50 Years of Studio Glass Press Event

Oakland, California (EastBayDaily) — As the San Francisco Bay Area begins its celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the American studio glass movement, the Crucible invites members of the press to a preview of the symposium. Come meet and interview several prominent glass artists, see a glass blowing demonstration in the Crucible’s hot shop, and meet members of the Crucible glass community.

Special Pre-Event for the Press October 17, 2012, 1:00-3pm

This press event aims to familiarize journalists with the pioneers, techniques and artistry of studio glass, leading up to the 50th anniversary of studio glass in California. To celebrate this event, The Crucible is hosting a symposium on November 10th and 11th celebrating the Studio Glass movement: ‘California Contributions: 50 Years of American Studio Glass 1962-1212’. Come celebrate the evolution of the Studio Glass movement and the contributions of California artists.

Meet the following artists at the Special Press Event:

Flameworker Janice Peacock A contemporary beadmaker and teacher who creates small sculptures and beads using Italian soda-lime glass that incorporate glass powders and metal foils, giving each piece an ancient look. http://www.californiastudioglass.org/?p=432

Gas plasma sculptor Ed Kirshner “Like Dr. Frankenstein in his lab, I hover over my glass and gas plasma work, spending many hours mixing, balancing and fine-tuning. Still, the plasma light behaves in a way that I can never completely control.” http://www.californiastudioglass.org/?p=134 Bead-making flameworker and glass educator Harlan Simon. http://www.facebook.com/harlanglass

Pamina Traylor An artist and educator, Pamina is currently Interim Chair of the Glass Program at California College of the Arts where she has been a member of the faculty since 1995. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Benton Museum of Art, CT; The Museum of American Glass, NJ; The Speed Art Museum, KY; Tittot Glass Art Museum, Taiwan; and Cam Ocagi, Istanbul. She was featured on KQED public television’s SPARK program, “By Hand”. http://www.californiastudioglass.org/?p=452

Symposium keynote speaker Marvin Lipofsky Marvin who started the first glass program in 1964, at the UC Berkeley School of Environmental Design. http://www.californiastudioglass.org/?p=107

Mary White and Michelle Knox Co-producers of the event are prominent glass artists themselves and will demonstrate glass blowing in The Crucible hot shop. Both Mary and Michelle have works in the upcoming exhibit, “Play with Fire” at the Oakland Museum of California. See these artists at work during the special press event.

Youth glass artist Henry Cardenas Henry will be sharing his experiences as a member of The Crucible Youth Glass Program.

Note: A complete list of artists giving workshops at the symposium is located on the event website including bios and images of their work http://www.californiastudioglass.org.

The Symposium is part of a larger Bay Area Celebration!

There are three additional events in the Bay Area in celebration the 50th anniversary of Studio Glass. The Oakland Museum of California and the DeYoung Museum both have exhibits opening in October. On November 9th, the California College of the Art Glass Program is celebrating it’s Glass Jubilee and Alumni Exhibit with demo by alumni Boyd Sugiki. Many of the artists exhibiting works at these events, will be presenting workshops at the Symposium where they will be sharing their skills and demonstrating the techniques that made them world-class artists. See links to these other events on our website: http://www.californiastudioglass.org/?page_id=805

This event is partially sponsored by – The Crucible, The Glass Alliance of Northern California, the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass, Denny Abrams, the Glass Art Society, and the Clay and Glass Arts Foundation.

About The Crucible – The Crucible is an educational facility that offers classes in the fine and industrial arts to people at all skill levels as well as original Bay Area corporate team building events. The Crucible is located at 1260 7th Street, Oakland, CA 95607. For more information about the Crucible go to http://www.thecrucible.org

Please RSVP to Barbara Barnett (glasscrucible(at)gmail(dot)com / 510 835-5815)


Barbara Barnett