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Five Minutes with David Huchthausen

David Huchthausen is renowned for his use of cold-working techniques in glass, currently demonstrated in his exhibition, David Huchthausen: A Retrospective Selection. This week, however, Huchthausen will return to working with hot glass as the Visiting Artist in the Museum’s Hot Shop.

David Huchthausen in his retrospective exhibition.

David Huchthausen in his retrospective exhibition.

I began focusing on cold working glass when…

I had always been interested in light transmission in architecture and think very three-dimensionally. After blowing glass for a few years, the limitations of the process became apparent and I began to combine hot-worked components with architectural glass in my sculptures.

My pieces are inspired by…

Science and science fiction, architecture, space exploration, and optics.

When I’m not in the studio working, I am…

Either out on my boat or at an antique show.

During my residency, I hope to demonstrate to Museum visitors…

I have not worked with hot glass for 35 years, but I intend to create experimental work during the residency, some of which will be based on my current work with the spheres. I also have plans for a group of vessels with floating figures, which expand on a direction I pursued back in the mid 1970s.

David Huchthausen (American, born 1951). Sphere 3, 2010. Cut, laminated, and optically polished glass. 12 inches. Collection of the artist. Photo by Lloyd Shugart.

David Huchthausen (American, born 1951). Sphere 3, 2010. Cut, laminated, and optically polished glass. 12 inches. Collection of the artist. Photo by Lloyd Shugart.

If I wasn’t an artist, I would be…

Possibly an architect or a museum curator.

Plan a visit to Museum of Glass to see Visiting Artist David Huchthausen working in the Hot Shop from October 12 through 16, or watch his residency online.

Five Minutes with Claire Cowie

Inspired by man-made cairns found in the great outdoors, artist Claire Cowie has been creating sculptures, based on these landmarks, out of papier-mâché, carved foam, urethane resin, wood, and more. During her Visiting Artist Residency at Museum of Glass, she plans to continue this series of cairns by incorporating glass into her sculptures.

Take five minutes to learn a little more about our Visiting Artist and what she hopes to accomplish at Museum of Glass!

I began making sculptures based on cairns…

After a family reunion trip to Kiawah Island, SC, a few years ago. My family has always hiked and my parents are great discoverers of all kinds of landmarks in the natural world. I have been thinking about using cairns as a psychological marker as well as a locator of pathways.

When I need inspiration for my work I…

Look to my sketchbooks. My biggest problem is really more about focusing and choosing what to resolve. I usually have too many scattered thoughts and I’m so interested in process that my challenges are with resolution and editing rather than inspiration.

My favorite material to work with is…

So many it’s hard to pick a favorite! Nothing beats pencils, pens, and paper. But I also really love learning about new materials. Anything that gets my hands dirty.

During my Museum of Glass residency I hope to…

Build on what I recently worked on at Pilchuck Glass School. I’d like to make some pieces that use color, texture, and asymmetry. These will be elements in mixed-media sculptures that I’ll continue to develop in the up-coming year. I have also been making some glass pieces based on plant dissections, and I’d love to see how some of those would be interpreted in this situation. I recently got to be an artist-in-residence in the Nemhauser Biology Lab at the University of Washington and I like the similarity of the fish-out-of-water state that both residencies provides as well as the notion of translating concepts through another person.

When I’m not working, I am…

Biking, hiking, camping, swimming in Lake Washington, reading, and crafting with my daughter.

Plan a visit to Museum of Glass to see Visiting Artist Claire Cowie working from June 29 through July 3, or watch her residency online.

Five Minutes with Ann Gardner

Catch up with Visiting Artist Ann Gardner before her second residency at Museum of Glass!

Ann Gardner working on the Long Day/Long Night installation for the Fairbanks International Airport, Alaska.

Ann Gardner working on the Long Day/Long Night installation for the Fairbanks International Airport, Alaska.

The last time I worked with hot glass was…

My last residency at MOG, so that was around 10 years ago. It was great and I am looking forward this week.

During my Museum of Glass residency I plan to…

Experiment with breath, using blown glass as a barrier to breath. I am asking the blowers to blow organic shapes, a little off center, exploring how to do this to create unusual off-centered shapes. We will be experimenting—I’m excited.

I am inspired by…

Materials, ideas, trying new things, and the natural world and beauty. Honest work, whatever the medium.

If I wasn’t working in glass, I would…

Probably be painting, however, I always told my husband If I wasn’t an artist I would be a detective, so who knows.

Plan a visit to Museum of Glass to see Visiting Artist Ann Gardner working from June 29 through July 3, or watch her residency online.

Five Minutes with Vivian Beer

This week’s Visiting Artist at Museum of Glass is “Ellen’s Design Challenge” winner, Vivian Beer! The furniture designer will be experimenting with glass this week, exploring its luminous quality to create lighting fixtures.

