Deanna Blanchard & Chuck Young
Eye for the Find
Andrew Pyle & Leslie French
Edna "Sunny" Sandock
Robert Handley /Blown Glass
Bob is a young, gifted and very skilled glass artist. Bobís passion for glassblowing began at Franklin Pierce University . He then went on to classes at Corning Glass in New York, and then to Abate Zanetti in Murano, Italy where he became inspired by Italian glassblowing techniques. Bobís professional experience included a three-year apprenticeship at Corning, followed by his residence teaching classes in blowing at the Corning Museum of Glass.
"Glass is a demanding material to work with. It requires all of my focus and attention; from the initial gathering of the molten glass, straight through until completion of the piece. Successful glass pieces require a combination of having the proper heat, timing, and movement. It is challenging to try to keep up with the fluidity of the glass, and calming when my movements become complimentary to the glass behavior".
Sunny Sandock /Stained Glass
From my early childhood days, I have had a fascination for glass of all types. From commercial green and brown bottles to multi-colored textured sheets of stained glass, glass to me, has always had a mystical, magical quality when held to the light, particularly to sunlight.
While growing up in Cambridge, MA, my folks didnít have much left over from Dadís paycheck to buy art supplies (although he tried). I relied heavily on my own creative talent to make something out of the Ďtreasuresí of discarded materials that I found at home and in the streets. I spent many hours learning, by visiting the many ďfreebieĒ art galleries and museums in the city, all around me. Harvard Universityís glass flower exhibit was a strong influence and left a life-long impression on me.
With Momís help, one day, one of my sisters (now a watercolor artist) and I put some colored glass bottles into paper bags and carefully broke them into small pieces with Dadís hammer. Then with tweezers, we picked up the glass and carefully glued it to paper to create ďmosaic glass tileĒ pictures. That was probably my beginning.
I have always loved glass!!! And now, in my retirement years (no surprise!!), I have evolved to, of course, become a stained glass artist.
And, Iím loving it!!!!!
While Josh is committed to the vessel form, as expressed in his blown glass
vases, bowls and platters, he is continuously pushing that form into new
directions. He has become particularly well-known for his planets. When
you hold one in your hand, it is easy to imagine yourself orbiting the
spectacular landscapes that he has created in the glass. The Boston Globe,
in a recent article, referred to Josh and his wife as "A Cosmic Couple". He is married to astronaut Cady Coleman. Josh's glasswork is featured in The
White House Collection of American Craft, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New
York, in Boston's Museum of Fine Arts and in other museums, worldwide.
Robert Held/impressionist vase
Not long after graduating from the University of Southern California with a
Masters Degree in Fine Arts, Robert became captivated with the art of glass
blowing. Pursuing this interest, and subsequently teaching hot glass
techniques, he became a leader of the Art Glass Movement. His work has been
widely exhibited in the United States, Canada, and Europe. His glass
sculptures are found in major collections such as the Roland Mitchener, and
the Indusman collections. His glass goblets were chosen for the "Perfect
Setting" competition which now graces the Governor General's table.
Jonathan Winfisky/blown glass vases
Jonathan Winfisky has been designing and producing unique and original blown
and cast sculptural glass vessel forms since he graduated from the University
of Massachusetts with a degree in glass sculpture in 1975. His elegant
pieces are known and appreciated for their jewel-like colors, sensuous forms,
and simplicity of line. His work is known nationwide and has been featured
in The Corning Museum of Glass, The Corning New Glass Review, The Wheaton
Museum of Glass as well as in numerous prestigious public and private
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