Currently producing some of the UK’s most visually exciting, contemporary glass sculptures, Amanda Brisbane has refined her sand-casting process to produce one-off artworks that take on an organic, three-dimensional form all of their own.
In 1967 Donald Carlson embarked on a career that would turn his life around. Prior to working towards refining the ancient art of glassblowing, he had contemplated pursuing the field of marketing. Instead, he built a small studio at his home and took on the challenge of making glass. While his work is available in a multitude of colors, it is the color red that has captured his imagination.
Victor Chiarizia creates masterful works in glass by following his creative visions. Reflecting upon his life experiences, he creates from the soul. Chiarizia has forged a unique path in glass as a result of being proficient in both flameworking and blown glass techniques, an accomplishment that is quite rare. His direction in glass is distinct in that Chiarizia has created work in both genres individually, as well as combining the two techniques. His varied talents and expertise have allowed him to explore and discover innovative ways of creating art in glass.
Dale Chihuly, who was born in Tacoma, Washington in 1941, has become an internationally celebrated personality in contemporary art and design whose prominence in the field of contemporary studio glass is unmatched. He is a generous and charismatic individual with a forceful personality, who ceaselessly promotes himself and his material, glass, to audiences around the world.
My work includes a variety of genres, based on vessel forms. Inspired by nature and ancient artifacts my sculpture is an exciting combination of the cast and blown glass techniques, reinterpreting a tradition of glass forming used by the Romans over three thousand years ago.
Art critic Carol Rand-Hudson stated, “Neil Duman’s free-blown hollow-ware vases are 20’th century forms. Most are characterized by arabesques, a kind of drawing in space with molten glass that reminds one of the gestural brushwork of abstract expressionism.” Neil dedicates himself to the constant evolution and development of new ideas in his art forms. His art is widely recognized for its unique style and design. Neil’s art is exhibited in museums, such as the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, Virginia, as well as many major shows nationally.
Barry Entner produces wild free form sculptures that really occupy space. Working in the traditional handblown manner his works are rapidly formed with dynamic energy. Each piece is injected with vitality from this direct, immediate expression. These are pieces that beg to be approached from different viewpoints for they are all about movement in space.
Fields & Fields Blown Glass is a personal and professional marriage of two unique and accomplished glassblowers. By combining their talents, the dedicated couple creates a harmony of style and form. Their singular and successful enterprise is the result of merging two art glass studios into one.
Glass Artist, Renato began is Art career in the late 80’s working on mixed media art using a variety of found and made materials. In the early 90’s his experimentation with glass & castings formed a new “ Mask” series that was exhibited in NYC and Chicago by Miller and Marx Saunders Gallery respectively and then at Sandra Ainsly Gallery in Toronto.
John Gibbons grew up making art in Northern California. In 2014, he opened his hot glass shop in San Diego, CA and currently creates his beautiful glass sculptures in Eureka, California.
Jon Goldberg’s interest in hot glass began in Old City, Philadelphia. He was fascinated by the variety and expressiveness of the glass art on display at a local gallery specializing in Studio Glass. The opportunity became available to take a course in hot glass at a local public-access studio. Jon took his first class in 1999 and was hooked.
Cliff Goodman is a glass artist with over 30 years experience in creating fine glass sculptures which reflect the beauty of the natural world. Cliff’s work can be seen and purchased in fine galleries around the world.
Gundi is a glass artist who was born in Germany and lived for twenty years in Chile before emigrating to Canada in 1973. During the early 1980s she worked as a fashion designer in suede and leather–an occupation that helped her develop the keen sense of shape and proportion that is so evident in her sculptural glass creations.
Raimundas Lapsys was born in 1943 in Lithuania and later received formal arts education in Italy and Austria. After graduating from the Academy of Glass Arts in Tirol, Austria, Lapsys received additional visual arts training in studio photography. Having a life-long fascination with the interplay of color and light, photography was a natural growth in Lapsys’s artistic development.
Shaded by palm trees and cooled by ocean breezes, the glassblowing studio of Rina Fehrensen and Michael Maddy is situated in north county San Diego. There, in front of the 2000 degree furnaces they create their colorful artwork.
Robert Madvin’s primary inspiration derives from nature; his most prominent glass sculpture series called Pohacu, meaning “rock” or “stone”. Ancient Hawaiians would stack stones upon one another to create rock sculptures used as navigational instruments throughout the islands. Robert encountered some of these organic tools while hiking various trails in Hawaii and developed them into his glass stacked stone sculptures being shown at various art shows and galleries throughout the US and Canada.