Beer worked at Pilchuck Glass School for two weeks prior to her arrival at the Museum. MOG had a chance to catch up with the busy designer as she starts her Hot Shop residency.

Photo courtesy of Vivian Beer.

Photo courtesy of Vivian Beer.

The most challenging part about designing furniture is…

Balancing all the requirements. It needs to be very cool, clever, or beautiful while also functioning really well. The best pieces challenge material, idea, and engendering all at the same time.

The most rewarding part about my job is…

Getting to constantly explore new materials, places, and ideas.

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Photo courtesy of Vivian Beer.

During my Museum of Glass residency, I plan to use glass to…

Continue my explorations started at Pilchuck Glass School over the last two weeks. I’ve never worked with glass before and am fascinated by how it can carry light. This is the perfect opportunity for a furniture designer, like myself, to dig deep into lighting design.

If I could have only two pieces of furniture in my home, they would be…

A couch and a kitchen table because that is where we spend so much of our time at home and are the most social.

Competing on “Ellen’s Design Challenge” taught me…

How much you can truly get done if you don’t second guess yourself. I’m excited to see what we can do this week at the museum!

Season winning designer Vivian Beers (right) and finalist Sef Pinney (left) with Ellen (center), as seen on Ellen's Design Challenge. Ellen DeGeneres puts eight furniture designers to the test when they come to Los Angeles to compete in various challenges designing and building amazing furniture creations. With a workshop, a lead carpenter and all the tools they’ll need, the contestants will be tasked with a new build each episode. A panel of expert judges along with appearances by Ellen will eliminate them one by one until one designer is left standing to take home the cash prize and win “Ellen’s Design Challenge.”

Season winning designer Vivian Beer (right) and finalist Sef Pinney (left) with Ellen (center), as seen on “Ellen’s Design Challenge.” Ellen DeGeneres puts eight furniture designers to the test when they come to Los Angeles to compete in various challenges designing and building amazing furniture creations. With a workshop, a lead carpenter and all the tools they’ll need, the contestants will be tasked with a new build each episode. A panel of expert judges along with appearances by Ellen will eliminate them one by one until one designer is left standing to take home the cash prize and win “Ellen’s Design Challenge.”

Plan a visit to Museum of Glass to see Visiting Artist Vivian Beer working from June 1 through 5, or watch her residency online.

Five Minutes with Ali VandeGrift and Brennan Kasperzak

Summer has officially begun at Museum of Glass! The start of summer hours also means the start of our Featured Artist summer series.

Every Monday and Tuesday through Labor Day, visitors have the opportunity to see Featured Artists working in the Hot Shop, beginning with collaborative duo Ali VandeGrift and Brennan Kasperzak.

Brennan Kasperzak and Ali VandeGrift; Photo by James Staneluis.

Brennan Kasperzak and Ali VandeGrift; Photo by James Staneluis.

Learn a little about them, then plan a visit to see the pair in action on Mondays and Tuesdays through June 21.

Our Museum of Glass residency is a chance for us to…

Ali: Expand our current body of work.

Brennan: Experiment and try new things.

My favorite music to work to is…

Ali: Wu-Tang Clan, Joanna Newsom, Grizzly Bear, Mark Kozelek, and a wide variety of podcasts, including but not limited to, This American Life, Radio Lab, Embedded, Tanis, The Black Tapes, Serial, Surprisingly Awesome, Lore, Stuff You Should Know, and the occasional Joe Rogan Experience.

Brennan: All kinds! Something fun with a good beat.

The best part about collaborating with another artist is…

Ali: Having the opportunity to bounce ideas off of each other. Working with Brennan has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life, he thinks very differently than I do. I feel like a better artist and person because of our collaboration.

Brennan: That we both bring different ideas and skill sets to the table. We both improve each other and compliment each other.

Ali VandeGrift and Brennan Kasperzak; Ivory and Black Pendulum, 2015; Blown vessel, cane drawn, and sandblasted; 17 x 4 x 4 inches; Photo by Mike Seidl.

Ali VandeGrift and Brennan Kasperzak; Ivory and Black Pendulum, 2015; Blown vessel, cane drawn, and sandblasted; 17 x 4 x 4 inches; Photo by Mike Seidl.

If I could only work with one color, it would be…

Ali: Ivory or black. Hard to pick.

Brennan: I like to use color in combination with one another, but if I was constrained to one, I would probably choose clear. It is beautiful on its own.

When I’m not working in the studio, I’m…

Ali: Enjoying Seattle, riding my bike, kayaking, gardening, and hanging out with our two silly dogs.

Brennan: Active outdoors, biking, snowboarding, swimming. I love the mountains and water, and I enjoy cooking and gardening with Ali.