Saturday, July 16, 2011

Studio Glass

Today, Erin Anderson and I were walking towards the Fashion and Textile Museum, when we were lured into an artist's studio by some stunning blown glass. The quality of craftsmanship reminded me of much of the studio glass that I examined last summer at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. We had stumbled upon the London Glassblowing Studio and Gallery, which was having its summer open house and sale, titled Gauguin in Glass to celebrate the launch of Peter Layton's new series Tahiti. We watched glass artists working in the studio. While the vast majority of the pieces were far out of a graduate student’s price range (though worth every penny), I was able to acquire a small vessel from the new Tahiti series. The best part of the whole experience was that I was able to meet Peter Layton! Below are pictures from the day, including my new vase and me with Peter Layton. Click here to go to the London Glassblowing Studio and Gallery’s webpage. One can see Layton's work Stateside at the Corning Museum of Glass and the MFA Houston. We never did make it to the Fashion and Textile Museum – another day.

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