Shattered Glass Animals by Marta Klonowska


Marta Klonowska via

Amazing shattered glass animals by Marta Klonowska via This looks like the one we saw in Glasstress at the Museum of Arts and Design last year on one of the Glass Program day trips to New York.
– Sharyn O’Mara

Two great opportunities

UrbanGlass is seeking a Studio Head Technician

Workhouse Arts Center Glass Program Manager
The Workhouse Arts Center is currently in search of a new Glass Program Manager.  

The Workhouse Glass Program Manager is responsible for the design, coordination, and implementation of the Glass Program at the Workhouse Arts Center, including glass blowing in an expanding Hot Shop, fusing, torch working, stained glass, and casting.  This unique position calls for a “people person” with administrative/managerial skills who is knowledgeable of the contemporary glass art world and technically savvy with respect to glass-related equipment, and who operates well in an environment of constrained resources.  A Master’s degree within the glass/art related field is required, or equivalent professional experience.

The Workhouse Arts Center is located in Lorton Virginia, just south of Washington DC, in the repurposed historic DC Workhouse Prison.  The new Glass Program Manager will oversee a Gallery, three classrooms, a hot shop, and eight studios with resident artists.

The call is open until filled.   More information may be found here:

Exhibitions opening this weekend

Amber Cowan (Tyler Glass Faculty and MFA 2010) has a new body of work in New Visions: Jen Blazina, Amber Cowan, Joanna Manousis, & Stacey Lee Webber at Wexler Gallery, opening this FRIDAY MARCH 1 from 5 – 8pm. The exhibition runs March 1 – April 27. Wexler Gallery is at 201 North 3rd Street in Philadelphia (at the corner of 3rd and Race Streets).

Also, Tyler Glass senior Madeline Rile Smith has a piece in Sculpture Now 2013, a Washington Sculptors Group juried national group exhibition at Honfleur Gallery in Washington DC. The opening is Friday, March 1 from 6 – 9pm at 1241 Good Hope Road SE, Washington DC, 20020. Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday 12-5pm.


Madeline Rile Smith (Tyler Glass senior) with her work “Petrification” chosen for Sculpture NOW 2013 at the Honfleur Gallery in Washington DC
Flameworked and kiln formed glass, steel wool
7′ x 5′

Great Opportunity: Calling all artists/deadline is Friday!

1708 Gallery is accepting entries for our 3rd FEED Juried Biennial.
DEADLINE: THIS Friday, March 1, 2013!
1708 Gallery invites artists to submit work for the third 1708 Gallery Feed Biennial. This international juried exhibition is open to any professional or graduate student artist working in any medium. 1708 Gallery is a non-profit contemporary art space in Richmond, Virginia whose mission is to expand the understanding, development, and appreciation of contemporary art by giving exposure to both emerging and established artists. This exhibition will feature multiple works by the top 5 entries as selected by the jurors. Each of the 5 finalists will receive a $1000 honorarium.
The jurors are Sarah Eckhardt, Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA and Corin Hewitt, Assistant Professor, Sculpture and Extended Media, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA.
To enter go to

Rob Wynne: Visiting Artist

Last Wednesday Rob Wynne gave a lecture as part of the Laurie Wagman Lecture Series. He gave us a brief overview of his extensive body of work starting with some early text based works from the 70’s. He showed a range of work from installations of poured glass text to delicate sewn imagery done with glass beads on vellum. As he spoke I found myself busy writing down quotes that emerge in his work. For example he described himself as a “deranged editor flying over the landscape” and stated, “a beautiful sound alone is not enough. He gave us simple words of wisdom for our creative process: you must “Black out and trust it” and “give yourself permission.”

Thank you, Rob, for an inspiring lecture and sharing your words, experiences, and work with us.

Jessica Jane Julius


Rob Wynne 2012
Silence that Wants to Speak
Poured and mirrored glass
86″ x 67″

Our Next Visiting Artist: ERICA ROSENFELD Lecture and Demo this Wednesday 27 February


Erica Rosenfeld 2007 – 2010
Fulton Street 1am
Fused, hot-worked, carved and sewn glass with seed beads, wire mesh and fabric
30” x 1.5” x 33”

Erica Rosenfeld will be at Tyler starting this Wednesday, February 27. She is the fourth artist in The Laurie Wagman Visiting Artist Series in Glass at Tyler School of Art and she will be here for a full week. In addition to a public lecture (1.30pm in 121) and demo (Hot Shop), she will be talking with several of the undergrad classes and giving demos specific to the course. I love the range of Erica’s work – from jewelry to amazing glass tapestries to performance as a member of The Burnt Asphalt Family. Here’s her bio:

Erica Rosenfeld lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.  She uses glass, beads, fabric, food and found objects to create her work. Aside from her sculpture, installations and performances, she has a line of jewelry and functional glass. Through all of these disciplines she seeks to make work that expresses time, conveys history, and serves as a means to preserve perceived memory. Her wearable art acts as models for her larger scale work; her sculpture becomes a memory of its smaller counterpart.

Erica is a founding member of The Burnt Asphalt Family, an artists’ collective whose mission is to create unique, performance-based “installations” that reinvent objects and redefine the relationships of audience and performer, observer and participant. “Each installation activates its space at the crossroads between art, craft, and design, through innovative techniques like hot-glass cooking demonstrations, shared meals and edible sculptures.”


