Thursday, November 18, 2010

More images from Tyler Blow-a-thon 2010

Tyler BFA majors working early in the afternoon.

Assistant Professor Dan Cutrone working with Rachael and Alyssa.

Rika Hawes, almnus (MFA) and current Head of Glass at Salem County Community College.

Professor Emeritus Jon Clark, Founder of the Tyler Glass program (retired 2009) working on bench 1 with alumnus Mark Ellis (BFA).

First Images | Blow-a-thon 2010

We will be posting images of the Blow-a-thon throughout the next 24 hours. Left: Professor of Sculpture Jude Tallichet and her team on bench 3.

Link to Blow-a-thon Live Feed!

Check out our 24-hour Blow-a-thon!

Also on the Tyler web site at

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Countdown to Blow-a-thon

Tyler Glass' first 24-hour blow-a-thon is less than a day away. Starting at noon tomorrow (Thursday November 18), the event will run until Friday at noon. A link to live-feed video will be posted on this blog right before we begin. First up from noon - 3pm is sculptor and Professor of Sculpture Jude Tallichet with a team lead by Daniel Petraitis; Nikolaj Christensen from East Falls Glassworks assisted by Carmichael, Alli, and Dana; and two benches of undergraduates from Dan Cutrone't Hot Blowing class.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Tyler Holiday Sale

Tyler's Glass Guild will host its annual holiday sale on Tuesday November 23 from 9am - 5pm in the Tyler Lobby (2001 North 13th Street, Philadelphia 19123). Proceeds from this sale benefit our Visiting Artists Program and Special Projects. More info to come, but mark your calendar now!

Tyler 24-hour Blow-a-thon: noon 11/18 - noon 11/19

Please join us for Tyler’s first ever 24-hour Blow-a-thon from noon on Thursday November 18 until noon on Friday November 19. Artist friends, Tyler alums, students, and faculty will keep all four benches up and running for a full 24 hours. We will be hot casting from 3pm – 6pm. During the Blow-a-thon, there will be an exhibition of student work and a sale to benefit our Visiting Artists Program and Special Projects.

Guest artists include: Jude Tallichet; Professor Emeritus and founder of the Tyler Glass Program Jon Clark with his team of alumni Zach Puchowitz,Patti Dougherty, Mark Ellis, and Jeff Frederick; Nikolaj Christensen joining us from East Fall Glassworks; Skitch Manion; Rika Hawes (alumnus); Penny Rakov (alumnus); Jenna Ephrain; Ben Wright, and Andrew Newbold (alumnus).

Tyler faculty Daniel Cutrone, Bohyun Yoon, Jessica Jane Julius, and Sharyn O’Mara will be working, along with our current graduate students Amber Cowan, David King, Daniel Petraitis, and Emma Salamon, and our amazing undergraduate students.

We will have live-streaming video – check in on this blog for a link at noon on Thursday!

Monday, November 8, 2010

2nd year MFAs in exhibition at Little Berlin

Sorry that so much time has passed since the last post. We have had a really busy fall semester at Tyler.

Our second year graduate students, Amber Cowan and David King, were included in the exhibition "Zodiac Down" at Little Berlin in Philadelphia during September. Photos of Amber's lampworked piece "The Revelation of a Serqet" (2010) are included. Here is an excerpt from her statement:

Amber Cowan
, "The Revelation of a Serqet" (2010)
22" x 22" x 8"

With this piece, I was highly influenced by the glass dioramas made in Nevers, France, during the 16th century. These elaborate and intricate models were impacted by the influx of Italian workers to France at this time. The dioramas often took on the subjects of religious, mythological, and allegorical themes, and like Baroque painting of this period were motivated by color, movement, and sensuality.

My mythological subject for this piece is Serqet, the Egyptian Goddess of the Scorpion. She was both a protector from the stings of arachnids and a punisher known for her burning wrath. Serqet was known to give breath to the justified dead, helping them to be reborn into the afterlife.

The material and process for this piece is lampworked Moretti glass. This type of glass and the techniques that I used in this piece are in traditional Venetian observation.

