Our August exhibition highlights fresh design in glass, ceramics, and mixed media from seven innovative artists. This collection showcases some of the latest trends in handmade design: bold colors, clean lines, measured forms, and mixed materials, in both sculptural and functional objects. See works by Gary Bodker, Granite Calimpong, Joe Cariati, Giselle Hicks, Lynn Read, Amanda McDonald-Stern, and Vetro Vero.
The exhibition will be on view from Tuesday August 1 – Thursday, August 31. Our opening reception will be Wednesday, August 2nd from 5-8pm. Refreshments will be provided and you will have a chance to meet some of the artists. NOTE: The gallery will NOT be open for first Thursday due to the Seattle Art Fair.
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ABOUT THE ARTISTS
As the son of a potter in Northern California, Granite’s hands were covered in clay long before discovering glass. He graduated with a degree in Interdisciplinary Computing in the Arts from the University of California, San Diego, where he was first introduced to glass. The draw to the material and process was immediate. Growing up in a household full of handmade objects fostered a lifelong connection to the subtleties of function and form through the scrutiny of everyday use. It continues to influence his practice as a glassmaker. His glass sculptures are minimalist and inventive, with strong features and playful shapes that are often reminiscent of ceramics. He also makes goblets and glasses, which are classical in inspiration, but modern, too, in their restraint.
Granite lives and works in Seattle, where he assists a variety of artists in the hot shop, including Nancy Callan, Benjamin Moore, Ethan Stern, John Kiley, Janusz Pozniak, and James Mongrain. He maintains his studio at the 5416 Artist Collective in the Ballard neighborhood.
Award winning artist, craftsman and educator, Joe Cariati has dedicated over 20 years to the practice of glassblowing. He is a designer, maker and mentor. Joe’s work is an incomparable synthesis of calculated pragmatism and essential beauty. While Joe thrives off of repeatable process and predictable results, it is the fact that during any given piece, he can experience elation, frustration, defeat or discovery that drives his creative spirit. In 2003, Joe established his eponymous studio in Los Angeles, California where he continues to refine his craft and push his boundaries as a glassblower and a designer.
Lynn’s early pursuit in watercolor paved the way to an interest in glass because of its transparency of color, optical intrigue, malleability and material versatility. His creative spirit and passion for glass has intensified since his first apprenticeship in a glassblowing studio. A diverse artistic background ranging from painting, sculpture, woodworking, and theatrical set-building continues to play an important role in Lynn’s inventive approach to glass working. He has earned a highly regarded reputation for distinctly creative work that employs a wealth of techniques.
Born in 1980 in Cincinnati, Ohio Amanda studied painting at SUNY Purchase and later went on to receive her BFA in sculpture from Jacksonville University. She has studied glass and sculpture at Pratt Fine Arts Center, Pilchuck Glass School, Corning Museum of Glass, Pittsburgh Glass Center and the University of Miami. Her career in ﬁne arts and manufacturing has moved her to various locations across the United States and overseas which has lead to her immense interest in how we relate to our surrounding environments, to material objects and to one another. Amanda works with a variety of materials including Glass, Wood, Ceramics and Metal and she explores her interest in relationships through the assemblage of multiple parts, color and line. Amanda currently lives in Seattle, Washington.
Michael Schunke and Josie Gluck work together at their studio, Vetro Vero, to express excellence through creative innovation, contemporary design and meticulous craftsmanship.
Schunke and Gluck studied glassmaking with Pino Signoretto and Lino Tagliapietra. Schunke, a former Associate Professor of Toyama City Institute of Glass Art in Japan, has work in the collections of Toyama Museum of Glass and Glasmuseet Ebeltoft (Denmark). Gluck holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and will be a 2017 Craftsperson in Residence at Pilchuck Glass School. Together, their work has been featured in American Craft, Elle Decor, and they are often Visiting Artists at Corning Museum of Glass and Pilchuck Glass School.