Susan Longini

Alicia Lomné

 

THE KENTUCKY MUSEUM OF ARTS + DESIGN PRESENTS

Four Women: Warm Glass

Friday, April 2, 2004 - Saturday, June 26, 2004

Opening Reception: Friday, April 2, 2004, 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Studio glass artists are among the most technically creative artists working today. While glassblowing gets the lion's share of attention, many artists use kiln formed and cast glass to make their artistic statements. Kiln formed glass is processed by heating glass in a kiln to produce desired result. The heated glass can take numerous forms, from flat fusing sheets of glass together to melting it into a mold and sagging existing sheets into or over a mold.

Pâte de verre, "paste of glass" is processed by mixing glass frits and powders with a binder and pressing them into a desired form. By maintaining a lower temperature the glass retains the granular qualities, while the higher temperature gives a smooth, "glassy" appearance.

Of her work, Delores Taylor says, 'My work is a blending of the traditional pâte de verre techniques with contemporary glass sculpture. I am drawn to the translucent glow of pâte de verre. Glass has the paradoxical quality of being strong yet vulnerable. Abstractions from nature become my source of inspiration. The designs incorporate spaces or texture as metaphor of the human condition and the tenuous balance between strength and frailty. I have long been fascinated by people’s reactions to life'.

 

 Catharine Newell's work is constructed of kilnformed Bullseye glass with powder detail. Each piece is generally fired 15 - 20 times before completion. Her most recent work comprises a series of portraits, showing people in passive, reflective stances, executed in painstaking detail. (Click here for more information)

 

Alicia Lomné also works primarily with pâte de verre and in recent years has created many collaborative pieces with her mother Kéké Cribbs. 'Collaborating with my mother is great. Some of my work, in fact, is inspired by the time I spend with my own daughter. Collaboration has so many of the elements of play: interactions, gestures, turns, themes and imagination. The fact that it comes so naturally to us seems to really add to the human element of the work we produce.'

 

Susan Longini combines cast glass elements with pâte de verre. She creates classically inspired vessels with a contemporary color sensibility. She takes full advantage of the surface texture and detail the the use of pâte de verre gives in creating her work. Susan Longini produces two kinds of glass kiln formed glass pieces and pate de verre glass pieces.

The opening reception will be held in conjunction with the First Friday Trolley Hop on Friday, April 2, 2004 from 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Admission is free. 

For more information about the exhibition, contact the Kentucky Museum of Arts + Design at 502.589.0102 or log on to www.kentuckyarts.org. Museum hours are Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., or by appointment.

 

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