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Author Topic: Daniel Edler, early studio art glass vase, 1972  (Read 1538 times)

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Offline kwqd

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Daniel Edler, early studio art glass vase, 1972
« on: April 18, 2020, 08:21:41 PM »
This vase was made by Daniel Edler of Cedarville, IL in 1972. I spoke with him about this vase and his work as a studio glass artist on 16 April 2020. This vase was made using broken plate glass obtained from Pittsburg Plate Glass (PPG). Edler first used glass marbles to create his art glass. These marbles were used for making fiberglass by Corning  Glass in Toledo, OH. This is the same glass that Harvey Littleton was using at the time. Corning melted the marbles and fed them into a blower which turned the molten glass into strands of fiberglass. The PPG plate glass was the second type of glass Edler used. For my vase, he added nickel and cobalt to turn the glass black and silver nitrate to add the colors. He still has a few vases in his personal collection which are made of this black glass. He was surprised to see such an early vase "in the wild". It is a reasonable example of his early work, though he mentioned that his later work was better.

Edler was a well known pottery artist, with a BA in Architecture and MFAs in Visual Art & Pottery and Sculpture,  who had competed in and won prizes in national competitions when he attended a glass workshop given by Littleton in Madison, WI in 1964. He continued to teach and work as a potter for a few years but in 1968, after taking one of his classes to a glass studio in Rochester, MN, he implemented a glass program at his school and started to teach glass blowing. In 1971 he was one of the founders of the Glass Art Society. He left teaching in 1971 and was invited to become a resident artist at Stuart and Sons Crystal in Stourbridge, England. Afterward he was a guest artist and student at several European glass houses. In 1972, he returned to the U.S. and, using a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts, became a resident artist for the state of West Virginia. Numerous well known American glass houses were located in that state. In 1973, he was employed by the Fenton Art Glass Company to design a line of contemporary art glass. He opened his own studio in Cedarville, IL in 1974 and has worked solely as a studio glass artist ever since, supporting a wife and three children from his work. He is one of the few of the first wave of American studio glass artists still living.
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Re: Daniel Edler, early studio art glass vase, 1972
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2020, 06:13:41 PM »
 :) Fascinating story and a very interesting piece - thank-you for sharing!
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