Junior seminar: CO/LAB




ImageImageSome installation shots from the Junior Advanced Seminar class project. They were given the critique space to use as a “laboratory” for 12 days, adding/subtracting from each other’s ideas, experiments and configurations. They were asked to give up authorship and consider a “call and response” approach to working together in the space, expanding spatially and developing object and material relationships. It was exciting to see the explosions that took place throughout the week, but maybe even more exciting was hearing the student’s response to being given this sense of freedom to act creatively as a community.

Imagery and Glass Course Update

The last 2 weeks in my Imagery and Glass course have been a blast. We have been working with enamels, rayzist, and silk-screening. Loo Bain (recent MFA graduate in fibers) was amazing in guiding us through the silk-screening process. Also we have done experimental slumping and just received new bullseye slumping molds to play with. Next week we will be experimenting with using a flat scanner on 3-D glass objects- I love this project, check out the examples below of previous student scanned images.

– Jessica Jane Julius

Madeline Smith, Senior, Image made using the flat scanner on flameworked glass

Madeline Smith, Senior                                                      Image made using the flat scanner of flameworked glass

Colin Lusis image made from using a flat scanner

Colin Lusis, Senior                                                                   Image made from using a flat scanner, magnets, metal, sheet glass

Susie Sewell working on scanning project

Susie Sewell, senior, working on scanning project

glass object being scanned on a flat scanner

glass object being scanned on a flat scanner

Shattered Glass Animals by Marta Klonowska


Marta Klonowska via thisiscolossal.com

Amazing shattered glass animals by Marta Klonowska via thisiscolossal.com. 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

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′

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

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