Amber Cowan is a sculptress who works exclusively with recycled vintage glass, and her art is just phenomenal for its intricate beauty and imaginative qualities, combined with an irresistible nostalgic pull. The above tableau is entitled Dance of The Pacific Coast Highway at Sunset (2019) — was part of an exhibit of her work at NYC’s Heller Gallery, which just closed this past weekend.
Amber’s work asks universal questions about rebirth, knowledge, desire and the transformative powers of labor and imagination. Her fantastical grotto-like assemblages are made of re-worked pressed glassware, once produced by some of the best known, but now-defunct, American glass factories. In her most recent, narrative wall sculptures, she creates intricate and exuberant settings for character-objects, which she has collected over years. Unabashedly showing her emotional investment in these objects, the artist pays spontaneous and spectacular homage to the history of US glass manufacturing.
She is currently working with a process which involves flameworking, blowing, and hot-sculpting recycled, up-cycled, and second-life glass that is usually American pressed glass from the 1940’s to the 1980’s. The glass used is generally sought through thrift stores, flea markets and post-production factory runs, the places where it is has been abandoned to the dust bins of American design.
Brand new at this spring’s Architectural Digest Design Show is a fabulous piece of lighting from the folks at Providence Art Glass that’s so new, it’s not even on the company’s website yet. The Morning Glory light fixture can be described as a six-foot vining wall sconce/sculpture comprised of twelve glass buds in an opalescent, pale blue hue, all hand-fabricated with brass and copper with a green patina. To create the buds, according to artist Rebecca Zhukov (who owns Providence Art Glass with partner Terence Dubreuil) each blue globe is blown into a copper floral frame, where the two materials meld together.
Morning Glory Wall Sconce, Detail
The Morning Glory Wall Sconce can be created to-order in any size, with any number of glass shades. The price for the Morning Glory shown here is $14,000, but with prices starting at just $1,000 for one globe with eighteen inches of vine, you can afford to customize this beautiful bespoke art glass for your own home!
Providence Art Glass Booth, Installation View
Check out other unique glass lighting and furniture works from Providence Art Glass online at This Link!
While I was at this year’s Architectural Digest Design Show, I saw and fell in love with so many cool and beautiful things, but never really had the time to distill the day’s many photos into a proper wrap up of the event as a whole. Fortunately, it’s never too late to find a way to feature some of a my favorite photos from the show; in this case, several items I saw in the booth hosted by Chesterfield Gallery, who specialize in fine glass art.
Hangry is a hand-blown glass hippopotamus affixed to a copper wire with a steel base, and it’s part of American glass artist Chris Ahalt’s balloon animal series.
There is a cool Pink Elephant also.
And another Pink Hippo, who seems less “hangry.”
Chesterfield Glass Art is Based in Northampton, Massachusetts. Visit them on the Web at This Link!
Artist Abby Modell creates contemporary art glass sculptures, mirrors and wall installations, and her 2016 Galaxy Collection features new items that are really out of this world. Pictured above is her Dichroic RockStar Cone Bowl, a one-of-a-kind hand-blown glass artwork that sparkles with fractured dichroic glass and Swarovski crystals. Simply stunning. Price: $6,000.
If you happen to pay a visit to the Museum of Arts and Design, be sure to take the stairs to travel between floors, because it is in the stairwell that you will find the museum’s stunning goblet collection.
MAD’s collection of goblets reveals the diversity of approaches taken by artists and designers to create this common vessel. The goblets range from those inspired by historic Venetian masterworks to mass produced pieces, to non-functional works by artists who make reference to the basic form.
There are advantages and disadvantages to having the goblets right up against the glass window, in that the natural light and transparency create favorable display conditions, but it’s challenging to get photos that don’t have, say, a crosstown bus, or the facade of the CVS Drug Store across the street in the background. First World Problems.
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The center goblet, above, appears to pay homage to Bee Keeping. Nice.
The orange, spiny goblet reminds me of some of the pieces in This Post.
I love that this one has a collection of tiny goblets inside the cup!
The Museum of Arts and Design is Located at 2 Columbus Circle in NYC.