Heart Stampin’, Crucible Bustin’, Pipebendin’: Inside Studio Glass


Rakow Research Library
May 18, 2009 to October 18, 2009

Heart Stampin’, Crucible Bustin’, Pipebendin’: Inside Studio Glass exhibited original works of art on paper representing artists of the American Studio Glass movement. These included a design drawing for Head II (1962) by Stanislav Libenský, a design drawing for Girlie Vase (1991) by Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend, a design drawing for Olive Green Venetian with Sawtooth Flanges (1988) by Dale Chihuly, vitreographs (1982) by Thomas Buechner, a lithograph (1980) by Richard Posner, and other works. The drawing by Stinsmuehlen-Amend was one of four drawings selected to be made on the Steuben floor during the 1991 Glass Art Society Conference Steuben Design Competition. The design by Chihuly was completed with assistance from Lino Tagliapietra. The sculptural glass vessel—of colorless, olive-green, and yellow glass—was given to The Corning Museum of Glass in 1989 [89.4.9].

The exhibition included a series of posters from various galleries, schools, organizations, and events which provide snapshots of the American Studio Glass movement during its infancy. The posters feature early Glass Art Society conferences, the California Glass Symposium, the Minnesota Glass Invitational, the work of Marvin Lipofsky, Dale Chihuly, Tom Patti, Fritz Dreisbach, and others.

Stunning black-and-white photographs taken by Robert Florian, a photographer and participant of the second 1962 Toledo workshop, completed the exhibit. These images, from the Robert Florian archives, capture the first moments of American studio glass and its founding artists. The archive includes more than 600 images of the 1962 Toledo workshop, the 1964 University of Madison-Wisconsin workshop, artist Bob Fritz at San Jose State University, and Harvey Littleton, Dominick Labino, and Erwin Eisch in action. The archive was a gift from the photographer to the Rakow Research Library in 1988.