Third Annual Holiday Group Glass Show
Our December exhibit illuminates the gallery with the sparkle of the season as we showcase the glass art of five extraordinary artists! Evie Ault expresses her fascination with color and the ability to create “functional art” in the form of multi-layered glass jars. Steven Cornett shows his ever creative designs of hand blown glass lanterns, vases, and bowls. Mike Korpa’s glass murals, characterized by various techniques of fusing and reverse layering, are designed to catch the viewer’s attention and desire for deeper inspection. Garry Price displays his strikingly large scale platters in boldly textured fused and cast glass. Patti Wessman’s recycled glass “Memory Pods” are hanging displays of little treasures incased in glass with an eastern art aesthetic.
Evie Ault, Glass Jar
Over the past 20 years I have been inspired and motivated by all aspects of art glass. I settled upon the craft of fusing (kilnformed glass) and the various techniques associated with it, such as sandblasting, enameling, pattern bars, mold making, casting and painting.
I’ve been drawn to the strong and colorful designs that are developed in repetitive patterns. First I start by cutting strips of glass, then rearrange the glass into a design. After fusing the design into a solid piece of glass with the new pattern, I incorporate the various techniques mentioned above and form the final piece of art.
The challenge each year is to create fresh new designs and forms for displaying the glass. This year the jars are a new endeavor. First the body design is developed, and once the halves have been fused and slumped over a form, all parts are assembled with adhesive to form the two parts of the jar. The jars can be used for just about anything except food. Enjoy.
Steven Cornett Glass Lamp
From the moment I first saw glass being blown, I was mesmerized by its molten glow. The process drew me in, igniting what has become a twenty-year passion for glass. I have always been fascinated by the life that each piece exudes when it is aglow, and have long tried to capture that essence.
In my new series of lanterns, I have infused the life of the fire into each finished piece. By adding light to traditional vessel shapes, I feel the spirit of the process.
Mike Korpa, Waiting for Replacement
It’s unlikely that you’ll look at my work and get a powerful sense that it represents man’s struggle against the forces of Wall Street. What I hope you’ll see is something that catches your attention, then compels you to want to step closer and look at the intricacies deep inside the piece. Glass is sensual. You should want to touch it, look through the sides, figure out why the light bounces around in there the way it does. When glass is in the room with you, you want to keep walking over to have another look—because you can’t really remember it. And it will look different every time….
Garry Price Glass Sculptural platter
I am really curious about visually describing in simple abstract terms, how very different things, fit together to make a complete feeling work. With this work I love how the busted up and placed, chunks of cast glass, soften up at 1345 degrees, just enough to fuse into particle consistency melt, but still retaining there edgy state. Like members in a family…not the 1345 degree part.
Patricia Wessman, Memory Pod
I started this body of work after I moved from Oregon to California. I had shells, rocks, coral, bits of this and that….all precious to me.
I moved to California to help care for my 92 year old mother with memory issues. Thinking a lot about how to keep memories alive as well as preserve bits of nature that were important I hit upon the idea of glass pods to incase things of value and at the same time make a thing of beauty. Add to that my desire to recycle and keep glass out of the landfill and the recycled glass pods were born.
The flavor of my work comes from a major in oriental art history hence the love of bamboo and a non-western aesthetic. Please enjoy!