E-Newsletter : Issue #093 October 2015 – New Artist Granite Calimpong

October 2015

Holsten Galleries newsletter

Note from Kenn Holsten

Glimmer by Granite Calimpong
Glimmer by Granite Calimpong
7″ x 14″

Greetings! This month I am happy to introduce to you an artist who has recently joined Holsten Galleries. Granite Calimpong is a welcome addition to our list of artists. His glassblowing skills are very well honed from years of working in the studios of other Seattle based glass artists and his most recent body of work has a very distinct look and feeling all his own. At least part of that look is due to the fact that he is the son of a California potter and grew up "with his hands in clay."

In addition, I have decided to feature a number of small scale pieces by artists who are all well known for working in a larger format. I have represented Sidney Hutter, John Kiley, Martin Rosol and Dale Chihuly for many years and am happy to share these small scale gems with you. I think they might be especially interesting to some long-time glass collectors who complain of running out of space for adding to their collections. Enjoy!

Featured Works:

by Granite Calimpong
Granite Calimpong has created in "Skagit" a piece of immense simplicity and dignity. I love the fact that this piece is glass art that is not totally reliant on the obvious qualities of glass to enhance its beauty. I predict that the glass world will be seeing more of this young Seattle based artist! To view more of Granite’s works please visit this page.

Granite Calimpong
10″ x 11″


Game Changer, 19.25″ x 9.25″ x 9.25″

Game Changer
by Jon Kuhn
Here is a well known look from one of the best known and collected American glass artists, Jon Kuhn. However, of the many of Jon’s cube forms that I have seen over the years this is absolutely one of the most stunning ever. The balance between the clear glass and the colorful core material is perfect and the color combination delights the eye. Jon has also started adding a bit of core material at the bottom of the piece where the glass meets the metal base and this adds an exciting element to the piece.

Small Scale Works Feature:

by Sidney Hutter
This new piece by Sidney Hutter has all of the beauty and drama of Sid’s well known similar works in a much larger scale. However, unlike much of Sid’s work, the colors here are brilliant and quite opaque, vs. somewhat more subtle and translucent colors in many of his larger works. This piece creates a big impact for a work only 12 inches in height!

MMPGV#8, 12″ x 6″

Purple/Orange, 7.5″ x 8″ x 6″

by John Kiley
This is probably the smallest piece I have seen by John Kiley and yet it makes no smaller a statement than John’s larger works. Sculpturally this work is very interesting and it has many different looks depending upon the angle from which is it viewed. The two lush colors remind me of a Hawaiian sunset.

by Martin Rosol
This new glass sculpture by Massachusetts based artist Martin Rosol is only about half of the size of his larger scale works. The subtle interplay of cobalt blue and clear glass is constantly in flux as we view the piece from different angles. The optical effects seen from up close add interest and depth to the sophisticated form.

8″ x 8″ x 8″

Cinnabar Basket, 7″ x 7″ x 7"

Cinnabar Basket
2013 Studio Edition
by Dale Chihuly
Finally, here is one of the smallest Studio Editions by Dale Chihuly. As many of you know, these small scale gems by Chihuly have all of the beautiful colors and attention to detail that we see in Dale’s much larger scale works.

I hope you have enjoyed this month’s issue of Holsten Galleries News. Stay well and keep in touch.

Kenn Holsten

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