Mike Janis of the Washington Glass School posted this great introspective look at the International Glass and Clay 2013, taken during a quiet afternoon at the gallery:
"This posting is intended to contemplate the media based artwork by the talented artists involved in the International show and see what the works say."
The artwork on exhibit invites investigation.
UK glass artist Roger Tye - Roger has two works in the exhibit, and they each present very different aspects. His wall piece is lush with color and organic plant forms. The glass tendrils curve around and out of the dimensional piece - its a very pretty and appealing work.
Roger Tye's blown glass wall sculpture.
His other sculpture "Fold" has a different feel - it's much more narrative. All over the moors and fells of the North of England and southern Scotland, there are strange dry-stone structures - similar to what Roger has sculpted. The stone structures (aka 'sheepfold') were designed to provide a shepherd with a place to hold a few sheep and protect them from theft. Roger's sculpture "Fold", made of cast glass and slate, is a witty contemporary commentary on this concept, complete with security camera.
"Fold" by Roger Tye.
US ceramic artist Jeff Herrity has three of his slipcast ceramic "totems" in the show. Jeff's mother was a ceramic artist, and these works harken back to his childhood memories that include kitschy bits and bobs and elements created from ceramic molds. He sees the stacked figures as representative of a group of people that are a clan. We are all may different, yet we rely upon each other – for if one goes missing, we all fall.
Jeff Herrity "Totem I", "Totem II", "Totem III"
UK glass artist James Maskrey has some exquisite narrative glassworks in the show - amongst my favorites:
James Maskrey "The Worst Journey In The World"
His blown works all reference the 1910–1913 British Antarctic Expedition led by Robert Falcon Scott. The ill-fated journey was to recover eggs of the Emperor penguin for scientific study. It was thought at the time that the flightless penguin might shed light on an evolutionary link between reptiles and birds through its embryo.
James Maskrey, "Winter Journey", "Last Entry", "The Barrier".
The series based on the story "Worst Journey in the World" and asks, but does not answer, the question of whether their suffering was futile, or whether it would inspire future human beings facing very different challenges.
Nancy Donnelly's fused glass panels.
US glass artist Nancy Donnelly is exhibiting her beautiful fused glass panels "Thistle & Berries" and "The Night Garden". Both are made from fused frit powders and enamels fired into panels of glass. Her works have a quiet and thoughtful reserve.
Inge Panneels, "Micro Macro"
UK glass artist Inge Paneels' fused glass panels are created using waterjet to precisly cut intricate patternsbased on aerial imagery of river estuary juxtaposed with bloodvessel structure. The fused glass panel highlights the commonalities.
Joe Hicks "Bottle"
US clay artist Joe Hicks has some beautiful ceramic stoneware with shino glaze. His works anchor the entry space of the gallery.
Philippa Whiteside's ceramics feature incredible detail. The waterjet cut ceramics tell a story that runs around the cube form in different fonts.
Philippa Whiteside "Hope"
UK ceramic artist Philippa Whiteside works at creating beauty with her detailed clay works. She clearly loves to experiment with surface decoration and texture, and has a fascination with text and words.
Syl Mathis' boat shaped glass/mixed media forms showcase his master craftsman skills.
US glass artist Syl Mathis' artwork has me fall in love with both the glass and the method he displays the kilncast forms. He is veryskilled in his metal and stonecarving techniques, and I love his sandcarving of the glass figures.
Syl Mathis, "Ancient Ice", "Time Bound".
The artworks by the artists create intriguing and beguiling relationships with the other works on display. Part of the fun of the show is the new juxtapositions of the different styles and approaches of the art.
Allegra Marquart's kilnformed & sandcarved glass panels (L) and Erwin Timmers' cast recycled glass sculptures (R) have a great dialog in the gallery.