-- Amber Cowan, 2010

Amber Cowan, "The Revelation of a Serqet" (2010) detail

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


Tyler Glass will offer three summer intensive courses. Please email if you have questions:

3241 section 1
3 Week Intensive: Build and Blow
May 17 – June 5
This course is open to Non-Tyler BFA students by permission of the instructor: email
Faculty: Daniel Cutrone
3 credits
This course is designed for the beginner as well as the advanced student. The students will learn about glass studio equipment design and construction along with exploring hot glass working techniques. For the beginner it will give an introduction to the processes and techniques of hot glass. For the advanced student it will allow the time to investigate and develop their creative ideas alongside the instructor. The student will be encouraged to explore and push their understanding of glass in both traditional and non-traditional ways. The objective of this course is to give the student the necessary tools and insight into glass making, which will enable the student to use glass as an expressive medium.
3241 section 2
3 Week Intensive: Light and Space
June 7 – 25
This course is open to Non-Tyler BFA students by permission of the instructor: email
Faculty: Sharyn O’Mara
3 credits
This course is designed for the beginner as well as the advanced student. Students will be working on a public light installation for Fashion Week Philadelphia. We will develop a concept, design, and produce one or more large scale light works for this public event that will draw thousands of people to Philadelphia. Students will be encouraged to explore and push their understanding of glass in both traditional and non-traditional ways as we work together as a group to realize this large scale public project.
3241 section 3
3 Week Intensive: Casting
July 6 – July 26
This course is open to Non-Tyler BFA students by permission of the Area Head: : email
Faculty: Amber Cowan and Samantha Hookway
3 credits
This course is designed for people who are interested in experimenting with glass casting. We will explore hot casting using sand casting and graphite molds, as well as methods of working warm and cold glass including slumping, fusing, and kiln casting. No previous experience working with glass is necessary – all levels are welcome! This course is especially well-suited for middle and high school art teachers. This course is open to Non-Tyler BFA students by permission of the Area Head: : email

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Tyler Faculty BOHYUN YOON installation in New York

Congratulations to Tyler Adjunct Assistant Professor Bohyun Yoon - he has an amazing piece in Smoke+Mirrors/Shadows+Fog” at the Hunter College/Times Square Gallery in New York. Here's a brief statement from Bo about his installation:

“Structure of Shadow,” is an installation piece which presents a mix of male and female toy-like rubber figures hung with strings and marching in one direction, one after another. Hanging like puppets, the figures portray the idea of a group as opposed to an individual. A light and shadow trick is a key factor in this work: it is a metaphor of the invisible power of political tricks in our society. Using the media of light and shadow, I create an installation work in the space. A full scene of a crowd is constructed by using the whole surrounding wall as a shadow screen. This piece is an interactive work: when a viewer approaches the structure, a motion sensor will cause the light bulb to shake so that the shadows of the figurine crowd will move around the entire space. The viewer’s engagement plays an important role in completing the piece.

For more about Bo and his work, visit his web site at:

Installation view of Bohyun Yoon’s Structure of Shadow (2009) from “Smoke+Mirrors/Shadows+Fog” at the Hunter College/Times Square Gallery.
Photograph by John Bentham.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

TYLER GLASS GUILD SALE This Friday and Saturday 03/26 and 03/27

Featuring cast glass jewelry, hand blown vases, tumblers, and candle holders

This coming Friday and Saturday (March 26 + 27), the Tyler Glass Guild will hold its first sale of the spring semester. Proceeds from the sale fund our Visiting Artists Program.

Today’s Featured Production Line: SKOPOS
(see photo)
Handblown vases by Kieran Kuschke, Andrew Shaffer, and John Shoemaker. These tall vases are handblown in clear and color with fine white cane. Prices: $80 - 120.

photo credit: David Fonda
Another beautiful photo by David Fonda. Check out his web site:

March 26 and March 27
9am – 6pm
Tyler School of Art Lobby
2001 North 13th Street
Philadelphia 19122

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

CGP [Contemporary Glass Philadelphia] Visits Tyler

On Sunday, March 21, we were thrilled to host a group from CGP: Contemporary Glass Philadelphia. This wonderful group toured our studios and exhibition, visited with graduate students, and watched a demo by Assistant Professor Dan Cutrone (in photo, assisted by Alli Fonda).

