Those Summer Nights (and Days)

By Alex Carr, Communications Manager

Labor Day has passed, which means fall hours have arrived at Museum of Glass (MOG). It was another lively summer for the Museum, especially with the return of Night Blow. Here are some of the summer season’s highlights.

Night Blow

Once upon a time, Museum of Glass hosted an evening event called Night Blow. This summer, the Museum decided to bring back the popular party and host two free Night Blows for the public to enjoy on those beautiful Pacific Northwest evenings. The first one, in July, invited visitors to enjoy glassblowing by Dan Friday and Courtney Branam in the Hot Shop, fire dancing on the plaza, and music by SoundAbout DJ. Next month’s Night Blow saw nearly 1,000 people visit MOG on Third Thursday to watch the Tacoma Glassblowing Studio team in the Hot Shop and flameworking on the plaza. SoundAbout DJ returned for the second Night Blow of the summer and Social Bar and Grill kept hungry guests happy with their food truck on the plaza.

Night Blow guests gather to watch the fire dancing performance. Photo by John Ferguson.

Visiting Artist Lino Tagliapietra

There’s nothing quite like watching the Maestro of glass art working in the Museum’s Hot Shop. In July, Lino Tagliapietra returned to MOG for another Visiting Artist Residency, and this time visitors were treated to something new—Tagliapietra’s Endeavor boats. During his previous residencies, the Maestro and his team have worked with the Museum of Glass Hot Shop Team on a variety of vessels, but this time around it was all about the boats. Check out Hot Shop emcee Greg Owen’s earlier blog post on Tagliapietra’s summer residency.

Russell Johnson Photographer, Lino Tagliapietra Inc.
Russell Johnson Photographer, Lino Tagliapietra Inc.

Rev Up

The Museum’s annual Red Hot Auction & Gala is just around the corner. To get ready for the September 17 event, Museum of Glass hosted its second Rev Up party. Artists, art lovers, and Museum of Glass patrons enjoyed an evening at Seattle’s Glass Distillery, where guests began to get red carpet ready for Red Hot. Tickets to the annual gala, featuring a gourmet dinner, live and silent auctions, and an after party with Ethan Stern, are available online.

See more photos from Rev Up here.

Summer may have come and gone, but there’s still plenty to look forward to this year. I’m personally excited for the opening of the Museum’s new exhibition Into the Deep, seasonal hands-on glassmaking workshops, and, of course, more Visiting Artists!

Alex Carr is the Communications Manager at Museum of Glass. When she’s not circulating the Hot Shop floor trying to get the perfect Instagram shot for the Museum, you’ll find her baking at home, running at Green Lake, or exploring Washington’s wineries.

Farewell from Museum of Glass Staff Member, Clarissa Gines

By Clarissa Gines

On Saturday, December 5, I entered Museum of Glass (MOG) as an employee for the last time. As I reflect on my one-and-a-half years at the Museum, I can’t help but feel grateful for the experience—it has been quite a ride. As an employee of MOG, I gained a wealth of knowledge about the Museum, the glass community, and its supporters. The Museum is such a dynamic, creative institution that really supports and promotes glassblowing, and I appreciate the effort MOG makes in educating the community on the wonders of the art form.

I was fortunate enough to expand my role at the Museum, and utilize and develop my skill set in various capacities within MOG; from working in Visitor Services and the Museum Store as a Frontline Associate, to assisting Membership by processing onsite memberships, and finally in Curatorial as a Rights and Reproductions Assistant. The opportunity to work at MOG has been amazing, and without the Museum, I wouldn’t have been able to meet such amazing artists and supporters in person. From shaking Lino Tagliapietra’s hand and having a casual conversation with Flora C. Mace in the Grand Hall, to standing on stage holding works by a number of talented glassblowers for the annual Red Hot Auction, this experience has been beyond memorable. Without MOG, I honestly wouldn’t have been able to have these fantastic encounters and opportunities! Being an employee at MOG is definitely a unique experience; where else can you randomly meet artists and creative individuals that you admire?

It was a little bittersweet leaving, as I made some amazing friendships and fantastic memories at the Museum; however, I look forward to supporting MOG as a visitor and seeing how the Museum grows in the coming years!