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As editor of Glass Art magazine from 1987 to March 2019, Shawn Waggoner has interviewed and written about multitudes of the world’s greatest artists working glass in the furnace, torch, and on the table. Rated in iTunes News and Noteworthy in 2018, Talking Out Your Glass continues to evolve, including interviews with the nation’s finest borosilicate artists making both pipes and sculpture on the torch. Other current topics include how to work glass using sustainable practices and how artists address the topics of our times such as climate change, the political chasm, and life in the age of technology.
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Now displaying: March, 2018

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Mar 23, 2018

Since 2014 Sandra Fuchs has worked exclusively as an independent glass artist creating objects that move the viewer as much with content as the time-consuming and complex manufacturing process required to make them. Combining her kilnformed murrine with the centuries old tradition of Muranese glassblowing, she produces artwork that is unique in the world.

 

"By incorporating many individual components, I want to create pieces of art that have an impact on the beholder in two ways. First, an impression of the entire image communicates as a homogeneous artifact with the beholder. Second, the reflection of every single detail of the object invites the viewer to pause, inquire, and discover something new."

 

Fuchs lives and works in Mautern at the Danube, a small town located within the Wachau, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in Austria. The island of Murano, Italy, serves as temporary home and studio whenever blown glass is required in her work.

 

Traversing her own percorso di vetro or glass path, Fuchs has explored a vast range of techniques including coldworking, fusing, flameworking, and glassblowing. She trained in glass schools such as the Technical College of Glass for Design and Craft, Kramsach, Tyrol, Austria; Abate Zanetti, Scuola del Vetro, and Murano Glass Academy, Murano, Italy; and Cam Ocagi, The Glass Furnace, Istanbul, Turkey. Fuchs’ artistic approach and style evolved and advanced with each master class she completed.

 

Highlights of 2017 included Fuchs’ exhibitions during The Venice Glass Week, September 10 – 17, 2017, at Museo Casa Goldoni, Venice, and an exhibition and demo for Davide Penso’s Murano Glass Meeting. She was also selected as Discovery Artist and exhibited her Flames series at TRESOR Basel 2017. Seeing the reaction of viewers to the work was vital to her growth as an artist. “I only began exhibiting glass in 2015, and am really happy how quickly people have noticed and connected with the work.”

 

In her second U.S. exhibition, Gallery Sikabonyi represented Fuchs’ work in Sarasota, Florida, from January 18 – 21, 2018. People attending the Glass Art Society Convention in Murano, Il Percorso Di Vetro - The Glass Path, can see her work at Ex-Chiesa di Santa Chiara from May 16 – 19, 2018. It will be on display again during Venice Glass Week at Davide Penso Art Studio, Murano, from September 9 – 16, 2018.

 

Mar 2, 2018

Pollution, ocean acidification, climate change, and over-fishing conspire to unravel the ecological functioning of the world's river basins, in effect destroying the very systems that gather and convey freshwater for life. Artist Raven Skyriver, born in the San Juan Islands in Northwest Washington, has seen the effects on Puget Sound and wider Salish Sea first hand. “The health of the rivers is the health of our Sound; its health is the health of our watershed. All water systems are connected, and if one is threatened and compromised, so are they all.” 

The ecological status of our world’s seas and rivers leaves Skyriver heartsick but determined to resurrect their health through education. In September 2017, the artist returned to Stonington Gallery, Seattle, Washington, for an exhibition of threatened creatures of the tides. Skyriver’s sculptures bring us face to face with the mystery and magic of species rarely seen, inspiring viewers to form personal relationships to wildlife. “Once that relationship is formed, people empathize more deeply, keep them in mind, and care about their health and their future.” 

Skyriver’s subjects are not only indigenous to the Pacific Northwest but important characters in Tlingit mythology. Clam, whale, and the iconic salmon reflect reverence not only for the artist’s local ecosystem, but for his native traditions in the arts. Growing up on Lopez Island, playing in the woods, fishing the surrounds, and being in regular communication with nature, all imbue Skyriver’s work with true meaning and power.

Though he has given workshops at Pilchuck, Pratt, and the Corning Museum of Glass among others, Skyriver presented his first workshop at Penland School of Crafts, in Bakersfield, North Carolina, from April 22 – 28. In 2018, he and wife Kelly O’Dell will continue building their new hot shop on Lopez Island. In June, Skyriver will blow glass in a private studio near Cannes, France; from September 9-14, he will teach in Bornholm, Denmark, at the Royal Danish Academy of the Arts in an event open to the general public. From October 4 – 7, Skyriver will demo at the International Glass Symposium in Novy Bor, Czech Republic. 

 

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