glass and ceramics by jess wainer

i have got a few (not necessarily exciting) personal projects going on that are occupying my time, so i’ll only be writing sporadically for the next several weeks. in the meantime i hope you enjoy this ever-so-haunting glass and ceramic work from jess wainer. she is using a sgrafitto technique on the glass vases. very interesting.

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more intrigue here.


american craft council show 2009, baltimore

between the economy and the horrid winter we are having, i need some serious inspiration right about now. i would love to go and check out these new mind-brightening pieces from nancy and burt over at the acc show in baltimore this weekend.

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a few more of my favorite artists will be there too: jennifer cooke and her funky graphic textiles, the still life glass sculpture work of jen violette and some loverly jewelry from annie chau aka imogene.

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if you are in the area, there is an admission fee to get in but it is well worth it; this show has some very beautiful things for sale! i encourage you to go and check it out. it’ll be open february 27-29, 2009. see more on the acc website and for more of spring inspiration, see nancy and burt’s website.


ruth lyne glass

you may remember the talents of glass artist ruth lyne from the last time i wrote about her. she’s been busy in the kiln and has added some new larger scale panels of glass which are just as serene and beautiful as her tabletop collection.

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if you are lucky enough to be in london you can view her collection with the cohesion glass network at the affordable art fair in battersea park, from march 12-15, 2009. the rest of us non-travelers can admire her work on her website. 🙂


evadne james glass art

uk artist evadne james has a passion for printmaking and discovered that it takes on a whole different feeling when applied in a glass medium. she’s created a splendid collection of glass art pieces that touch on the loss and understanding of past and current cultural identities and how we are affected by it.

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she calls her work intimate, and truly it is.

see more beauty here.


one of a kind chicago: 2008 highlights, pt. 1

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polymer clay and wool creations from debra de wolff

i made my way through the seriously substantial one of a kind show yesterday, which was not easy, because the thing is HUGE. there was quite a lot of inspiration to be found, and there were quite a lot of high end craft and assorted seasonal things that were tasteful but didn’t necessarily fit into my aesthetic or budget. this helped to quicken my pace. the other thing that pushed me along in a more speedy fashion was the fact that we were jammed in like sardines in the aisles here, which i was happy to see but which also made it a challenge to take photos. i had to ditch my camera after a while.

i also have to add this: many more people at the renegade and bucktown shows knew what a blog was and what you can do with it. i was met with a few suspicious gazes in telling people i was blogging the show at ooak. not unkind, but a tad weird, because i am usually yeehawing and high fiving the air when i hear that someone wants to write about me. like my camera, i actually quit mentioning it after a while. i prefer to be more stealthy when it comes to blogging shows anyway.

back to the point though: there were some wonderful finds there, both in the one of a kind/handmade area (which encompassed an entire enormous floor in the merchandise mart) and the artist’s project, featuring compelling artworks one floor down. it’s going on all weekend, so if you like what you see here and are local you should definitely have a look in person!

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serene maritime and still life photography by dale m. reid

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susan hinckley’s whimsical works in wool

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beautifully presented feminine jewelry by julie and koeun for poesi

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gorgeous blown glass from thomas and rebecca maras

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skillful aquatint etchings by george raab

i’ve got another post coming later today with more highlights, so stay tuned!


alice benvie gebhart fused glass art

on first glance at the landscape collection of rhode island artist alice benvie gebhart, i thought she worked in oil or acrylic paint. actually it is fused glass — different pieces, colors and shapes that are assembled from alice’s photographs and sketched and then kiln fired at increasing temperatures so that it all flows together. alice is inspired by nature, and in particular seeks out those scenes with exceptional light and vibrant color. she finishes some of her pieces with a variety of specialty glass, gold and silver leaf or other metallics to create more depth and luminescence.

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i love the perspectives and loose style in these scenes and can just imagine what natural light shining on these pieces would do to enhance the colors even more.

see more at alice’s website and if you’re in portland check her work out in person at the brian marki gallery.


cohn-stone art glass

fall is right around the corner here in the midwest, so i thought i would show you the rich colors and autumnal shapes in these vibrant, joyous glass collection that california artists michael cohn and molly stone have created.

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purchase select pieces at the artful home, and see more rich beauty on michael and molly’s website.


vicky wilkinson glass

these substantial pieces from uk artist vicky wilkinson’s kiln-formed glass collection are inspired by both urban and rural imagery and landscapes. she enjoys exploring the possibilities of layers, spaces and what the two combine to be.

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see more and contact vicky on her website.


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