➜ NYC’s 5 Best Places For Glass Art - CBS New York
Tiny decorated beads, intricate picture windows, neon lights, lamps, vases, bowls, bottles and the list goes on and on. What do each of these items have in common? Glass. And you too can enjoy and even create glassworks right here in New York City. Home to some of the greatest works of art in the world, New York City is experiencing a growth in the demand for glass art and glass-art education. Ever wondered how that Tiffany glass lamp in the Metropolitan Museum of Art was created? Or how those colorful necklace beads from the Brooklyn Museum are made so small? Never worry – below is your guide to New York’s best galleries and glass-making facilities.
West Chelsea Arts Building
526 W 26th St #306
New York, NY 10001
The gallery is open by appointment only.
A small gallery located in the West Chelsea Arts Building, Chappell was founded by Alice Chappell, whose resume includes positions as the Vice President of Sales at Steuben Glass and President of Hoya Glass USA. The gallery has shown works by artists from all around the world and features a number of exhibitions every year. It also produces catalogs for some of these exhibitions and has shown the artists’ work at art fairs here in New York and along the east coast. From multi-hued glass and copper bowls by Gale Scott to floral-shaped pieces made in pâte de verre (glass paste) by Etsuko Nishi or the abstract layered forms by Sasha Zhitneva, Chappell Gallery has a great assortment of interesting glassworks.
126 13th St
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Future Location – expected Spring 2013:
647 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Urban Glass is in the middle of a major reconstruction of its Fulton Street gallery and glass-making facility. Normally housed in the old Strand Theater, Urban Glass provides studio space for hundreds of artists, shop space and classrooms for educational programs and gallery space for public exhibitions. Take private lessons or join a class in anything from glassblowing to beadmaking, or stained-glass to kiln-formed glass. While the new space is under construction (made possible by a generous fund through a collaboration with the City of New York and the Borough of Brooklyn), Urban Glass still operates classes and provides interim studio space for a growing group of interested students and artists at 126 13th Street, a few blocks south of the new facility.
Related: 5 Most Iconic Works Of Art In New York
Art Glass Studio
543 Union St
Another Brooklyn-based gallery is the studio of a single stained-glass artist, Ernest Porcelli. Porcelli got his start in glass after meeting designer Jean Jacques DeValle and he has had a studio since 1974. His works have been recognized nationally, featured in many articles and even a few movies. These range from abstract, leaded-glass panels to jeweled-glass, brownstone windows and even painted-glass church windows. Porcelli creates his own work and also does restorations. His studio is open by appointment only.
667 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10065
This gallery describes itself as “the world’s premier dealer of museum-quality Twentieth Century Decorative Arts. For over 40 years we have specialized in French Art Nouveau furniture and objects, Tiffany lamps and Tiffany glass, French cameo glass by Argy-Rousseau, Daum and Gallé, bronzes, ceramics, lithographs by Alphonse Mucha and antique and estate jewelry.” Any number of both popular and not-so-well-recognized glass works can be found here. The company has been in existence for over 30 years, and its Madison Avenue space has been frequented by many museum curators, avid collectors and curious passersby. The gallery occasionally hosts exhibitions as well, and is a great place to become acquainted with some of the finer pieces of glass art from all around the world.
103 14th St
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Much like Urban Glass, Brooklyn Glass offers classes and studio space to interested students and artists. Here, classes include glassblowing, flameworking and neon glass workshops. Choose from single-day workshops where you can create a jewelry pendant or paperweight, or join extended weekly or week-long workshops on caneworking or hot sculpting. Many of these classes require no previous experience. The facility also offers private demonstrations and team building workshops, and occasionally opens its doors for open houses and other events throughout the year.
Of course, these are only a few of the many facilities in the city that introduce and immerse visitors in the exciting world of glass art. Many important pieces can be found in the major museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum. Stop by any number of these institutions to see some of the best and most unique works New York has to offer.
The other day I promised myself I would visit a stained glass studio soon. I will also visit more churches; I love them.
➜ With People - Art - Pat Perry
Pat Perry is an artist and illustrator born in the Detroit area and now calls Grand Rapids, Michigan home. The lands of the north, colorful people, music, and the ordinary streets of the Midwest have always moved him.
This stuff makes me cry it’s so beautiful.
Antonin Hudecek c. 1897
Stream in Sunshine
➜ My Heart Burns Like Fire
Wow. In my mind, this would make you some kind of god.
Soyen Shaku, the first Zen teacher to come to America, said: “My heart burns like fire but my eyes are as cold as dead ashes.” He made the following rules which he practiced every day of his life.
- In the morning before dressing, light incense and meditate.
- Retire at a regular hour….
Making myself small and looking a little askance at things.
Attachment to marks, and attachment to nonattachment to marks…
20 minutes well spent is worthwhile.
19 minutes well spent is worthwhile.
18 minutes well spent is worthwhile.
3 minutes well spent is worthwhile.
2 minutes well spent is worthwhile.
1 minute well spent is worthwhile.
30 seconds well spent is worthwhile.
20 seconds well spent is worthwhile.
10 seconds well spent is worthwhile.
1 second well spent is worthwhile.
2. Remember to have f u n ! That’s kind of the whole point yet it is my nature to easily forget this!
Scattered morning thoughts
Time is precious. Life is precious. Let us always remember that and feel it in our bones.
To live means to practice - practice an art.
Religion and music seem to have a lot in common. They seek a higher state, are built upon constant practice, have a theory component that’s useful up to a point, embody the spirit of a culture in time, and require one to regularly reset one’s baseline consciousness (i.e. getting in tune with the laws of the universe with and through your fellow beings).
I would like to practice really going beyond my self, feeling and thinking expansively… I feel that my life has gotten very small-minded and complacent lately (though maybe it’s the weather).
Here’s my proposal for a political movement, in a quote:
Way to equality.—A few hours of mountain climbing turn a villain and a saint into two rather equal creatures. Exhaustion is the shortest way to *equality* and *fraternity*—and *liberty* is added eventually by sleep.
Nietzsche, The Wanderer and His Shadow, s. 263.
Methinks we’ve had too much sleep (the bad kind) and not enough exhaustion (the good kind).
From The Diamond Sutra: A General Explanation of the Vajra Prajna Paramita Sutra by Dhyana Master Hsuan Hua
"Vinaya Master Tao Hsuan especially cultivated the precepts and rules. In the Four Great Deportments - walking, standing, sitting, and lying down - he was extremely proper. As said in the Surangama Sutra,
'He rigorously regulated his demeanor out of stern respect for the pure Dharma.' Such deportment commands the respect of ghosts and spirits as well as that of men and gods. Vinaya Master Tao Hsuan was a model for all to follow.
The four Great Deportments refer to walking, standing, sitting, and lying down. Walk like the wind. That does not mean like a gale which tears down mountains, uproots trees, and blows over houses. It means like a gentle breeze. Stand like a pine. Sit like a bell. That does mean like the bell’s clapper - always swaying to and fro. Sit like the ancient bells which were made so heavy nothing could move them. Then one has sufficient samadhi power. Lie like a bow. That is called ‘lucky lying down.’ Put your right hand under your right cheek, and your left hand on your left thigh. Sakyamuni Buddha entered nirvana in the ‘lucky lying down’ posture.”