $750 per Student  Maximum Students 8

“Thinking Outside of the Sandbox” This fast-paced workshop will take you beyond basic sand-casting and explore a variety of techniques with a focus on the ‘rigid-sand’ molds, using binders as a tool to take sculptural ideas to the next level with hot glass casting.

This rigid-sand mold-making technique has advantages for the student or professional; versatility, speed, storage, and scale. Detailed, technical information will be provided and students will create molds and cast one or objects using specifically formulated sodium silicate/ Co2 binders. Additionally, casting demonstrations will explore a variety of alternative mold materials to achieve creative surfaces: wood, graphite, wax, bubbles, balls, copper, color, inclusions, rubber molds, metal molds, the use of torches and the best techniques to finesse of pouring the molten lava. We will utilize glass blowing and glory holes to create ‘inclusions’ and sand mold blown sculptures. Experimentation will be encouraged with an educated understanding of the limitations of the materials.

There will be discussions of the use of cast glass in large-scale sculpture and public art, annealing, finishing techniques, paints, patinas, gold leaf, adhesives, and an overview of the basics of grinding and polishing. Students will be encouraged to explore the interior and exterior beauty of hot cast glass and how to make the magic happen. Annealing times may vary for some works and shipping arrangements for completed projects may have to be arranged.

Location: This workshop will be held at Gott Glass Studio and Gallery, located in the heart of Seminole Heights, the hippest, old neighborhood in Tampa, just north of downtown. Established in 1993 by Susan Gott, the facility was designed and built as a casting and blowing studio; equipped with a 600-pound casting furnace, seven annealing ovens, glory holes, casting tools, cold shop, graphite and steel molds, a mold-making studio and gallery.

For Questions concerning the workshop contact Susan Gott at GottGlass1@gmail.com
Local Accommodation information will be provided with registration.
To Register Online go to https://store.gottglass.com/workshops/

  

LOCAL EVENTS & EXHIBITS

American Glass World 
 
Craftsman House Gallery
2955 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL 33713
 
Featuring works from over 40 currently active glass artists from the United States and Canada.   Many have been working with glass for decades. while some are relative newcomers.  Artists include Robert Burch (using methane gas from an old landfill to fire his kilns), Daniel Read (a member of Chihuly's first glass team), Patrick Primeau (featured on the new Netflix glass blowing reality show, Blown Away), and many other working artists who create beautiful works of art in their studios every day.
 
March 1-31, 2019
Florida Glass Invitational
My Favorite Art Place at the Sundial
167 2nd Ave. 
St. Petersburg, Florida
727-522-7662
 
Open daily and for the Friday night GAS Conference Gallery Hop

My favorite Art Place has invited the most innovative and talented glass artists working in the State of Florida to exhibit select works. This pop-up exhibition will showcase a wide assortment of disciplines and techniques for the month of March with special events and artists talks throughout the month.

 
QUEST: A Celebration of Glass
 
March 7-April 20
Florida Craft Art
501 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg

In honor of the Glass Art Society Conference (GAS) in St. Petersburg, Duncan McClellan and Mary Childs curate an exhibition at Florida CraftArt of glass masters who draw on mythological, cultural, and personal imagery. Each work of art illustrates the artist’s intimate and expansive journeys of self-exploration and communication. Drawing on mythological, cultural, and personal imagery, each piece illustrates the artist's intimate yet expansive journeys.

The exhibition features work by John Brekke, Hyunsung Cho, Terri Grant, Jack Gramann, Eric Hilton, Richard Jolley, Richard Logan, Duncan McClellan, Paul j. Nelson, Stephen Pon, Eduardo Prado, Lisabeth Sterling, Alexis Silk and Tim Tate.

  • March 6, 5:30-7 p.m.: VIP Reception (invitation only)
  • March 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Opening reception
  • March 19, 6 p.m. Duncan McClellan Artist Talk
  • March 26, 4:30 p.m. Jack Gramann and Stephen Pon Talk
  • April 18, 5:30 p.m. Paul J. Nelson Artist Talk
  • April 20, 5:30-7 p.m. Closing reception/People’s Choice Award

Admission is FREE. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Florida CraftArt is a nonprofit organization founded in 1951 and headquartered in St. Petersburg. Its mission is to grow the statewide creative economy by engaging the community and advancing Florida’s fine craft artists and their work. Fine craft art is presented in its 2,500-square-foot retail gallery and curated exhibitions are featured in its adjacent exhibition gallery. Florida CraftArt is the only statewide organization offering artists a platform to show and sell their work. For more information, call (727) 821-7391 or visit www.FloridaCraftArt.org

 

"Cross the Bridge" 
Gott Glass Studio and Gallery
811 East Knollwood St
Tampa Florida 33604
(813) 237-3473

Gott Glass Studio and Gallery in Tampa, atelier of artist Susan Gott will be open throughout the conference. Susan Gott welcomes the Glass Art Society Conference attendees to visit.

For Gallery hours and more information go to www.gottglass.com 

 

Gallery Exhibition: “Spirit Dreams”
Artist: Ira Lujan and Susan Gott
March 15 – April 30, 2019. 

Red Cloud Indian Arts is proud to exhibit the contemporary blown glass of Ira Lujan and sculptural cast glass pieces of Susan Gott. Discover the spirit of Gott’s work as it embodies mythological imagery, symbolism, and philosophies to create a new mythos in glass.

Red Cloud Gallery will be open for GAS Conference Gallery Hop.

Red Cloud Indian Arts
214 Beach Dr. NE
St. Petersburg, Fl. 33701
727-821-5824
Contact: Harriet & Steve Rambeaux

 

MARCH 29

ON EDGE, James Brenner public art unveiling and sculpture exhibition
6:00 pm-7:30 pm

Unveiling Ceremony at SE corner of 16th St. & Central Avenue, followed by a reception across the street at Leslie Curran Gallery at 1431 Central Avenue

FREE and open to the public

The artist will be in attendance at the unveiling and the following reception at the Leslie Curran Gallery. This event features a solo exhibition by James Brenner and celebrates the unveiling of the newest St. Petersburg public art installation ON EDGE by James Brenner for the EDGE District Gateway Project. The project consists of 10 sculptures made of glass and steel, installed around the perimeter of the EDGE District. Two of the sculptures create powerful and iconic identifiers on the bookends of the District. They contrast a twisting tower of hand sculpted green jade float glass with the natural rust surface of weathered Cor-ten steel, with accents in stainless steel and LED lighting. The remaining eight sculptures at focal points around the District consist of hand sculpted green jade float glass, weathered Cor-ten steel, and solar lighting. To learn more, go to www.jamesbrenner.com/now-blog/2018/2/14/edge-district-gateway-marker-project

 

 

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.