Here's some more information about CGP - a great organization in our opinion! - from their newsletter: CGP serves as a forum for collectors, artists, gallery owners, curators, and educators to share experiences through the contemporary glass movement. CGP is a source of information on local glass related events. Members receive the CGP newsletter and participate in varied events throughout the Delaware Valley. For more information, please contact Penny and Shel Bernick at

Sincere thanks to our friends at CGP for coming to see us in our new home. We had a great time!

Monday, March 22, 2010

TYLER GLASS GUILD SALE This Friday and Saturday 03/26 and 03/27

Featuring cast glass jewelry, hand blown vases, tumblers, and candle holders

This coming Friday and Saturday (March 26 + 27), the Tyler Glass Guild will hold its first sale of the spring semester. Proceeds from the sale fund our Visiting Artists Program.

This semester, the juniors and seniors were assigned to work in groups of 2 – 3 to design a production item or line of items. Emphasis was placed on developing and refining a concept, quality of design and fabrication, and the economics of producing the item in a large quantity. This project came from our desire to help students begin to prepare for their futures as practicing artists, and how they might support their studio practice.

Today’s Featured Production Line: BUBBLEWEAR
(see photo)
Cast glass jewelry by Victoria Ahmadizadeh, Abby Freeman, and Megan Hughes. This whimsical jewelry is cast from everyday packaging materials including bubble wrap and packing peanuts. Various colors and sizes available; all come with a sterling silver chain. Prices: $30 - $35ea.

photo credit: David Fonda
David Fonda, the father of one of our students, is a professional photographer who kindly donated his time to photograph student work for the sale. He did an amazing job and we are so grateful! Check out his web site:

March 26 and March 27
9am – 6pm
Tyler School of Art Lobby
2001 North 13th Street
Philadelphia 19122

Saturday, March 20, 2010


From the Glass Quarterly blog: Kim Harty's essay on Roni Horn's exhibition at ICA Boston. For more information:

Conceptual artist Roni Horn is known for using sculptural materials to play with the viewer’s perception. Her current show “Roni Horn aka Roni Horn,” opens today at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, and includes photography, drawing, and metals such as copper and gold. But the most dramatic pieces are her massive glass castings.

Horn worked with Schott, a German glass company, to fabricate the three castings on display. Two shallow cylindrical castings, Opposite of White v1 (2006), and Opposite of White v2 (2006), are clear and black castings respectively. Measuring 56 inches in diameter and 20 inches high, each casting contains about 4,500 pounds of solid glass.

The surfaces of the pieces are fire-polished and slightly bowed like liquid under tension, while the sides maintain the rough texture of the mold. The black casting is completely impenetrable to light, and its dark glass mass has a dense and heavy quality. Its polished surface is opaque but reflective, keeping any light from entering the volume of the piece.

The clear casting, in contrast, is optically pristine and the viewer can see straight to the bottom of it. Although the immense weight of the glass is obvious, this object confuses the senses because its looks almost immaterial. At first glance the two castings seem to be opposites of one an other, but their identical title, The Opposite of White, challenges the viewer to reconsider this assumption.

Weighing about 10,000 pounds, Pink Tons (2008) is a 4-foot pink cube which the viewer might have to stand on their toes to get a good view of. The pink glass is totally transparent, and the interior of the casting has giant cracks which refract and reflect light. Looking though the surface, into the depths of the casting, you can examine the cracked glass and understand the vulnerability in the otherwise stolid structural mass.

In her New York Times review of the show as it was installed at the Whitney Museum in New York City, Roberta Smith observes, that Pink Tons and Opposite of White “quietly exaggerates the Minimalist taste for unadulterated materials to the point of flamboyance. “ Although Horn uses Minimalist geometric forms, the natural characteristics of the glass, such as the surface tension and the cracks, speak more to the phenomenology of the material.

It’s apparent from the title of the show, “Roni Horn aka Roni Horn,” as well as many interviews with Horn, that her androgynous identity is at the root of her work. The Opposite of White v1 and v2, exposes a false polarity (just as male and female are false polarities), while Pink Tons uses subtle gender signifier (such as “feminine” pink color, and “masculine” cube shape) to create an androgynous object. If Horn is attempting to expose the nature of androgyny, glass may be the perfect vehicle. Appearing as a liquid but existing as a solid, it’s atomic structure is an anomaly in the basic laws of states of matter. Horn uses the fundamental characteristics of glass to make sculpture which is visually and technically magnificent. Seen in the wider context of her work, it has an even richer meaning.

