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.

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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