E-Newsletter : Issue #011 Sonja Blomdahl

Sonja Blomdahl
Sonja Blomdahl

Sonja Blomdahl
“Orange/Aquamarine” $6,000
by Sonja Blomdahl

Fire/Turquoise, B2404 by Sonja Blomdahl
“Fire/Turquoise, B2404”
Staff “Pick of the Month”
by Sonja Blomdahl

Preston Singletary
Preston Singletary

Lino Tagliapietra at Pilchuck Glass School
“Lino Tagliapietra at Pilchuck Glass School”

Mille Fiori IX by Dale Chihuly
“Mille Fiori IX”
by Dale Chihuly

Mandara by Lino Tagliapietra
by Lino Tagliapietra



Publisher: Kenn Holsten
A free monthly e-newsletter from
Holsten Galleries, Stockbridge MA
Issue #11 – September/October 2004


In This Issue

Artist of the Month:
Sonja Blomdahl

“For me, a vessel contains space. In a sense, a vessel is a ‘history of my breath’:
it holds the volume within.”

Thus Sonja Blomdahl, our “Artist of the Month”, begins to describe the intimacy of her creative process. “If I have done things correctly, the curve of the piece is continuous, the shape is full, the opening confident.”

Sonja is well known for the beautiful, classically voluptuous forms of her work, which embody a timeless aesthetic and sense of proportion. “As a human being, scale and proportion come from my body. In the past several years, the shape of my pieces has undergone a change … The newer pieces in particular seem to reference the human form.”

Her use of layered, luminous color is also a crucial signature aspect of her
work. “Color is often the ‘joy’ of making the piece” she says.

Sonja Blomdahl’s journey with glassblowing began in 1972 when, during a life drawing class at the Massachusetts College of Art, she was distracted from her efforts by the sound of laughter and noise eminating from another floor . Propelled by curiosity, she followed the noise to the glass shop, where she saw glass being blown for the first time, and was immediately attracted to it.

After receiving her BFA from Mass College of Art, she attended the renowned Orrefors Glass School in Sweden. After ten years of traveling and studying the fundamentals of glassblowing in a variety of production jobs, Sonja decided to build her own studio in Seattle in 1983, which is still in operation. “I was one of the first independent glassblowing studios in Seattle”, Sonja says, “and consequently I had to build most of the equipment myself. There are many kinks to work out, and even today it requires constant maintenance and rebuilding.” On the other hand, “Having a studio allowed me for the first time to seriously develop my own work. I take each piece myself, from start to finish, with the help of an assistant.”

Sonja has been on the faculty at the Haystack Mountain School, the Pilchuck Glass School, and presently serves on both the Advisory Board and the Board of Trustees at the Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle. Her works can be viewed in many Museum Collections world wide, including the American Craft Museum, the Corning Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Renwick Gallery, and the White House Collection of American Craft.

“Sonja sees her vessels as symbols of wholeness and balance … She puts heart and soul into making her work, and (into) her efforts to create a perfect balance of color and form.”        – Dan Klein

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Continuing: Holsten Autumn Group Exhibit. Continuing daily with works by all our artists. Our fall hours will be 11am-5pm, seven days.

Now-Oct. 31: The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, MA. “Presence of Light” Exhibit continues through October 31. Glass Artist Sonja Blomdahl was a keynote speaker, and her work is featured in the exhibit.

September 21: National Museum of American Indian Art, Washington, DC. Preston Singletary’s glass art work will be included in the opening exhibition.

October 9: National Liberty Museum, Philadelphia, PA. Maestro Lino Tagliapietra will be presented with the Museum’s “Artist as Hero” Award. Call the Museum at 215.925.2805 for further information.

October 26: Museum of Art and Design, NYC. The Museum’s “Visionaries!” Award will be given to Lino Tagliapietra.
Call the Museum at 212.956.3535 for further information.

November 5-7: SOFA CHICAGO, Exposition Hall at Navy Pier, Chicago. Holsten Galleries will feature two one-person shows: Dale Chihuly and Lino Tagliapietra.
Each exhibit will premier the latest works and Installations by each of these
great artists. Call the gallery for further information.

January 14-17: Palm Beach III, International Pavilion, West Palm Beach, FL. Featuring new glass art works by Maestro Lino Tagliapietra.

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Autumn in the Berkshires

Autumn in the Berkshires is a magical time, a soft transition from Summer, a time of crisp air and beautiful colors, bathed in the golden sunlight of September and October. Many wonderful galleries, museums, shops, restaurants, inns and entertainment venues continue to be open year-round. The gallery will be open 7 days a week this fall and we look forward to seeing many of you during the coming weeks!

For further information regarding Berkshire highlights, visit the Berkshires Visitors Bureau website.


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