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

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

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

Couch Intervention Project: Four Tyler Glass Juniors Collaborate

To get the semester off to a quick start, I gave a two-week group project to four juniors: Andrew Certo, Eamon DeFabbia-Kane, Morgan Gilbreath and Katey Murphy. Their assignment was a Couch Intervention using the existing couch in Temple Contemporary. The criteria: the Intervention would take place from February 6 – 16; the Gallery Monitor must be able to sit on at least one cushion; and the couch must be able to be moved to accommodate the changing needs of the space due to events/performances/etc.
They came up with a great solution: Grass Couch.
They wrote a brief statement for the piece:
For the Couch Intervention in Temple Contemporary, we wanted to create a piece that had a life of its own, constantly changing over time. By lining the couch cushions with soil and seed, our creation was initially invisible, but slowly germinating and growing. In about a week’s time, the grass began to sprout through the burlap-covered cushions in bright green tufts and is continuing to grow at an alarming speed. The gallery monitor sits on the couch beside the grass, tending to it with a grow light and a watering can. This piece represents the silent, subtle growth that occurs beyond human detection and offers what winter deprives us of: the earthy smell of soil and refreshing sight of green life that revitalizes us all.
Everyone in the gallery loved the idea, and we kept our fingers crossed that the grass would actually have enough time to germinate and grow during the short time span allotted. We were all pretty amazed at how quickly it came to life, with blades of grass sprouting after just a couple of days. The artists continue to document the changes, and at the end of the scheduled installation on the 16th, the Grass Couch will be relocated to the Tyler Glass Studios for a few weeks so that we can continue to enjoy the it while Temple Contemporary starts to build-out for the upcoming solo MFA Exhibitions.
Sincere thanks to Robert Blackson and Sarah Biemiller at Temple Contemporary for giving the students this opportunity!
– Sharyn O’Mara

Megan Biddle: upcoming exhibition in at AIR in NY


Megan Biddle 2013
Untitled (Caithness Bloom) detail
9″ x 9″ x 9″ cast glass

Mark you calendars: Tyler Glass faculty Megan Biddle has work in an upcoming exhibition in NY!

40/40: A Double Vision
curated by Lilly Wei

March 7- 30th 2013

Thursday March 7th 6-9pm
The  AIR Gallery
111 Front St #228
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Announcing the LAURIE WAGMAN LECTURE SERIES IN GLASS at Tyler School of Art / Spring 2013

January 30
Lecture 1.30pm in B089 and demo at 2.30pm in the Irvin Borowsky Glass Studios / Hot Shop

February 13
Lecture at 1.30pm in 121 and demo at 2.30pm in the Irvin Borowsky Glass Studios / Hot Shop

February 20
Lecture 1.30pm in B089

February 27
Lecture 1.30pm in 121 and demo at 2.30pm in the Irvin Borowsky Glass Studios / Hot Shop

Date to be Announced

March 20
Lecture 1.30pm in B089 and demo at 2.30pm in the Irvin Borowsky Glass Studios / Flameworking

March 27
Lecture 1.30pm in B089 and demo at 2.30pm in Hot Shop

April 3
Lecture at 1.30pm in B004

April 8 – 10
Monday April 8  Hot Blowing demo 2.30 – 5pm in the Irvin Borowsky Glass Studios / Hot Shop
Wednesday April 10  1.30pm Lecture in 121 and demo 2.30 – 5pm in the Irvin Borowsky Glass Studios / Flameworking

For more information about the Laurie Wagman Lecture Series in Glass, please email