Glass Artists at the Architectural Digest Design Show 2016
The GLASS section of the Architectural Digest Design Show 2016 was one of the strongest parts of the exhibition. Here are a few of our favorites chosen by the editors of Design Life Network.
Hailing from the Motor City, artist Andrew and brother Robert Madvin create glass works that nicely balance commercial concerns with art pieces. The work shown at this year’s AD Design Show was blown-glass bowls, stacked glass rocks, and much more. It was the brother’s first show with AD and we look forward to seeing what they have to offer in the future.
Contemporary Art Glass maker, Abby Modell premiered her new collection “Galaxy” at this years AD Design Show. The impressive blown pieces combined celestial colors like white, blue, mirrored glass and hand-applied Swarovski Crystal jewels. The work has items that are desk top, wall mounted, and even mirrors. The collection should attract those who love a small shot of bling with their other favorite sparkler glass.
With a booth focused on lighting and wall mounted pieces, Barry Entner, known for his custom installations, showed his residential side at the AD Design Show. The pieces are well done and had an intimate scale in nature. One of the studio’s best pieces, a play off their Artica lighting fixture, was like a modern sput nik-style fixture with planetary orb at the center and clear glass rods suspended into a vector-like circle.
LEONOFF ART GLASS
Nick Leonoff, a fan of cold-work glass, explained that the “cut outs” on his pieces that dig into the surface without puncturing are made with tools rather than acids and then polished with pumice. The pumice polish also imparts the silky finish of the glass which normally would be shiny and reflective. Leonoff hand-blows the globes and then works for days on each carving untill the surfaces match his vision. Cold-work is extremely slow and careful, speaking to the craft and skill of Leonoff. Each piece is crisp and some of the best glass shown at the AD Design Show.
Kenny Pieper of Pieper Glass whose works are in the collections of Corning Museum of Glass, Museum of Fine Art Boston, New Bedford Museum of Glass, Asheville Art Museum, New Orleans Museum of Art, Hickory Museum of Art, to name a few, showed Murini-blown and lamp-work glass vessels. Murini are glass canes created by pulling the hot honey-like glass into strands and threads, letting them cool and then re-using them to pattern hot blown-glass. The process also includes custom glass beads that are used in the hot blown-glass works. The vessels, while mostly traditional in nature, where refined, elegant, and masterful recognizing Pieper’s great control over the material.
Chris Ahalt, out of Minneapolis produces clean art glass and showed with Chesterfield Gallery. They presented “balloon animals” in the shapes of hippopotamus, elephants, platypuses and other assorted creatures held up by steel “strings” and kept from falling over with weighted bottoms. Artist Chris Ahalt employs tried and true glass methods with cutting edge technology to produce art works, lighting, and custom installations. Shown along side the “balloon animals” was glass artist Christopher Windsor’s lighting installation in shades of blues. Not shown in the photograph above but also represented at the show by Chesterfield were glass artists: Kiva Ford, Jupiter Nielsen, Jeffrey Newman, Michael Cozza, Richard Hollingshead, Steve Pellegrini, and Salmon Studios.
JAMIE HARRIS STUDIO
New York glass artist Jamie Harris of Jamie Harris Studio showed mirrored hand-blown art tinted with color. The pieces ranged from wall mount art, lighting, and table top large bowls. Perhaps the most interesting of Jamie’s work, beside his strong lighting, was the wall mount art glass in organic shapes in the seasons biggest colors-pastel.
Elizabeth Lyon’s is inspired by nature and showed work based on various flowering plants and foliage. Her impressive lighting, wired with great care, is a standout among the hand-blown lighting category at the AD Design Show.
Is known for their thick blown-glass vessels that create patterns and scenes when viewed through the clear glass front. The art looks like painted glass but is done with gold leaf, silver leaf, and various hot-applied and blown colored glass. Artist Randi Solin is a veteran of the industry for more than twenty years and proves why she is a “painter” in glass.
A popular among designers, Tracy Glover makes mostly custom lighting and objects from blown glass. Her booth was full with fans when we saw her at the Architectural Digest Design Show 2016.