[PA-NJ Glassblowers] Glass Artists Arrive for the Season at WheatonArts

Tony Patti gaffer at glassblower.info
Sat Mar 23 13:55:02 EDT 2013



The web page below is short, but the embedded 26 minute video on YouTube is






The video includes narration by the following people:

·        Kim Harty

·        Rika Hawes

·        Charlotte Potter

·        Hank Murta Adams, Creative Director, I especially enjoyed his
statement: "We are all stewards of this facility"

·        Susan Gogan, Executive Director

·        Larry Merighi, Architect & CGCA Trustee

·        Ken Saunders, Marx-Saunders Gallery, Chicago

·        Stan Epstein, Collector & CGCA Trustee

·        Rick Snyderman, Snyderman Gallery, Philadelphia

·        Maurine Littleton, Maurine Littleton Gallery, Washington DC

·        Jenny Pohlman and Sabrina Knowles, collaborating artists

·        Kim Harty, Performance of Craft, SynchroBlow, Cirque de Verre
with LED lights around 19:00 very interesting



Glass Artists Arrive for the Season at WheatonArts


Posted on March 22, 2013

By Susan Wallner

State of the Arts


One sign that the long winter months are ending is the relighting of the
hot glass studio at WheatonArts and Cultural Center in Millville
<http://www.wheatonarts.org/> . South Jersey has a long history with glass.
The Wistar factory opened in Alloway in 1739, becoming one of America’s
first commercial producers of glass, and the international manufacturing
corporation Wheaton USA began by making glass bottles in Millville in 1888.
At WheatonArts, this tradition is both remembered and carried into the
future. The public can visit the historic glass studio to see firsthand how
a pitcher or goblet is made. While there, they may also see a Fellowship
artist from the Creative Glass Center of America at work - perhaps making a
glass element that will be used in a performance, or crafting the 2000˚
molten medium into some other personal work.


In the early 1960s, Harvey Littleton and other artists showed how glass
could be made in small studios instead of in big, factory-style settings.
By the early 1980s, the Studio Glass Movement was in full swing. The
Creative Glass Center of America (CGCA) at WheatonArts was founded in 1983
by a group of artists, educators, and gallery directors who wanted to
provide emerging and mid-career artists with the time and space to explore
working with glass.


Since then, hundreds of artists from around the world have worked for weeks
or months at a time as CGCA Fellows at Wheaton’s historic glass studio. A
new exhibition celebrates the program’s 30th anniversary. “Wheaton Glass:
The Art of the Fellowship” provides a glimpse into the wide spectrum of
glass art created through and inspired by the CGCA Fellowship program.
Blown, cast, and kiln-formed glass is the common factor in the diverse work
brought together in this show.


The period spent as a Fellow can be transformative. Jenny Pohlman and
Sabrina Knowles work together as a glass art team based in Seattle. In
1999, they were Creative Glass Center of America Fellows. “It was a great
gift,” says Pohlman. “We had plenty of time to manipulate what can be a
very finicky and stubborn and challenging material.” “It was very
liberating,” agrees Knowles. “It was a springboard for us, for many of
the series we work on today.” This year, the first group of Fellows
arrives for three months beginning April 24. The four artists are from
Hawaii, South Korea, and New York State (Hastings-on-Hudson and Brooklyn).
Later in the year, artists from Germany and Denmark will be in residence.


WheatonArts opens the Glass, Ceramic, Flamework, and Wood Carving Artist’s
Studios to the public on April 2. The Studios are open Tuesday through
Sunday through December. “Wheaton Glass: The Art of the Fellowship” opens
April 2 as well, and will be on view throughout 2013. For more information,
visit www.wheatonarts.org 


Susan Wallner is an award-winning producer with PCK Media. She is a long-
time contributor to State of the Arts, now airing on NJTV Sundays at 8 pm
and Thursdays at 11:30 pm.


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