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Title: Happy 50th "Birthday" to the Studio Glass Movement - Studio Glass 1962-1979
Post by: chopin-liszt on November 01, 2012, 03:32:12 PM
I did sort of mean to start this thread on the 23rd of March, the "official" birthday, the annivesary of the Toledo lectures, but the gmb was down and  revamping and life sort of got in the way.

I thought a good way to celebrate this birthday would be by all of use getting together with images we have of pieces from the very early days and having another lovely thread full of glorious show and tell images.

Well, that's the idea. Unfortunately my images aren't that glorious, although the glass itself is.

so to start:
Pauline Solven, RCA '67
Sam Herman, London '67 (I know you've all seen this before. I make no apology for repeating it. It deserves repeating.)
Annette Meech '71
Dillon Clarke '71
Title: Re: Happy 50th "Birthday" to the Studio Glass Movement
Post by: chopin-liszt on November 01, 2012, 03:50:42 PM
Annette Meech (unmarked)
Sam Herman '71
John Lewis '71
George Laisner '71
Title: Re: Happy 50th "Birthday" to the Studio Glass Movement
Post by: glassobsessed on November 01, 2012, 04:19:42 PM
Excellent idea Sue.

I am taking the liberty of posting this photo of your 1973 George Elliot goblet.

John
Title: Re: Happy 50th "Birthday" to the Studio Glass Movement
Post by: chopin-liszt on November 01, 2012, 04:29:25 PM
That's ok, John -  I shall take the liberty of showing your clear yellow button-rimmed very early, Mdina globe.

and my non-cobalt early Fish
my amethyst button-rimmed "pulled ear" vase
and my "Crizzle Stone" bottle (that, as you may remember, is thanks to you  :-* )

All the above are very early Mdina, and most likely to be Michael Harris' work

Title: Re: Happy 50th "Birthday" to the Studio Glass Movement
Post by: Lustrousstone on November 01, 2012, 08:29:45 PM
Although this item is not in the same art glass category; John Airlie (http://www.scotlandsglass.co.uk/cms/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=39:john-airlie-glass-artist-and-innovator&catid=16:glass-makers-a-c&Itemid=8) developed the small-scale studio furnace in about 1970. This piece is pre 1976, as Kirkhill Glass closed in that year
Title: Re: Happy 50th "Birthday" to the Studio Glass Movement
Post by: flying free on November 01, 2012, 09:16:20 PM
Benny Motzfeld made by her I believe, and signed by her hand BM69 (jar vase) and BM 71 (bubble stripe vase)
Dave Hobart 'fish' strapped vase - unknown artist - November 6th 1974
Karlin Rushbrooke Hole sculptural paperweight 1975
Title: Re: Happy 50th "Birthday" to the Studio Glass Movement
Post by: flying free on November 01, 2012, 09:39:35 PM
Michael Harris Fish

Trailed Studio vase - signed but maker unknown, believed to be early studio movement piece
Title: Re: Happy 50th "Birthday" to the Studio Glass Movement
Post by: Bernard C on November 02, 2012, 05:07:55 AM
Sue Thanks for starting this topic, as I had not really appreciated what Studio Glass was.   I found an interesting and seemingly authoritative overview in Judith Miller's 20th Century Glass.   I can't say that I fully appreciate what it is, but I will take more care about describing glass as studio, trial, or experimental.

Bernard C.  8)
Title: Re: Happy 50th "Birthday" to the Studio Glass Movement
Post by: glassobsessed on November 02, 2012, 10:24:48 AM
So that I do not to entirely swamp this thread here are some group photos of work by Michael Harris while he was at Mdina (1968-1972).

John
Title: Re: Happy 50th "Birthday" to the Studio Glass Movement
Post by: brewster on November 03, 2012, 12:04:46 AM
The Australian art glass movement got underway a bit later. The influence of Sam Herman's time at the Jam Factory in Adelaide cannot be overstated. Here are four items signed as follows

1. Samuel J. Herman 1975 SA243
2. Stanislav Melis 1977 S.J.H. Studio
3. RJ Knottenbelt K?G 1977 SJH Studio
4. Peter Goss SA2 S.J. HERMAN STUDIO

The last three date from the year when Herman ran his own studio at the Jam Factory, employing staff and recent graduates to assist him and to do their own work, obviously closely following the master. In the Australian way, all three of them were immigrants - from Slovakia, Netherlands and Britain respectively - and all three went on to have substantial careers in studio glass.

Trevor
Title: Re: Happy 50th "Birthday" to the Studio Glass Movement
Post by: chopin-liszt on November 03, 2012, 10:39:18 AM
Ooooh, your red Jam Factory Sam Herman '75 is even nicer than my red Jam Factory Sam Herman '75..... :'(
I've got an unmarked bit of green mottled glass, it has been designated as 99% likely to be Sam and Jam Factory by Adam A.
pics here.

Yes, the Studio Glass Movement did take off in different places at different times, and Sam Herman's influence cannot be understated!

