Sunday, May 18, 2014

Target Texas: Contemporary Studio Glass

35 Texas glass artists were invited to send one or two pieces for the exhibition at the Art Museum of South Texas in Corpus Christi. I have included 34 of the 35 and only shown one piece per artist. I did not include the 35th artist because he does stained glass and instead of sending a panel, he sent developmental sketches of an installation with a photo. I didn't take a picture of the picture or the sketches but Jeff Smith really does wonderful work.

I find it very interesting that so much of the work (23 artists out of 35) is not blown, hot sculpted, or vessel oriented. I wonder how much our weather has to do with the fact that most of the artists work in different kiln formed techniques as opposed to hot glass.

Many thanks to Jayne Duryea of Coastal Bend College and Deborah Fullerton of the Art Museum of South Texas for making this show a reality.

You can see larger versions of all the work by clicking on the images.

Cathy Cunningham-Little
glass, stainless steel, white LED

Michael Crowder
pate de verre, antique cabinet, velvet

Ellen Abbott/Marc Leva
pate de verre cast glass

Polly Gessell
sandblasted glass

Fritz Ozuna
neon, aluminum

Ben Livingston
neon, acrylic

Brad Abrams
kiln cast glass

Susan Plum
borosilicate glass, acrylic, metal

Leigh Taylor Wyatt
blown glass, aluminum

Damian Priour
limestone, cast glass

Julie Lazarus
solid, blown hand sculpted glass

Jason Lawson
blown glass

Kathy Poeppel/Richard Moiel
blown and engraved glass

Christian Luginger

Jim Bowman
blown glass, copper, steel

Harlan W. Butt
copper, enamel, silver

Mary Lynn Bowman
kilnformed glass, wood

Dixie Friend Gay
glass and ceramic mosaic

Judy Jensen
reverse painting on glass

David Graeve
slumped and painted glass block

Shannon Brunskill
slumped pate de verre, steel, cast glass

Peter Mangan
glass, stainless steel, copper, brass

Bradley G. Pearce
blown glass

Michael McDougal
hot sculpted glass

David Gappa
hot sculpted glass, wood

Aaron Thane Tate
hot sculpted glass

Chad Holliday
cast glass

David Keens
cast and hot formed glass

Gail Stouffer
kiln formed glass, enamels
(my apologies to Gail, both pictures I took were slightly out of focus)

Rachel Kalisky
kiln formed glass

Jayne Duryea
glass mosaic

Bill Meek
cold worked plate glass

Robert Wilson
hot sculpted glass

Maki Hajikano
cast glass


  1. such unique pieces. i like the variety of creativity. :)

  2. Glass is a magical medium and there are so many ways to do it..cast, kiln-formed, hand blown, sculpted...this must have been a very inspiring show.

  3. Iknow so little about this art medium, but it looks far more difficult than paint or wood. I love the diversity they got. I remember my trip to the island in Italy of Murano and how I did not want to purchase anything that could break or crack so easily. It is this renaissance in glass work or have I just been out of the loop?

  4. Wow! There's so many beautiful pieces. That was quite a show...simply beautiful. So much talent. of course I loved yours the best!

  5. This is a fantastic show! Congratulations to you and the rest of the artists.

  6. Very nice, the Mary bowman piece had hints of Marc Chagall

  7. Thanks so much for posting these pictures of Target Texas for those of us who won't get to the exhibition. So great to see the varieties of glass being produced in Texas!

  8. Awesome post!
    Awesome room, too.

  9. These are so beautiful! I really really like the first picture and your stuff of course, and there are a couple of others I wouldn't mind having if I were a rich person--the black abstract and the brown abstract but I can't remember their names. Fritz? And there was another, a mosaic and one that reminded me of Klimt. This was fun. Thanks Ellen.

  10. I really love glass. You people amaze me. Liked your pieces but couldn't find the "like" button.

  11. So many different techniques and thoughts. Looks like a terrific showing for all. Thanks for sharing.

  12. I understand the dearth of blown work. One hundred ten degree temps translates to like one hundred sixty in a hot glass studio. No fun at all.

    These are really something. Lot of talent in Texas.

  13. That is an amazing assortment of work, considering it's all in the same medium. Of course the third one is my favorite, but I also like the vessel with the snake on top, and I like the blobby form of the last piece. It's interesting how many pieces are very abstract and others more representational, or utilitarian like the vessels.

  14. Your "pate de verre" is good enough to eat.

    And the first piece, oh my gods, Ellen, my mouth was hanging open for about a minute. It looks like the rainbow was swallowed by a praying mantis that wanted to be a ninja faerie.

    "Blown Glass" made me think of "Make glass, not war."

    Thanks sooo much for sharing this with us!

  15. All of that is amazing! Some really lovely stuff here.


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