Therese Lahaie lecture: April 24

We are very excited to add Therese Lahaie to the Laurie Wagman Lecture Series in Glass for Spring 2013! She will be here on Wednesday, April 24 and her lecture is at 1.30pm in Tyler 121. All are welcome!

Check out this great post about her recent exhibition on the Glass Quarterly blog.


Therese Lahaie 2005
“Silver Green Nocturne”
21″h x 24.75″w x 6.25″d
glass, stainless steel, aluminum, Delrin, scrim, low-RPM Motor, cam shaft

Eunsuh Choi Lecture and Demo

I’m still thinking about Eunsuh’s lecture last week. She was so generous with her story. I think we were all surprised to hear that her background was in textiles and fashion. When she took her first hot glass class, she hated it – it was so imprecise and messy compared to the precision that she had honed in textiles. But her father asked her to give glass one more chance, and as she described it, “that decision changed my life.” She took a bead-making class and fell in love with torch-working. She felt that she was again in control of material and color, and loved the meditative nature of the process. She was essentially self-taught after that one class, developing her own relationship to the glass and techniques for working with it.

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Eunsuh Choi demo

Eunsuh Choi demo









She talked about the challenges of feeling like an outsider in America, and missing her family and friends at home in South Korea. This further influenced her ideas and personal philosophy as she blended her eastern background with western experience to make work about personal aspirations in life. Particularly inspiring for the students were her descriptions of her struggles to make the work that was important to her. She described a tiny home studio, set up in her kitchen. There was the time that she couldn’t afford to buy glass, so she dismantled a large and very significant piece in order to recycle the glass into new work. She told us about the very conscious and practical decision she made to work smaller at one point, in order to reduce the cost of packing and shipping the work.


Eunsuh Choi
Flameworked, Borosilicate Glass
22* 22* 30 in (Biggest)


Eunsuh Choi
“Housed Barrier IV”
Flameworked, Borosilicate Glass
30* 13* 8 in


Eunsuh Choi
Flameworked, Borosilicate Glass, Black Mirror, Mirror
Approx 100* 100* 140 in


Eunsuh Choi
“A Time of Relaxation”
Flameworked, Borosilicate Glass
45* 3 in


Of course, her work was beautiful. She gave a great demo, working with pre-made elements. As she said, it was “like a cooking show” that she choreographed so that the students could experience a broad range of her methods and techniques. We were all amazed by her generosity of spirit and skill.

– Sharyn O’Mara

Deborah Czeresko is in the studio!

Deborah is back! She was our Artist-in-Residence last semester and will be here working for three days between now and April. She will give a lecture on Wednesday April 17 at 1.30pm in Tyler 121. All are welcome!

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Erica Rosenfeld: Art can save people’s lives

Erica Rosenfeld left yesterdabest_IIy. She was here for a week and so very present in the studios, with the students, that it will be very strange to go into the studio and not find her working.

Some things I learned about Erica from her lecture:

1. She loves to cook. We saw images of dumplings that Michiko taught her to make, a PizzaTaco courtesy of her friend Matt, a gorgeous salad with edamame, goat cheese, and radishes, and a rather odd shot of a roasted turkey wearing bacon bracelets.

2. She has a sweet dog (also referred to as her roommate) named Birdie. Those of you who know me know that having a dog brings high marks in my book.

3. She collects prison art and showed an image of an amazing box made out of cigarette boxes. I need to ask her for an image of that.

4. One of her favorite museums? The American Visionary Museum in Baltimore. I’ve never been there so I just added it to my list.

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5. She is drawn to outsider art and described her fascination with “what people make when they’re not thinking about art as a commodity and they are working with limited resources.” Some of her favorite outsider artists: James Harold Jennings, Tim Duncan, Dalton Ghetti, and Judith Scott.

6. She believes that art can save people’s lives. I agree.

Erica Rosenfeld

Erica Rosenfeld


Erica Rosenfeld

I’m going to miss Erica and her awesome Hot Shop chicken-cooking demos (perhaps she will make tofu on her next visit?), amazingly crazy-beautiful eggshell pieces, and her incredible spirit, warmth, and generosity.

– Sharyn O’Mara

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

Ché Rhodes: Visiting Artist

Visiting Artist Ché Rhodes

Visiting Artist Ché Rhodes

Ché captivated the students (and faculty!) on Wednesday with a talk about his work, followed by a demonstration in the Hot Shop. It was amazing to hear him talk about his passion for making work and then have the opportunity to experience that energy in the studio. The highlight, for me, had to be when he ‘smacked’ the glass – something I think, at one point or another we would all love to do.
We are thrilled to have Ché working in the studio for the next few days. As one student put it “Can’t he just stay?”
If you missed Wednesday, he will be doing another demo today, 2/15 @ 3:00pm in the Hot Shop – all are welcome!

– Megan Biddle