“Roni Horn aka Roni Horn,” has gained critical acclaim exhibited at both the Tate Modern in London, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. Whether you are a fan of her work or not, these castings are not to be missed.

—Kim Harty

Be sure the check out the Schott link - amazing.

for more information, go to the Glass Quarterly blog

or ICA Boston

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

MELISSA MILGROM author of STILL LIFE: Adventures in Taxidermy

On March 24, Tyler Glass is very excited to host Melissa Milgrom, author of the just-released book Still Life: Adventures in Taxidermy. We're always interested to hear artists speak about where their ideas come from, and creative process - how to start, how to keep going, and sometimes hardest of all - how to finish. We're excited to hear her talk about her experience researching and writing Still Life.

It's easy to dismiss taxidermy as a kitschy or morbid sideline, the realm of trophy fish and jackalopes or a throwback to the dusty diorama. Yet it is a world full of intrepid hunter-explorers, eccentric naturalists, and gifted museum artisans, all devoted to the paradoxical pursuit of creating the illusion of life.

Into this subculture of insanely passionate animal lovers ventures journalist Melissa Milgrom, whose journey stretches from the anachronistic family workshop of the last chief taxidermist for the American Museum of Natural History to the studio where an English sculptor preserves the animals for Damien Hirst's most disturbing artworks. She wanders through Mr. Potter's Museum of Curiosities to watch dealers vie for preserved Victorian oddities, and visits the Smithsonian's offsite lab, where taxidermists transform zoo skins into vivacious beasts. She tags along with a Canadian bear hunter—the three-time World Taxidermy Champion—as he recreates an extinct Irish Elk using DNA studies and Paleolithic cave art for reference; she even ultimately picks up a scalpel herself. Transformed from a curious onlooker to an empathetic participant, Milgrom comes to understand not only what drives the very best taxidermists in their desire for perfection, but why people in our era of ecological awareness and high technology still find taxidermy so alluring. Straddling science and art, high culture and kitsch—like taxidermy itself—STILL LIFE celebrates the beauty in the uncanny.


Melissa Milgrom has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Travel and Leisure, and Metropolis, among other publications. She has also produced radio segments for Public Radio International's Studio 360. She holds a master's degree in American Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and lives in New York City.

open to the public
1pm Wednesday March 24
Tyler School of Art Rm B089

funded by the Temple University Student Activities Fee

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Tyler Glass Facilities

Tyler Glass is a close-knit community of artists working in an intensive studio setting. If you haven’t had a chance to visit us in our new home in the Tyler building (designed by Carlos Jimenez) on Temple’s Main Campus in Philadelphia, we hope you will come by soon! We are thrilled by and proud of our 10,000 square foot state of the art glass facility. The shops, studios, and equipment are amazing, and everything was planned and built with attention to health and safety.


The Hot Shop has four benches and four glory holes (2 @ 16” 1 @ 24”, and 1 @ 30”), two 520# day tanks, and ten dedicated annealers.

The Hot Casting Shop is a generous space with a 710# dedicated casting furnace and seven dedicated annealers, including a large car kiln.

The Flameworking Studio has 4 Bobcat torches with dedicated annealers and Nederman arm ventilation.

The Cold Shop has all of the latest equipment including a drill press, bandsaw, and Merker and Czech lathes. It is adjacent to the Vapors Room, Sandblasting Room, and Spray Booth.

The Kiln Room is outfitted for kiln casting, fusing and slumping, with 16 dedicated kilns and a 1-ton crane for large molds.

The Majors Studio is a large studio in which each BFA major has a dedicated space. It is adjacent to the Critique/Installation Room, and the Graduate Studios; each graduate student has a private studio.

Tyler Glass Visiting Artists Spring 2010: part one

Welcome to Spring Semester - that means a new group of incredible visiting artists!

We started the semester with a visit from Maestro Gianni Toso. Longtime mentor to our second year grad student Amber Cowan, Toso astounded us with his energy and humor. In addition to his inspiring lecture, Toso spent the day doing flamework demos followed by hot blowing for hours.

