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Biography: Amy Rueffert

Amy Rueffert Corning Museum of Glass Artist-in-Residence
Amy Rueffert

Amy Rueffert has worked in glass since 1994. She earned her BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and her MFA at Mills College in Oakland, where she studied with Ron Nagle. Her work is in the collection of The Corning Museum of Glass, Tacoma Museum of Glass, Glasmuseet Ebeloft in Denmark, Shanghai Museum of Glass in Shanghai, China, and others.

Rueffert’s work has been widely published, including in New Glass Review. She has taught at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass, Pilchuck Glass School, Penland School of Crafts, The Glass Lab at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. She also ran the glass department at San Jose State University during the 2006–2007, and lectured at Illinois State University in Bloomington-Normal and at the University of Illinois. She currently is a visiting associate professor of hot glass at Toyama Institute of Glass Art in Japan.

Rueffert’s sculptural glass explores the rich implications of objects in everyday life. The central focus is domestic visions presented through 20th century culture as well as Victorian sensibilities. Her work often combines Victorian era objects with vintage ceramic decals that originate in the 1960s and '70s to create objects that have a contemporary sensibility and aesthetic dimension. These works illuminate, and are limited by, the interior worlds offered by the juxtaposition of these eras. Her goal is “... to achieve a sense of mystery and playfulness through imaginary works that challenge and inspire.”

In 2008, Rueffert was an Artist-in-Residence at The Studio and shared her Residency with Kait Rhoads. Respected artists whose individual works are in the collections of The Corning Museum of Glass and other major museums, Rueffert and Rhoads also have collaborated on many projects. They used their Residency to explore similar techniques together and apply them to their own individual bodies of work. Collaborative artwork is not the object of the Residency, but rather a collaborative effort towards a similar goal. Rhoads and Rueffert used traditional glassblowing techniques to create contemporary sculpture. Their focus was “to develop and refine techniques of laying multiple patterns and imagery in glass.”

In her September 2013 Instructor Collaborative Residency, Rueffert worked alongside Carmen Lozar and Jennifer Umphress to explore flameworking techniques. She focused on techniques for incorporating low fire decals for ceramics and borosilicate glass. “I want to be immersed in an environment with experienced flameworkers to watch them work, continue to develop skill and find my voice within the material,” says Rueffert.