Amber Cowan’s upcoming exhibitions


Amber Cowan working in the Tyler Glass studios / February 2013

Amber Cowan (Adjunct Assistant Professor/MFA 2011) has been working like crazy in the studio for months: flameworking, sandblasting, coldworking, and firing kilns. She is there constantly, making work for two upcoming exhibitions. The first is the group show, New Visions at the Wexler Gallery (201 North 3rd Street, Philadelphia), running March 3 – April 27, 2013. The opening reception will take place Friday, March 3rd from 5-8pm. More info here:


Amber Cowan for Heller Gallery, 2013
Peach Bloom
Installation detail
Recycled American pressed glass and mixed media
Photo: Matt Hollerbush

The second is a solo exhibition titled “Reconstructions” at Heller Gallery in New York (420 W. 14th St. New York), opening Saturday March 9; the reception is 5.30 – 8pm. More info here:

Recently, she exhibited at SOFA Chicago with Heller Gallery. Here is her statement about the works exhibited there:

“These pieces were created using vintage recycled and found glass from the Lancaster Colony Corporation. Colony Glass was an offshoot of Indiana Glass Factory, a reputable American pressed glass manufacturer in existence from 1907-2002. The Colony Harvest pattern was a very popular line of opaque milk glass tableware in production from the 1950-1980’s. The primary method of acquiring the Colony Harvest wares was through S&H Green Stamps, a rewards and return system based on grocery store spending. Because of its prevalence in American homes due to its availability as a reward item, the Colony Harvest pattern is a very common and overlooked item in todays second-hand market. The pattern is flooding thrift store shelves as subsequent generations are replacing it with more contemporary table-ware. I reconstruct this glass and alter its original state while keeping intact the original vintage feeling. I wish to reference the history of the pressed glass industry and bring into focus the feeling of its past glory and forlorn future. The particular richness in the Colony Harvest white is so seductive in its depth that it was an undeniable choice for second-life redemption. Originally acquired through grocery store stamp points the Colony Harvest pattern makes its futuristic reincarnation into it’s true luxury calling.” – Amber Cowan, 2013


Amber Cowan  2013
Whole Milk Wash Basin in Colony Harvest
American pressed glass
Photo: Matt Hollerbush


Amber Cowan  2013
Wedding Compote in Colony Harvest
American pressed glass
Photo: Matt Hollerbush

I love that Amber works in the Tyler Glass studios. The students see her working every day (and night!), and it is inspiring for all of us. I can’t wait for her shows at Wexler and Heller!  –  Sharyn O’Mara

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