Saturday October 31, 2015
DAY OF DEAD BASH!!
Time: 4-8 pm
Location: 926 Baca Street • Santa Fe, NM
Come to the studio for our Baca Street Studios BASH. There will be a Day of the Dead Altar, Frito Pie stand, music, glass blowing demos with glass blowers in costume, food, chain-saw pumpkin carving demo, fire dancer (at 7pm), and drumming!!
Come be a part of the festivities!!
Liquid Light Glass is proud to present “Clearly Solid” an exhibition featuring new work by Cia Thorne.
Many glass artists use their medium to explore light, transparency and motion. Cia Thorne hopes to push these boundaries with a new series focused on the tension between reflection and shadow. By pairing her angular glass shapes with graphite she states that the work is an attempt to “counteract the reflectiveness of the glass…[by] letting the pieces work together, back and forth.” This interplay between light and shadow is broadened by Thorne’s use of the geometric, both in the exterior shapes of the sculpture and the interior shapes that are encapsulated within the glass.
Clearly Solid marks the third stage in Thorne’s exploration into the abstract. She began by encasing the human form in geometric and architectural blocks, later encasing shapes, spheres, pyramids, or planes of bubbles. Her new work pairs transparent glass shapes with opaque blocks of graphite, encouraging viewers to explore the tension between the two materials.
Thorne has been blowing glass for almost 25 years. In that time she has continuously challenged her understanding of the properties and possibilities of glass. Her fascination with this medium began at The California College of Arts and Crafts. After 1990 she moved back to NM where she has been working on her craft at Tesuque Glass Works and Liquid Light Glass. She also participates in programs at Pilchuck and Corning Glass, and collaborates with other artists like Michael Bergt, Elodie Holmes and Patrick Morrissey.
In conjunction with Cia’s reception will be a special guest, Dr. Glenn Cook, Chief Scientist at Corning Museum of Glass. Dr. Cook is responsible for researching and sharing scientific and technical topics in glass. He will be speaking about what glass is, and what it isn’t. It should be very informative and he makes it fun. The talk starts at 4 pm.
Liquid Light Glass and Glass Alliance New Mexico are proud to host the presentation by Dr. Glen Cook, 4-5pm, and the next step in Cia’s journey, Clearly Solid, on Friday October 16, 5-7pm at 926 Baca Street #3 (505-820-2222).
Philabaum Glass Gallery and Studio presents
“Applebaum & Holmes”
Featuring the work of Leon Applebaum and Elodie Holmes
Saturday, October 3, 2015, 5 – 8 pm.
Wine and Live Glassblowing
in conjunction with the daylong celebration of glass in Barrio Vidrio!
Three glass studios in close proximity, Barrio Collection, Sonoran Glass School, and Philabaum Glass invite you to explore “Barrio Vidrio” for a day of shopping, exciting demonstrations of blown and cast glass, a chance for you to create something, and ending with our own reception of a new exhibition.
For more information on the schedule and map, visit this link at www.barriovidrio.com.
It’s that time of year again! We are busy getting ready for the ACC Baltimore Show in February! I spent 18 years going to the Buyer’s Market of American Crafts in Philadelphia, but the Rosen Group made a change this year to January in Washington, DC. I took a sabbatical from the Buyer’s Market (now American Made Alliance) due to being a little behind schedule from injuries sustained in a minor car accident. (I’m doing much better!) I also discovered that some of my buyers weren’t able to do the January show. So I applied to Baltimore and have been busting butt to get all the work made for the show!
It is open to the public the 20th to the 22nd, and I will have lots of beautiful work to sell. My Calcedonia, or ‘Mystery Opal’ as we nicknamed it, is more beautiful than ever this year! I look forward to seeing you all there!
‘A Flight of Bees’ installation has returned back to Liquid Light Glass after exhibiting at the Santa Fe Community Gallery for an extended four month exhibit. I continue to create new bee sculptures as my tiny muses continue to excite and inspire me! Come by the shop and check out the latest…
It’s Show Time! I’ve been spending months building a show of new work. A few pieces are a collaboration with my dear friend, Chuck Savoie. My glass can also be seen at Blue Rain Gallery, as well as at Liquid Light Glass. My inspiration started 4 years ago when we let our friend Caleb Smith put a hive on our property. We wanted more pollinators for our massive garden. What I didn’t expect was to be utterly smitten with these fascinating little creatures! Here is my artist statement so you get an idea of where I’m headed in this new series:
Honeybees are magnificent insects that bring beauty and sweetness into our lives. They work together collectively as a single unit to farm their food, and in the process they pollinate our crops. As a backyard beekeeper with an artist’s eye, I depict elements of the bees’ lives that intrigue me both conceptually and visually in the medium of glass. The curvature of a bee’s body, a honeycomb illuminated in the sunlight, the act of foraging in a flower, their functional and social interactions, and even people’s fears surrounding bees inspire me to translate these elements into sculptural stories. For instance, I like to highlight many of the things we get from bees (honey, fruit, and flowers) in an effort to showcase our dependency on these tiny creatures. I also parallel parts of their social life to our own, anthropomorphizing the collective work of the hive with human torsos utilizing man-made tools.
The honeybee, also known as Apis mellifera, was imported from Europe to provide honey and to pollinate crops. Since honeybees can form large social colonies, they are easily managed and can be transported to pollinate on large-scale farms. Pollination is important for preserving diversity in flowering plants; for bees and humans, it is especially important as a source of honey. The bees that pollinate plants make the honey we farm and use to sweeten our lives and heal our maladies.
But the bees everywhere are dwindling in numbers, and it’s mostly our fault. Pesticides and other environmental factors are threatening the future of native and honey bees alike. My decision to anthropomorphize bee colonies in my ongoing hive series is a response to the connection between humans and their impact on bee survival. By portraying the bees as faceless humans, viewers are able to identify with their functions and appreciate the products of their labor. The major driving force of this series, therefore, focuses on how these creatures function collectively, and how that relates to our presupposed notions of gender roles and social relations. For instance, all worker bees are sterile females, whereas the male drones are only there to fertilize queens from other hives. When they are no longer needed, as in the winter months, the drones are kicked out of the hive. There is also only one queen per hive, and she is directed by consensus in the hive when to lay eggs, and what gender it will become. These are just a few of the details of hive life that fascinate me.
This work compels the viewer to ask questions and search for answers: Why do bees need tools, and what tools do they need? Why depict a queen being pregnant with a honeycomb? What is her relationship to the hive itself? If she were to die with no queen to take her place, what would happen to the hive? We may not regularly consider such questions, but their answers have effects inside and outside the hive. The pregnant queen bee, for example, and her role to reproduce the hive does not presuppose her independence from the other bees; on the contrary, she needs the other bees to fertilize her eggs, to protect and feed her. And the bees need her to produce new generations of hive members that share in the work of gathering food, fending off predators, and making honey.
My hope is that this project inspires people to understand the inner workings of the hive, and along the way gain a reverence for the important role bees play in sustaining the environment.