The second Michigan Regional Glass Exhibition, the luster is never lost. The Janice Charach Gallery, inside West Bloomfield’s Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit, will feature incredible glass sculptures and functional pieces by some of the most talented artists throughout Michigan and Ohio March 5-April 13.


Welcome to the 134th weekly edition of Bill’s glass interest newsletter


  • Adam Blaue Gallery at Art Palm Springs – This Weekend!
  • Shari Mendelson Next GAPP Artist at TMA – Beginning This Weekend!
  • MFA Opportunities at BGSU – Deadline Sunday!
  • Brien Strancar to Lead Localeyes Tour at TMA – New!
  • Glass Axis Glassquerade: Back to the 80s, March 4 – New!
  • Michigan Regional Glass Exhibition Opens March 5 – New!
  • Glass Gallery at Greenfield Village Opens April 15
  • National Call for Entry Ceramics and Glass Artists
  • Call for Entry: Bullseye Projects Artist Residency
  • Seeking: Glass Manufacturing for 1,000+ Pieces
  • Eamon King in Group of Nine at Hudson Gallery
  • Fragile Fashion Exhibition at Glass Axis
  • Job Opportunities – New!
  • Upcoming at the Glass Pavilion

Adam Blaue Gallery at Art Palm SpringsThis Weekend!

Shari Mendelson Next GAPP Artist at TMABeginning This Weekend !

  • Shari Mendelson, an artist from Brooklyn, N.Y., will soon be in Toledo for a GAPP residency Feb. 18-24; she will give a talk about her work at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, in the GlasSalon
  • Mendelson has been the recipient of two New York Foundation for the Arts grants and a Pollock-Krasner foundation award; she has had solo shows at Pierogi and Black and Herron Space and has been included in group shows at McKenzie Fine Art, New York City; Jancar Gallery, Los Angeles; and The Brooklyn Museum
  • “My plan for the GAPP Residency is to make a series of new mold-blown glass vessels that reference Roman glass from the 1st – 6th century
  • “Over the past two years I’ve had residencies at Urban Glass in Brooklyn and The Corning Museum of Glass; at these residencies I learned about mold-blown glass – something I had been visually interested in for years but did not technically understand
  • “Using my plastic vessels that are inspired by ancient Roman glass as originals, I made rubber and plaster molds that I used to make mold-blown glass vessels
  • “My proposal for the residency at The Toledo Museum of Art is to expand upon this series of mold-blown vessels”

MFA Opportunities at BGSUDeadline Sunday!

  • MFA opportunities at Bowling Green State University for anyone interested in graduate studies next year
  • The deadline is this Friday, Feb. 19
  • BGSU will offer 8 to 10 students across all media a full tuition waiver and $10,000 in assistantships a year for the duration of their two-year program
  • Also, a torch working facility has been created, in addition to hot, kiln and cold working facilities, to support a candidate who is interested in flame working
  • Contact Alli Hoag, Assistant Professor, Glass Area Head, at

Brien Strancar to Lead Localeyes Tour at TMANew!

  • Brien Strancar will lead a Localeyes tour at the Toledo Museum of Art beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23
  • If you are not familiar with Localeyes, Toledo community members, including artists, musicians and educators, partner with a TMA docent to guide a tour of art that has personally inspired them

Glass Axis Glassquerade: Back to the 80s, March 4New!

  • Help Glass Axis celebrate its 30th birthday at their annual fundraising party March 4
  • Go back to the 80’s at this event and enjoy live music by The Reaganomics
  • Feel the heat while watching glassblowing demonstrations
  • Experience fragile fashion at their annual Glass Fashion Show
  • Plus, enjoy unique grilled cheese creations by Melty Crue Food Truck and one-of-a-kind spirits and cocktails by Karate Cowboy at the cash bar
  • Win great prizes from the evening’s raffle and of course support the arts of central Ohio in your favorite 80’s inspired outfit
  • Tickets are available now; member discounts available
  • Presale are $50; at the door $60

Michigan Regional Glass Exhibition Opens March 5New!

  • The Janice Charach Gallery and Albert Young of Michigan Hot Glass are
    pleased to present their second Michigan Regional Glass Exhibition which
    includes residents of Michigan and Ohio
  • Juried by Ferdinand Hampson of Habatat Galleries, the exhibition opens March 5 and continues through April 13
  • An opening reception will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 5
  • Artist awards will be presented
  • Artists this year include: Herb Babcock, Brianna Barron, Emily Cale, Niko Dimitrijevic, Kim Harty, Alli Hoag, Juicebox Studio, Louis Krueger, Loraine Lynn,  Shawn Messenger, Matt Paskiet, Adam Sanzenbacher, Jack Schmidt, Brien Strancar, Tim Stover, Adam Thomas, Marc VandenBerg and Albert Young

