The 140th weekly edition of the Northwest Ohio glass interest newsletter.

31 Mar

Welcome to the 140th weekly edition of the Northwest Ohio glass interest newsletter.

  • Headlines
    • BECon 2017 Early Bird Rate Ends This Week – Early Bird Ending Today!
    • Amy Ritter Installation at The Sculpture Center in Cleveland – Opening Today!
    • Glass Shines in BFA Show at BGSU – Ending Sunday!
    • Sibylle Peretti, Stephen Paul Day at Ball State – New!
    • Two Opportunities to Hear Adam Goldberg – New!
    • Busy Time for Schmidt/Messenger Family – New!
    • Mark Matthews Featured in March Marble Madness at CMoG – New!
    • Arts Commission Seeks Candidates for Glass Event Coordinator – New!
    • Habatat Auction Catalog Available Online – New!
    • Pilchuck Catalog Available Online – New!
    • PGC Art on Fire Celebration, Auction: Sept. 15 – New!
    • Teapots! at Morgan Glass Gallery Opens April 7 – New!
    • Sharon Bladholm Exhibition, Talk at Monroe Community College – New!
    • Zac Weinberg in UrbanGlass MFA Exhibition
    • Hawk Galleries Showing Group of Five
    • BGSU One Day of Giving April 11
    • Rosenberg Residency Seeks Four Artists for June
    • Call for Applicants, The Works Artist in Residence Program
    • Upcoming Assistantship Deadline at the Chrysler Museum
    • Summer Internships at Creative Capital
    • Summer Workshop with Marc Petrovic, Raven Skyriver
    • Online Teapot Show at Adam Blaue Gallery
    • Michigan Regional Glass Exhibition
    • Marc VandenBerg Featured at Firenation Open House
    • Habatat’s 45th Glass International Award Exhibition Opens April 29
    • Job Opportunities – New!
    • Upcoming at the Glass Pavilion

    BECon 2017 Early Bird Rate Ends This WeekEarly Bird Ending Today!

  • The Bullseye Glass conference on kiln formed glass, known as BECon, will be held June 22-24; early bird registration ends today, March 31
  • The conference will be held on the campus of Portland State University
  • A message attached to this newsletter has more information
  • Also, see

    Amy Ritter Installation at The Sculpture Center, ClevelandOpening Today!

  • Amy Ritter, the young artist perhaps best known in Toledo for a TMA residency in which she created forms by blowing hot glass into old blue jeans, will have an installation opening from 5:30 to 8 p.m, March 31, at the Sculpture Center in Cleveland
  • Ritter will give a talk about her work at 7 p.m. in the Main Gallery
  • Titled Behind a Hedge, the installation will be on view through May 19

    Glass Shines in BFA Show at BGSUEnding Sunday!
    • Congratulations to several students at Bowling Green State University who achieved a significant milestone in their young careers by participating in their BFA show..

• Glass major Jackie Polofka showed a stunning sculpture titled “Impressions Let Us Grow,” that could have been titled “Lettuce Impressions Glow,” because the glass forms were created by molding hot glass with heads of lettuce and the colorful results are hypnotically attractive; the forms rest on a table she made for the collection.

• Graphic design major Emily Cale used lots of glass in her sculpture, titled “Magic is Everywhere;” she made glass blocks that spelled out the title and were filled with water and glitter; an electronic system activated the glitter as if by magic

• The work earned Cale the Dominick & Elizabeth Labino Art and Technology Award

  •  Graphic design major Tess Healy, who has spent more than a little time in the hot shop during her stay at BGSU, showed an animated Adobe Photoshop work titled “Widening Circles”
  • Glass major Chelsea Ford won the Mark Borsz Memorial Scholarship
  • The exhibition continues through Sunday, April 2
  • BGSU’s art galleries are at 1300 Fine Arts Center in Bowling Green

Sibylle Peretti, Stephen Paul Day at Ball State – New!

  • Sibylle Peretti and Stephen Paul Day will be visiting artists April 10 through April 12 at the Glick Center for Glass, Ball State University, Muncie, Ind.
  • The artists will give a free public lecture from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, in the Art and Journalism Building, Room 225
  • Based both in New Orleans and Cologne Germany, American artist Stephen Paul Day and German artist Sibylle Peretti have strong individual practices and also collaborate under the name Club S&S; they have shown extensively in international and national institutions, foundations, museums and biennials
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    Two Opportunities to Hear Adam GoldbergNew!