American glass artists Eric Markow and Thom Norris met in 1994 in Northern Virginia. The two started collaborating on organically inspired stained glass window commissions for the next decade. Over the years as glass flame work and glass fusing became more popular, Markow & Norris began several years of experimentation to develop handwoven glass.
Tom Marosz’s gem-like glass art sculpture carries a simplicity of design and contrasting elegance that makes one marvel and keep glancing back for a resolution to their intriguing form.
Caleb Nichols is at an exciting stage: after some 20 years of working in glass, he has reached the point where his ideas, not technical virtuosity, come first. As a result, his work has grown in size to 30-inch sculptural pieces and his imagery has expanded. Still inspired by the moods and vastness of the ocean, he has lately been pushing his concepts a step further. “It’s interesting,” he explains “the wilder and more colorful I make these pieces, the more they invoke a sense of calm. A funny kind of inverse effect.”
Suellen Parker, holder of a degree in art from Boston College and owner of Case Island Glass, LLC, creates her pieces by a process known as “glass fusing”. The process involves heating carefully sized pieces of glass with the same COE to high temperatures, causing the pieces to melt or “fuse” together. Each piece is hand made and fused, often involving several separate firings.
“We are influenced by forms and patterns in nature and by our travels including Bali, Java, Lombok, Indonesia; Cappadocia, Turkey; and, most recently, Costa Rica.” – Bruce Pizzichillo and Dari Gordon
In their sculptures, Dari Gordon and Bruce Pizzichillo use found objects and recycled materials. Bruce has a particular fondness for rusty metal. Their blown glass pieces, on the other hand, are made of “just” glass.
Dino Rosin uses the ancient technique of “calcedonia” coloration for his glass works of art. Each sculpture has its own unique coloration, not to be duplicated. Colors range from bright yellows to deep purples, varying on the metals used, temperature and duration the glass is in the furnace.
Helen Rudy’s fused glass panels are made of multiple layers of opaque and transparent colored glass that are hand cut from sheets, the glass is composed and assembled then melted or fused in a special glass kiln. By sandwiching and building up layers of colors the glass through melting creates depth and intensity of color.
Brian Russell creates one of a kind sculptures from cast glass and forged metals. Producing works for both interiors and the landscape on a residential and corporate scale Brian Russell draws inspiration from the rhythms of nature, ancient artifacts, mathematics, science and, ultimately, his imagination. Brian Russell’s work is shown in many galleries across the country as well as at EarthSpace, his outdoor sculpture park at his studio in Tennessee.
Glass artist, Robert Scavuzzo creates works which capture the fluid essence of glass to describe organic forms found in nature. Robert collaborated with Ian Gilula to begin New Day Glass in 1996 in the sculpture program at Alfred University. Their work is shown in galleries throughout the United States. Robert Scavuzzo strives to reinterpret his natural surroundings through glass. Inspired by aquatic and terrestrial shapes, colors, and personalities Robert produces unique interpretations of these qualities in handblown glass.
Glass sculpture artist extraordinaire, Jack Storms has achieved serious recognition in both the public arena and the demanding world of fine art, since he opened his own studio in 2004. Jack Storms works in an incredibly rare medium. A true pioneer in the cold-glass world, Storms award-winning work is sought by discriminating collectors around the world and has been commissioned for award ceremonies, as commemorative pieces and even as an emissarial gift to the President of Nigeria.
Glass artist Ron Starr takes a freestyle approach to his work, immersing himself in the wonderful characteristics of sand, color, and hot glass. What he achieves is a natural presence that creates the perfect surfaces for his distinctive glowing colors and designs.
With his glass sculptures, David Wight works to freeze a moment in time; to capture the beauty, grace, and power of water in its most dynamic form: The Wave.
Glass artist James Wilbat studied water color and drawing as a youngster — as early as the 5th grade. He continued his love of the arts at Illinois State University where he received a B.S. in Fine Arts in 1977. Although he had majored in ceramics in undergraduate school, he encountered glass blowing in his senior year, and he knew he had to learn this unusual craft. In 1980 he completed a Master of Fine Art degree in Design from the University of Kansas.
Alison Sigethy is a Northern Virginia glass artist and creator of the incredible line of Sea Core sculptures, now on view and available from Chasen Galleries.