Our next visitor – just two weeks ago - was Tina Oldknow, Curator of Modern Glass at Corning Museum of Glass. We were so thrilled that Tina was able to come to Tyler, and we made the very most of her time here! She spent her first day meeting with the undergraduate students, talking about the development of their work; they were amazed by her generosity of thought and spirit in her feedback. This was the first meeting with a curator for our undergrads, so it was really exciting. That evening, Tina gave an inspiring talk titled “The Wizard of Nancy and His Successors: Glass, Contemporary Art, and Alchemy,” a discussion of the life and work of Émile Gallé (1846 -1904), one of the major forces behind the Art Nouveau movement in France. Tina spent the next day doing studio visits with our graduate students; like the undergrads, the grads were totally impressed and awed by Tina’s energy, enthusiasm, and thoughtful feedback about their work. For more information about Tina Oldknow:

Then we were thrilled to host Alissia Melka-Teichroew, founder and creative director of byAMT Inc (formerly known as AlissiaMT Design). We have been talking a lot about production this semester – form, function, and what it means to put yet another object out into our very cluttered world. We admire Alissia’s very spare and space-conscious designs – especially her insideout glasses. It was great to hear her talk about not only the inspiration for her designs but her design process and how things are produced and marketed. Alissia is a graduate of Design Academy Eindhoven and holds a Master of Industrial Design from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), USA. You can see her shot glasses here: and our very favorite martini glasses here:

That brings us up to date in the Visiting Artists world at Tyler Glass. Coming on March 24th is Melissa Milgrom, author of the just-released book "Still Life: Adventures in Taxidermy" (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), and in April we will host Sibylle Peretti and Stephen Paul Day – new post with details to come soon!

Tyler Glass Visiting Artists Fall 2009

We had an amazing lineup of visiting artists last fall – finally found the time to write about them! We decided to invite three artists at different stages in their careers: emerging, mid-career, and established. Our first visitor was Yuka Otani, an emerging artist. She gave a great lecture about her mixed media works and then spent the rest of the day doing technical demos. First, she showed us how to cast sugar drinking vessels (her own vessels: image 2; casting sugar: image 3), part of a large work in progress (we can’t wait to see the finished installation!). Then she worked in the hot shop to blow liquid sugar – beautiful (image 1)! She was so generous with time and also sharing the technical details of her work. Otani is a 2008 MFA from RISD and a 2000 BFA from Tama Art University in Tokyo, Japan.

Jocelyne Prince represented our mid-career artist. Prince is a conceptual artist working with glass and other sculptural media, and is an Assistant Professor in Glass at RISD. She brought incredible energy and spirit to Tyler – her lecture was awesome and we love the way that her work challenges so many preconceived notions about glass. Everyone was particularly struck by her use of performance and sound in creating experiential work, especially in these works in which molten glass captures the marks of sound (images 4 + 5).

Internationally renowned stained glass artist and fellow-Philadelphian Judith Schaechter – our established artist - closed the semester with a wonderful/inspiring/hilarious/brilliant lecture on creativity. Schaechter had everyone laughing with tears in their eyes, and her talk reminded us of the joy at the core of making our work. Schaechter is an internationally renowned artist working with stained glass. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including a 2005 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and a 1992 Pew Fellowship in the Arts (Crafts). She is represented by Claire Oliver in New York.


courtesy of the Glass Quarterly Blog:
The new issue of GLASS: The UrbanGlass Art Quarterly hits newsstands and subscriber mailboxes today. On the cover: A detail of Beth Lipman’s Still Life with Grapes (2007), a C-print that measures 29-inches high by 36-inches wide. Lipman’s icy three-dimensional realizations of opulent tableware on overcrowded tabletops are a frosty take on the excesses of our pre-crash era and hold up well as a meditation on their larger theme of mortality.

Lipman’s work reveals a sophisticated understanding of the parallels between Dutch still lives and contemporary glass art. Both forms are showcases of virtuosic skill, and Lipman takes the correspondences between 17th-century painting and 21st-century glass further. Her works are powerful meditations on extravagant indulgence and the nature of mortality. Those interested in seeing her work first-hand can visit her exhibition at Heller Gallery from March 5th – 27th (opening reception on March 4th).