Erica Rosenfeld, detail

Erica has taught at Urban Glass, The Corning Museum and Worchester Center for Crafts; she has been a visiting artist at University of the Arts, Pratt University and University of Louisville. Her work is included in the collection of the Museum of Arts and Design and The Museum of American Glass.  Erica also has been featured in various publications including The New York Times,  Glass Magazine, New York Magazine and American Craft.  Her work is shown internationally in galleries, museums, and stores.

Like all of our visiting artist presentations, Erica’s lecture and demo are open to the public.

– Sharyn O’Mara

Erica Rosenfeld and Jes Julius perform / The Burnt Asphalt Family

Erica Rosenfeld and Tyler Asst. Professor Jes Julius, members of The Burnt Asphalt Family, perform at Pittsburgh Glass Center

Artist in Residence at Millersville University: Paige Morris BFA 2012


Emerging Artist in Residence in Sculpture Paige Morris working in the studio at Millersville University

When she graduated from Tyler last spring, Paige Morris (BFA Glass) had just finished her BFA Exhibition “And also with you” with funding from a highly competitive Temple University CARAS (Creative Arts and Research Award) and was headed to Penland as Tyler’s half-scholarship winner for the class So to Speak, taught my Michael Rogers and Richard Meitner. In the fall, she started as the Emerging Artist in Residence in Sculpture at Millersville University.

This is a really great and unique residency. I first learned about it several years ago when one of my favorite people, Jennifer McTague (BFA Tyler Printmaking and co-founder/co-director of Second State Press) was selected for the residency program. Like Jenn, Paige has been working like crazy since she has been at Millersville and making great use of the opportunity to expand her studio practice and conceptual framework.

This is the official description of the residency program:

The Emerging Artist in Residence Program at Millersville University is a unique residency opportunity open to emerging artists who have completed their undergraduate degree and are seeking opportunities that will allow them to further their experience and concentrate on their art practice for a period of up to one year. During the residency, the EAR will have complete access to various studios and equipment as well as the university library.  They will also participate in and assist the advanced classes in their respective area, and will have the opportunity to meet with fellow residents and faculty for critiques and discussions.  The residency will culminate in a spring group exhibition in Millersville’s Sykes Gallery” from April 29th – May 16th.

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Paige Morris 2012
Tap Shoes
Cast plastic
7” x 2” x 2.5” / child’s size 11.5

When I asked Paige for more info about the residency, she said: “The residency takes place during an entire academic year and is considered a volunteer-in-service position by the university. In exchange for studio space and use of the facilities, the resident artist commits to approximately 12 hours of work in the studio per week. For me, the main duties include being a teacher’s assistant to the Sculpture 1 class, participating in Advanced Sculpture critiques, and monitoring the studio. Residents are also required to show work in a group show at the end of the residency.”

I also asked Paige about what she has been focusing on in her studio practice.

“I have continued to produce molds in order to recontextualize objects I find intriguing. I have been playing with casting sugar as well as the more traditional slip casting which is still new to me. I also plan to work more digitally through video and sound pieces. Mainly, I have continued to have an open mind and practice through experimentation. Some new pieces I am considering will be deconstructed or built up through restrictive repetitive actions.”

“The new focus of my work has been ‘destruction’. Upon further discussion with Richard Meitner, I found that most of my past works have felt somewhat dead and stagnant. I wanted to breathe life into my works instead of making what appeared to be mementos. With that realization, I have spent a lot of time thinking about moments in my family’s life and in my own life that have caused some form of self-destruction; specifically the death of my grandfather, issues with anxiety, and the never ending pressure to conform to American society’s unrealistic beauty standards. Although these pieces stem from my experiences, they will be diluted in order to allow the audience to react and respond to them without knowing the full story behind each piece. I am finding it more important to attempt to convey an emotion rather than a story and allow the pieces to speak for themselves.”

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Paige Morris 2012
Tap Shoes
Cast glass
7” x 2” x 2.5” / child’s size 11.5

It’s exciting to see Paige’s new work and to know that this residency is giving her the opportunity to continue to focus on her studio practice. And I’m really happy to see the great impact of her time at Penland – technically and conceptually, through conversations with Richard Meitner and Michael Rogers. Oh, and her work was accepted for New Glass Review – congratulations, Paige!

– Sharyn O’Mara

Glass Community Mourns Loss of David Whitehouse, CMOG Former Director

The Glass Community lost a major figure yesterday. David Whitehouse’s private class tours through The Corning Museum of Glass were always a special and favorite part of my summer. I always felt so lucky to hear first hand knowledge from such a scholar. His exhibitions were always incredible and I am saddened that my own students will not be able to experience his stories first hand.

– Amber Cowan

Intermediate Glass class visits Paul Stankard

ImageA quick post: Yesterday, I took my Intermediate Glass class to visit Paul Stankard and see his studio. Paul gave us a tour of the studio and told us stories about his career and journey with glass. Ché came along and Paul was really excited to see him. ImageWe all had pizza for lunch and then he did a demonstration making one of the small figures he puts in his pieces. He even recited one of his poems for us. We went for a short nature walk in his yard to see the first blossoming flowers of the spring. The students were all very excited and Paul was very giving with his knowledge and stories of perseverance. It was a beautiful day and I’m very grateful to Paul for sharing his studio and passion for his work with us.

– Amber Cowan