Give the gift of glass this holiday season by …

Give the gift of glass this holiday season by registering for one of our intensive glassmaking classes this winter at The Studio. We still have spaces available in many classes, including a new class from Dr. Jane Cook, the Museum’s chief scientist, and Dr. Karlyn Sutherland, one of our 2017 artists-in-residence. A two-week intensive class taking place February 4-15, “Reflecting on Kiln-formed Glass,” will cover using and modifying mirroring kits for kiln-formed glass, exploring kiln-fusing metals to glass, creating mirror and iridized coatings, and a layperson’s introduction to glass science and history.

Freemasons Hall by Aidan McRae Thomson

Freemasons Hall by Aidan McRae Thomson

Light and Dark. by berenice carroll

Light and Dark. by berenice carroll

DSC03070 by Jerry Stained glass window in th…

DSC03070 by Jerry

Stained glass window in the Church of the Good Shepherd in Los Angeles

DSC03069 by Jerry Stained glass window in th…

DSC03069 by Jerry

Stained glass window in the Church of the Good Shepherd in Los Angeles

Casement Aerodrome (19) The Stained Glass Win…

Casement Aerodrome (19) The Stained Glass Windows inside the Church by Derek (Kiwi) Clarke

Chapel of Ecault by Joël Le Montagner

Chapel of Ecault by Joël Le Montagner

Acclaimed American artist Larry Bell has use…

Acclaimed American artist Larry Bell has used glass as the primary material for his minimalist sculptures for nearly 60 years. For most of his career, Bell was especially interested in the precise and beguiling ways in which the surface of glass reflects light. In the last few years, however, he has extended his interest to the way mass and diffuse color operate alongside surface to shift viewers’ perceptions of an interior form. In VFZ 1, recently added to the Museum’s collection, large-scale sheets of glass are laminated around colored cores of PET film and plastic interlay to create two monumental nested forms. Combined in this way, the two forms create a suggestive, subtly modulated interior space. See VFZ 1 on display in the Museum’s Contemporary Art + Design Wing Special Projects Gallery now through January 5, 2020! 

VFZ 1, Larry Bell, Venice and Van Nuys, California, United States, 2017. Purchased in part with special funds provided by Corning Incorporated in honor of the opening of the Contemporary Art + Design Wing, March 2015. 2018.4.13. 

Members of the Wiener Werkstätte often collabo…

Members of the Wiener Werkstätte often collaborated on products and architectural projects. Werkstätte designers and artisans, for example, frequently applied decorative surface treatments to iconic glass forms designed by the workshop. This vase is an example of such collaboration: Josef Hoffmann designed the vase’s form, and Hilda Jesser designed the decoration. Explore more glass from the Wiener Werkstätte in “Glass of the Architects: Vienna, 1900–1937,” a cooperation of the MAK and LE STANZE DEL VETRO, on view at CMoG only through January 6! 

Footed Bowl, about 1920.  Designed by Hilda Jesser (Austrian, 1894–1985); glass form designed by Josef Hoffmann (Austrian, 1870–1956); manufactured by Wiener Werkstätte. Mold-blown, etched, cut, and iridized glass. H. 13.1 cm, Diam. 12.6 cm. MAK, Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art (GL 3303). © Kristina Satori/ MAK.

Object of the Week: Balloon I, Franz Xaver Hol…

Object of the Week: Balloon I, Franz Xaver Holler, Zwiesel, Germany, 1994. 99.3.97. 

The fine engraved lines on this impossibly-thin sculpture almost resemble frost on a sheet of ice. “Balloon I” is made from a large bubble that has been blown out almost to the point of collapse. After cooling, Höller carefully cut away the top section and covered the walls of the sphere with engraving inspired by natural patterns found in the winter landscape.