Monthly Archives: November 2014

Docent Traver Trip 2014

By Lena Gibson, Museum of Glass Docent

On a rainy Tuesday morning, five docents (Carol, Annette, Mary, Lysa, and I), two staff
members (Elisabeth and Bonnie), and two guests made our way to the Traver Gallery in Seattle using our Sound Transit bus system. We did not all ride the same bus, and in fact, two didn’t ride the bus at all. For those of us who did, it was a lot easier than driving, once we had figured out which bus to take, where to park, etc.

Bill Traver gave us an excellent tour of his gallery. We went to see two of our favorite artists, whose exhibits were closing soon. April Surgent spent time in Antarctica and used a time lapse technique with pinhole cameras to capture the light and ice and water and wildlife of the area. She then translated the images she captured into glass, using her unique technique of cameo carving into different colored layers of fused glass. She had made quite a few pieces for this exhibit and Mr. Traver told us each were sold already. 12

Then we went to another area of the gallery to look at the latest pieces from Preston Singletary, another favorite glass artist we were well acquainted with. In this exhibit, one of the new features were that there were pieces done in pastel colors, like golden yellow and salmon pink. There were three extremely large glass baskets that came with their own stands. Many of the hand sculpted figurines on Preston’s rattles now had the addition of locks of real human hair3456

It was interesting to see other works in the Traver Gallery, from Chihuly, Nancy Callhan, and many others. We were intrigued by fused cane works from Sean Albert.

We also went downstairs and around the corner to the Vetri Gallery. We saw some very nice pieces from Gabe Feenan, as well as many other nice works by different glass artists.

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I took these photos, with the exception of the one with the pink and gold heads by Preston. That was taken by Mary Robinson.

After the galleries, most of us headed to Pike Grill Brewing Company for lunch and a chance to talk everything over. I learned a lot about Corning from Bonnie and her guest, Lee, who works there. The bus ride home was so much easier than a drive on I-5 south at that time of day.

Shirley Klinghoffer – CRT Revisited

In conjunction with her upcoming exhibition, Shirley Klinghoffer – CRT Revisited, artist Shirley Klinghoffer will be a Visiting Artist in the Museum of Glass Hot Shop. Through her residency, she hopes to continue to tell the stories of people and families who are impacted by their battles with cancer.

In the artist’s own words:

“Cancer, especially breast cancer, has touched so many of us and our families. In a bit of irony, My life imitated my art.

I am a multimedia artist who is thrilled to be showing my slumped glass sculptures at Museum of Glass from May through October 2015. These sculptures, which reference the experience of battling breast cancer, were originally created by me in the 1990s when “pink” was not out for public awareness and “the big C” was still swept under the carpet. Years later, in 2006, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I am now revisiting this artwork from a new perspective……as a breast cancer survivor.

Going through cancer treatment has so many challenges, but somehow along the way, we connect with special people and certain objects that become truly meaningful in sustaining us through our journey and become ‘healing objects.”

Shirley took a moment to share her healing object with Museum of Glass.

Witty in Pink

Witty in Pink

“Ironically, I had just completed my first ever PINK sculpture “Witty in Pink” and hung “her” on a wall in my home the morning before I received my doctor’s phone call telling me that I had breast cancer. After hours of numbness, much later that day, I happened to look up at Witty in Pink and realized that I had created something meaningful in the strong bronze core surrounded by the fragile vintage tulle. I vowed that I would concentrate on finding my own strong core in the midst of feeling so vulnerable. It turned out that this sculpture had been hung above the last lights that I turned out before bedtime. So each night I said to Miss Witty in Pink, with a smile on my face, “Good night, darling”.

For more information about Shirley’s Healing Objects project, or to share your own healing objects and stories please visit museumofglass.org/exhibition/crt-revisited.

Chico Oktoberfest

By Sarah Gilbert, Hot Shop Technician 

For the last several years Museum of Glass has been lucky enough to be a part of Sierra Nevada’s Oktoberfest in Chico, California. This huge celebration of malty refreshments brings in over 6,000 people every year. We are invited to bring our Mobile Hot Shop down as part of the entertainment. We work together with the great Jeff Lindsay of Cutting Edge Tools to organize local glassblowers from the area to all come together and make their wares. Jeff also organizes a live auction during the event where people can bid on items by the Oktoberfest attendees while the items are being made. All of the proceeds from this auction go to a local non-profit. It is a great way to keep the people watching and to give back to the community.

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Sarah Gilbert with the tools of the trade

For the last two years my wife and I have driven the big Mobile Hot Shop truck down to Chico. Our truck is 30 feet long with a capacity to carry 16 tons! In the truck we carry a Furnace, two glory holes, a garage, work benches, marvers, and everything else you might need to blow glass…just about anywhere.

Mobile Hot Shop Truck

Mobile Hot Shop Truck

Becca Chernow and Rich Langley were the artists that we would be collaborating with during our trip. Two days prior to the event, we met with them to off load all the equipment and get it hot in time for everyone to work.  We also got a great tour of the brewery while we were down there.  If you are a fan of Sierra Nevada you might recognize the labels- they are already making their holiday brew- “Celebration” beer in October!

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Sierra Nevada Brewery

It is always a pleasure to make it down to Chico and be a part of this event!  I look forward to many more years of good times in Chico!

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Chico Oktobertfest