Note from Kenn Holsten
Many of you are aware that 2012 has marked the 50th anniversary of the so-called studio glass movement in this country. It was in 1962 that Professor Harvey K. Littleton and scientist Dominick Labino created the first small scale furnace for glassblowing in Ohio. Shortly after that Littleton began the first graduate glass program at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Two of his first students, Marvin Lipofsky and Dale Chihuly, went on to teach glass blowing on the west and east coasts and the rest is history.
But are you aware that the Phoenicians were using glass to create objects of art as early as 50 B.C.? Or that the Venetians have been creating glass art for over 700 years? The beginning of glass making dates back approximately to 3500 B.C. in Egypt, Mesopotamia and what is now Syria. Being aware of a little of the history of glass can enhance our appreciation of the magnificent works of glass art being produced in this country and throughout the world today. Speaking of which, I hope you enjoy the selections I’ve chosen to share this month.
Quote of the Month
“When a man lifts his blowpipe . . . everything he knows converges at once on this curious scene reenacted millions of times in human history: a man breathing his desire into the molten glass.”
-Harvey K. Litleton in an essay/interview with William Warmus titled “A Fire in the Studio,” first published in Glass magazine, Autumn, 1998.
Mandala by Steven Weinberg
Magenta Pilchuck, 1979 by William Morris
Jasmine Basket by Dale Chihuly
Thru January 6, 2013: Lino Tagliapietra “Maestro” Exhibition, Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA
Thru February 10, 2013: “Chihuly at Virginia Museum of Fine Art,” Richmond, VA
I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for your interest and support in 2012 and throughout the years. Christine and I wish you, your families and loved ones joyous holidays and good health and prosperity in the year to come.
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