  • Fans of newly married Adam Goldberg, co-owner of Gathered Glassblowing Studio in Toledo, will have (at least) two opportunities to hear him talk during the month of April
  • Beginning at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 4, Goldberg will give a talk during Entrepreneurship Week (E-Week) at Bowling Green State University
  • The title of his talk is From Artist to Entrepreneur; the focus will be on recognizing opportunities
  • The location of the talk is The David J. Joseph Company Business Hub, 2nd Floor, College of Business Administration
  • Next up, Goldberg will lead the Localeyes tour at the Toledo Museum of Art from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 13
  • For those not familiar with it, the Localeyes program asks Toledo community members, including artists, musicians, and educators, to partner with a TMA docent to guide a tour of art that has personally inspired them

    Busy Time for Schmidt/Messenger Family New with Opening Today!

  • It is a busy time for the Schmidt/Messenger family of Toledo
  • Patriarch Jack Schmidt is having a show of newer work at the Habatat Gallery, West Palm Beach, Fla., opening from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today, March 31, and continuing through April 28
  • Schmidt and his spouse Shawn Messenger recently juried and have work in the PRIZM Creative Community exhibition in the Fifth Third Bank building at One SeaGate, 550 N. Summit St., that continues through May 25
  • Schmidt and Messenger are included in the show among the professional artists of Toledo
  • They could not attend the opening of the PRIZM show because they were in Philadelphia at the Tyler School of Art for the opening of their son Ian Schmidt’s graduate show
  • “We are very excited and pleased for him,” said the elder Schmidt in an email to me
  • Ian will be receiving his MFA in June

    Mark Matthews Featured in March Marble Madness at CMoGNew!

  • Work by Northwest Ohio resident and artist Mark Matthews is currently being featured in a promotion of The Shops at the Corning Museum of Glass (see attached email)
  • The promotion capitalizes on the current basketball mania by naming it March Marble Madness
  • The text of the promotion says “Mark Matthews’ marbles are simply incredible works of art”
  • The Shops’ website pages for Matthews’ include 59 examples of his work

    Arts Commission Seeks Candidates for Glass Event CoordinatorNew!

  • The Arts Commission is seeking candidates for an event coordinator; the application deadline is April 7
  • The position will be responsible for the coordination of all event logistics related to MOMENTUM, a month-long glass exhibition, culminating in a three-day festival in mid-September; the event is a collaborative celebration of glass and music presented by the Arts Commission and the Toledo Symphony
  • The job is a part-time, temporary position; it is available immediately and will run through approximately Oct. 15, 2017; it may be extended based upon funding
  • For the full position description, click here:
  • To apply, email cover letter, resume, and two letters of recommendation to info[at] with subject “MOMENTUM Coordinator” no later than Friday, April 7

    Habatat Auction Catalog Available Online New!

  • Habatat Galleries in Royal Oak, Mich., will host its 18th Masterworks Auction of contemporary glass beginning at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 27, at the Somerset Inn Troy, 2601 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy, Mich.; an auction preview will be available from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • This year’s auction includes 43 studio glass works from several prominent collections, including the Sosin, Schiff and Goldstein collections
  • Contact Habatat Galleries for a printed catalogue; an online version is available at:
  • The auction will be live at

    Pilchuck Catalog Available Online New!

  • The Summer 2017 catalog for the Pilchuck Glass School is available online
  • Sessions run from May 15 through Aug. 28

    PGC Art on Fire Celebration, Auction: Sept. 15New!

  • Art on Fire, the party to benefit Pittsburgh Glass Center, will be Friday Sept. 15
  • This year the event will be hosted by Coterie in the Frick Building, Henry Clay Frick’s personal office, meeting place and social club
  • This year’s honorary glass artist is Richard Royal, a native of the Northwest and recognized internationally as one of the most talented glassblowers in the studio glass movement

    Teapots! at Morgan Glass Gallery Opens April 7 – New!