Glass Gallery at Greenfield Village Opens April 15

  • The new Davidson Gerson Gallery of Glass at Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Mich., will open to the public on April 15 when the Village opens for the season
  • The Davidson Gerson Gallery of Glass will house a survey of the entire history of American glass, from the 18th century to the present
  • The gallery is in the MacDonald and Sons Machine Hall, adjacent to the Glass Hot Shop, which is undergoing a major renovation
  • Studio glass from the Bruce and Ann Bachmann collection will comprise approximately one-third of the exhibit, featuring outstanding pieces made by the most significant artists
  • As part of the events surrounding the Habatat International Invitational Exhibition in late April, The Henry Ford Museum of Innovation and Greenfield Village will host a VIP event

National Call for Entry Ceramics and Glass Artists

  • Brea Art Gallery in Brea, Calif., is calling for entries for an upcoming exhibition
  • This opportunity is open to U.S. artists 18 years and older; artworks must be at least 75 percent handcrafted glass, ceramics or a combination of the two
  • Functional, sculptural and installation pieces are welcome
  • Up to three artworks may be entered for $30, with an entry deadline of April 9
  • Brea residents and ACGA members receive a discounted entry
  • Questions? Email:
  • The Brea Art Gallery opened in 1980 and has been presenting quality exhibitions in its 6,500 square foot contemporary space since that time;

Call for Entry: Bullseye Projects Artist Residency

Seeking: Glass Manufacturing for 1,000+ Pieces

  • Adam Waimon is looking for a manufacturing source to produce 1,000+ highball/collins glasses
  • The details of the design are still being finalized
  • Waimon is looking for a high volume production shop or small scale manufacturing plant to produce a single design
  • He does not need all 1,000 units at the same time; they could be produced over a period of time
  • Contact him for further information at

Eamon King in Group of Nine at Hudson Gallery

  • Work by glass artist Eamon King is in the Group of Nine exhibition at Hudson Gallery, 5645 N. Main St., Sylvania, which continues through Feb. 25
  • This year’s artists are Barbara Miner, Ross Mazzupappa, Matt Taylor, Travis Taylor, Lavinia Westfall, Nikki Egerstorfer, Chauncey Hay, Joe Van Kerkhove and Eamon King
  • This is the 10th year for the show, which will feature 35 to 40 works in sculpture, ceramics, glass, painting and photography

Fragile Fashion Exhibition at Glass Axis

  • The gallery exhibition Fragile Fashion at Glass Axis in Columbus, Ohio continues through March 25
  • The exhibition features wearable glass art inspired by fashion throughout history
  • The majority of the pieces in the exhibition have been worn at previous glass fashion shows at Glass Axis and a Glass Art Society conference
  • Also included will be some of the designs artists are creating for the next Glass Fashion Show at Glass Axis March 4

Job Opportunities

Upcoming at the Glass Pavilion

  • Shari Mendelson, an artist from Brooklyn, N.Y., will have a GAPP residency Feb. 18-24, 2017; she will give a talk about her work at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, in the GlasSalon
  • 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

Michael GlancyAt Habatat Galleries, we strive to bring culture, joy, and catharsis to our viewers with our large collection of glass sculptures. Our glass artists, like the renowned Michael Glancy, reflect the beauty and complexity of nature back to visitors from across the world. But it is not only world-famous artisans or gallery visitors who can experience the transformative benefits of viewing or working with glass.

Glass museums, galleries, and makers across the nation have made it a point to partner with veterans and active duty personnel. The purpose: to teach the ancient art of glassblowing to these respected individuals. On the surface, making this art may seem dangerous, as the transformation of raw materials into glass occurs at around 2,400 degrees Fahrenheit. But that heat has the power to heal.

One man who has a newfound, first-hand appreciation of glassblowing is Mark Von Osdel. A military veteran who spent 14 months in Iraq, Van Osdel sought out to learn the skill of glassblowing as a means of coping with his post-traumatic stress disorder.

“It’s something I always wanted to do,” Van Osdel said. “It’s obviously not a cure by any means, but it gives you a reason to get up and do something.”

The owner of Hot Glass decided to partner up with Van Osdel, and has subsequently started to offer hands-on clinics for veterans.

The idea of using glass artwork as a form of therapy is not a new one. In fact, an official Veterans Glassblowing Day was founded in 2013. Glass studios and schools nationwide open their doors to veterans and active duty service members across the country, allowing them to experience glassblowing free of charge. Learning about and participating in such a unique art form allows these individuals to develop a marketable skill and express their creativity in a welcoming community.

While not all of these veterans will turn into artistic pioneers like Albert Paley, Michael Glancy, or Vivian Wang, it’s undeniable that the benefits they receive from their involvement in this beloved art form can certainly soothe the soul.

For more information about Habatat Galleries or our artists, please get in touch with us today.