E-Newsletter : Issue #184 November 2022 – Stephen Powell

November 2022

Holsten Galleries newsletter


Note from Kenn Holsten

Greetings! I hope you and your loved ones had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration and are enjoying the change of seasons. In this month’s edition of Holsten Galleries news I have focused on the work of five of the world’s greatest glassblowers.

Quote of the Month

"Glass is the most magical of all materials."

– Dale Chihuly


Featured Artists



Stephen Powell

Those of you who knew the late Stephen Powell will surely remember that he was an extraordinarily kind person as well as one of our greatest American glass artists. Stephen was honored recently at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, where he graduated in 1974 and was a professor of art for 37 years. The Stephen R. Powell Memorial Garden and outdoor classroom was dedicated at Centre’s homecoming celebration on October 15. I have chosen three of Stephen’s beautiful blown glass pieces to share with you.

Tangy Pugnacious Shrug, 28 x 23 x 12.5″

Brainy Red Lurch, 22.25 x 29 x 16.25″

Citron Vanishing Gladiator, 7.25 x 25.5 x 25.5″



by Lino Tagliapietra

Lino employed two of his favorite techniques in this elegant piece, filigrana (or cane work) and murrine (colored patterns or images). This is one of the most vibrantly colorful examples of this well known series by the maestro.

Fuji by Lino Tagliapietra, 40 x 14 1/2 x 9″


Pilchuck Summer Series #8 by Marvin Lipofsky
, 14 x 16″


Pilchuck Summer Series #8
by Marvin Lipofsky

When California glass pioneer Marvin Lipofsky was alive he created his work at glass centers all over the world. One such series is his famous Pilchuck Summer Series and I have chosen a piece from that series to feature this month.



Stone Vessel
by William Morris

It’s been a while since I have featured a piece by retired Seattle area glass artist William Morris. I recently ran across an available archival piece from one of William’s early series called “Stone Vessels,” inspired by Stonehenge. I find this piece to be a particularly exceptional example of his earlier work..

Stone Vessel by William Morris


Leaf Vessels by Dante Marioni


Leaf Vessels
by Dante Marioni

Another great glassblower from Seattle is Dante Marioni. Here I have chosen a pair of his Leaf Vessel series to share with you.


Thanks for taking part of your day to enjoy some of the world’s greatest glass art. I wish you happy holidays and look forward to hearing from you.

Kenn Holsten

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