  • The 11th invitational exhibition featuring sculptural teapots by more than 60+ artists in all media – ceramics, fiber, glass, metal, wood and mixed media – opens April 7 at Morgan Glass Gallery in Pittsburgh
  • The annual exhibition draws from a diverse group of artists who have been invited by gallery director Amy Morgan to challenge themselves with the teapot form, requiring only a spout, handle and lid for definition
  • The exhibition continues through June 10

    Sharon Bladholm Exhibition, Talk at Monroe Community CollegeNew!

  • According to an item in The Blade today, Sharon Bladholm, who runs Opal Glass Studios in Chicago, has an exhibition and will give a talk at Monroe Community College
  • The lecture will begin at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, in Room 173bcd of the Audrey M. Warrick Student Services/Administration Building on the main campus
  • Her work, in a variety of media including glass, will be on display at the college Monday through the end of April in the library at the Campbell Learning Resource Center
  • For more about the artist and her work, visit
  • I found nothing about this on the college’s website

    Zac Weinberg in UrbanGlass MFA Exhibition

  • Every two years UrbanGlass presents work by artists who have recently received their MFA; proposals are submitted by artists from around the country and a jury selects four artists to present new bodies of work
  • One of the exhibitors this year is Zac Weinberg, Toledo resident and glass art technician at Bowling Green State University
  • The exhibition continues through May 6 in the Agnes Varis Art Center, 647 Fulton St., Brooklyn

    Hawk Galleries Showing Group of Five

  • There will be a demonstration at Glass Axis in connection with the next exhibition at Hawk Galleries in Columbus
  • Treasures in a Technicolor Space, features glass artists Shane Fero, Stephen Powell, Josh Hershman, Alison Ruzsa and David Norton
  • Fero and Ruzsa will do a demo beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 8, at 610 W. Town St., Columbus
  • A preview opening and artist reception will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at the gallery, 153 E. Main St.
  • The exhibition continues at the gallery through June 3

    BGSU One Day of Giving April 11

  • On April 11, the Glass area at Bowling Green State University will be one of the projects for BGSU’s Day of Giving
  • The Glass project is gathering funding for the construction of lampworking and neon facilities
  • The project was generated in response to student demand and has a $5,000 donation to start off the day of giving with some momentum toward a $16,000 goal
  • The project will not only provide new and innovative ways for students to work in glass, it will create facilities at BGSU that are on par with leading glass programs in the country
  • For information on how to give, contact Alli Hoag,

    Rosenberg Residency Seeks Four Artists for June

  • The Rosenberg Residency at Salem State University, Salem, Mass., is seeking four artists to participate in their program during June
  • The program provides a well-equipped hot shop with housing and meals
  • The artists come and work together to achieve their individual goals
  • Participating artists donate two pieces of their first quality work to the University
  • Previous artists include Danny White and Grant Garmezy
  • The deadline to apply is April 10
  • A flyer is attached to this newsletter with additional information

    Call for Applicants, The Works Artist in Residence Program

  • The Works, Ohio center for history, art and technology in Newark, Ohio is seeking applicants for its glass blowing artist-in-residence program
    There are two residencies available; each is 13 weeks in duration
  • Fall 2017: Sept. 19 through Dec. 16
  • Spring 2018: Jan. 30 through April 28
  • The resident artist will perform daily glass blowing demonstrations, provide glass instruction, and create items for our gift shop and commissioned work during a five-day work week, Tuesday through Saturday, along with the glass studio manager.
  • The artist-in-residence is provided with a comfortable, fully furnished apartment, a stipend of up to $5,000 for the residency and use of the hot shop for personal work up to 10 hours per week
    The Resident Artist will have an exhibition to showcase their work and have an opportunity to sell; sales are split 60/40 with The Works
  • Recent resident artists include: Brien Strancar, Andrew Newbold, Joanna Manousis and Erinn Bessler
  • To apply, submit a resume, two professional references and five digital images of recent work including blown glass objects by May 13 to

    Upcoming Assistantship Deadline at the Chrysler Museum

  • The volunteer work/study program at the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, Va., offers skills training, career development and a chance to work with leading artists
  • The Chrysler is now accepting applications for July through January
  • The deadline for applications is April 10
  • For more information:
  • For details:

