Note from Kenn Holsten
Greetings! Let me begin by wishing you all a happy, healthy and prosperous new year. In the world of glass art, this year is significant as it marks the 50th anniversary of the studio glass movement (more below on this). I know that many of you began collecting in the 1980’s and 1990’s. I’m wondering if any of you acquired your first glass art piece in the 1970’s. I’d love to hear from you if that is the case. To start off the new year right, I’ve chosen some wonderful new works (and a couple of older ones) by some of my favorite artists. I hope you enjoy this letter and look forward to hearing from you with comments or questions!
Kira by Lino Tagliapietra
Teasing Jupiter Johnson by Stephen Powell
Apple Green and Leather by Jose Chardiet
Raven Steals the Moon by Preston Singletary
Pacific Sunrise Macchia by Dale Chihuly
Happy 50th Anniversary,
It’s very exciting to me that we are celebrating 50 years of what was originally called studio glass and which I now refer to as contemporary glass art. It was in 1962 that Professor Harvey K. Littleton collaborated with scientist Dominick Labino in Toledo, Ohio, to create the first small glass furnace that would allow an individual glassblower to create pieces without access to a larger facility such as a glass factory. As many of you know, Marvin Lipofsky and Dale Chihuly were among the first graduate students in Littleton’s first MFA program in glass art at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. From there they went on to create their own programs in glass at California School of Arts and Crafts (Lipofsky) and Rhode Island School of Design (RISD-Chihuly) and taught many of the leading artists in the field today. Much of the early work in the 1960’s and 1970’s was experimental but by the early 1980’s many glass artists had developed work which was quite sophisticated in both technique and style. We owe a great debt of gratitude to those early pioneers of glass art who paved the way for the world of contemporary glass that we all know and love!
I hope you have enjoyed this month’s newsletter and that you are all having an excellent start to the new year!
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