    Summer Internships at Creative Capital

  • Creative Capital is seeking applicants for a number of paid internships ($15 per hour); May 30 through Aug. 4 (12 weeks)
  • The interns will have a range of responsibilities, receiving an immersive work experience and gaining exposure to professional activities under the mentorship of Creative Capital staff
  • Based on their training and interests, interns will work in one of Creative Capital’s administrative areas:
    Artist Services
    Professional Development Program
  • In addition to their weekly departmental duties, interns will attend weekly seminars with senior staff to learn more about the entire organization.
  • To apply, email: with your CV and cover letter
  • Applicants are encouraged to prepare for their application by reviewing the organization’s previously funded projects to better understand the range and quality of artists served
  • No calls, please
  • Submissions received by 5 p.m. EST on March 30 will be given priority

    Summer Workshop with Marc Petrovic, Raven Skyriver

  • Marc Petrovic and Raven Skyriver will lead a workshop May 22 through 26 in the Glass Studio of the Cleveland Institute of Art and
  • The class will focus on the limitless diversity of natural forms as a subject for inspiration and explore medium of glass
  • An emphasis will be to move away from the endless goal of perceived perfection and let asymmetry give life to the fluid motion of the creatures, plants, or even minerals artists are attempting to depict
  • The class will cover extensive and varied techniques of color application, and different approaches to solid and blown sculpture
  • Register at

    Online Teapot Show at Adam Blaue Gallery

  • Adam Blaue Gallery in Cleveland is having an online teapot show beginning May 15 and 917-565-0347
  • The show will have all media, including glass by Kari Russell-Pool, Janis Miltenberger, David Reekie, Doug Randall, Jennifer Caldwell and Cherry Goldblatt
  • The title of the show is “IdentiTEA”

    Michigan Regional Glass Exhibition

  • Six regional artists won awards in the second Michigan Regional Glass Exhibition organized by the Janice Charach Gallery and Albert Young of Michigan Hot Glass
    Best in Show – Alexandria McAughey
    2nd PlaceAlli Hoag-Clarity Series 1
    3rd Place Lou Krueger-The Thinking Man’s Son
    Honorable MentionKim Harty-A Wisp That Shatters
    Honorable MentionIan Zapico– Invasion
    Honorable Mention Maxwell Davis – Curiosity Cabinet #4
  • Juried by Ferdinand Hampson of Habatat Galleries, the exhibition continues at the Janice Charach Gallery in West Bloomfield, Mich., through April 13
  • Other artists this year include: Herb Babcock, Brianna Barron, Emily Cale, Niko Dimitrijevic, Juicebox Studio, Loraine Lynn, Shawn Messenger, Matt Paskiet, Adam Sanzenbacher, Jack Schmidt, Brien Strancar, Tim Stover, Adam Thomas, Marc VandenBerg and Albert Young
  • The gallery is at The Jewish Community Center of Metro Detroit, 6600 W. Maple Rd., West Bloomfield
  • An article about the exhibition appeared in the Oakland Press

    Marc VandenBerg Featured at Firenation Open House

  • Marc VandenBerg of Detroit will be the featured artist at Firenation’s Spring Open House beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, April 7
  • Vandenberg is a longtime friend of Firenation and a past demo artist

    Habatat’s 45th Glass International Award Exhibition Opens April 29
    • Habatat Galleries in Royal Oak, Mich., will have a grand opening for its 45th Annual International Glass Invitational beginning at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 29
    • The gallery is also preparing one of the most exciting glass VIP Preview weekends ever for the days of April 27, 28 and 29
    • Habatat’s Glass International is the oldest and largest annual exhibit focused on studio glass in the U.S.; it will remain on view through July 21

    Job Opportunities

  • Lava Glass Studio in New Zealand has an open position in its production glass studio; email your CV and cover letter to Christine Robb at

    Upcoming at the Glass Pavilion
    Gabriel Dawe, creator of the recent textile rainbow installation in the Great Gallery, will work with glass in a GAPP residency May 3-12, with a lecture at 7 p.m. on May 5
    • Glass artist John Kiley, a native of Seattle now living in San Francisco, will have a GAPP residence Aug. 23-30, with a lecture at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 25

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