I should have said more in my first posting about the origin of the pieces - John Lewis and George Laisner are both American artists.

There were others though, who, while not influenced specifically by the Toledo lectures origins, were still moving in a similar direction - as flying-free has already mentioned, Benny Motzfeldt in Norway was taking glassmaking in this direction, as was Eisch in Germany - both breaking away from big manufactures to concentrate on individually made pieces.

In Poland, in the mid-'60s, artists were also experimenting with individually made pieces within the big factories - for example Felix Nawrocki.
Title: Re: Happy 50th "Birthday" to the Studio Glass Movement
Post by: flying free on November 03, 2012, 11:45:59 AM
I can't remember the details but there was a big gathering in the UK at some point (late 60's early 70's?) and Benny Motzfeldt was there along with Jiri Suhajek if I recall correctly.  There may have been others but I can't remember the info  ::)  I'll try and find some link to details on that later.
m
Title: Re: Happy 50th "Birthday" to the Studio Glass Movement
Post by: chopin-liszt on November 03, 2012, 01:34:19 PM
I still haven't got "my" Jiri Suhajek yet. I know what I want.  8)
Title: Re: Happy 50th "Birthday" to the Studio Glass Movement
Post by: flying free on November 03, 2012, 01:36:00 PM
I keep an eye out for it still  :) (for you I mean, not for me  ;D)
m
Title: Re: Happy 50th "Birthday" to the Studio Glass Movement
Post by: Greg. on November 03, 2012, 03:21:30 PM
Some of these have been on the GMB previously, the majority being blown between 1968-70. Includes pieces by Wayne D Filan, Jiri Suhajek and Sam Herman.
Title: Re: Happy 50th "Birthday" to the Studio Glass Movement
Post by: chopin-liszt on November 03, 2012, 05:03:58 PM
I don't think it should matter about pieces having been here before Greg - this thread is simply about early studio glass, all together, to put the early days and emerging styles into context - and to celebrate it!
So it's wonderful to see stuff that's not just Mdina - some of who've been specifically collecting early Mdina obviously have a head start in this area,

but there is a lot more to the Movement than the one branch which started in Malta, even though that has spread and branched consideably itself.

Should we impose a "too late for inclusion" date? If so, when?
I was thinking nothing from the '80s, but then I couldn't put in my Jim Megura vase, or my Norman Stuart-Clarke goblet from a workshop he did in London... but, are these too sophisticated?

I'm expecting a "new" bit of American Studio Glass soon. Frederick Warren'75.
It's being held to ransom by parcelforce, who have paid tax on it for me (it shouldn't be subject to tax as a signed piece by a known artist) and are also charging me for having done so. I didn't ask them to!
Title: Re: Happy 50th "Birthday" to the Studio Glass Movement
Post by: uphoosier on November 03, 2012, 05:35:49 PM
Well, Ill toss a bit of American glass in the mix.  Mark Peiser, 1969.
Title: Re: Happy 50th "Birthday" to the Studio Glass Movement
Post by: chopin-liszt on November 03, 2012, 05:42:19 PM
Lovely, thank you so much!
We need more American stuff.  LOTS more American stuff!
Title: Re: Happy 50th "Birthday" to the Studio Glass Movement
Post by: flying free on November 03, 2012, 05:52:34 PM
Just my view but I think the first seventeen years of Studio Glass should be included on this thread, with the title adapted to read 1962 - 1979 (Or up to ten years after whenever SH went to the RCA was it '69?)
And how about then:
A new thread should be started for Studio Glass 1979-1989.   
And a subsequent one for Studio Glass 1990 onwards.

That way the board will have a record of Studio Glass 'through the ages'.  Once pieces are loaded you may well be able to see 'influences' for each period as it were rather than them being mixed up in one thread.

As I said, just my view - please debate  ;D

m
Title: Re: Happy 50th "Birthday" to the Studio Glass Movement
Post by: Greg. on November 03, 2012, 06:25:03 PM
In terms of time frames, I think M's suggestion of including pieces up until the late seventies in this particular thread is a good idea. I think SH was head of the glass department from 69-74, although was also a research fellow their a few years before around 67-68. So anything studio pre 79 would seem to work for this thread.

I also like the idea of creating separate threads going forward in time 79-89 and another from 90 through to the present. It would be nice to get a view/reference over these different periods, reflecting the changes that occurred as the movement evolved and grew.

Look forward to seeing your Frederick Warren piece Sue when it arrives, Parcel Force can be a bit of pain sometimes when purchasing from aboard, the added admin charges can be a little hard to stomach, especially when you haven't asked them to do anything!
Title: Re: Happy 50th "Birthday" to the Studio Glass Movement
Post by: chopin-liszt on November 03, 2012, 07:36:03 PM
So it's ok to stick Bjorn Weckstrom's foot in it...  ;D

1976
Title: Re: Happy 50th "Birthday" to the Studio Glass Movement
Post by: Frank on November 04, 2012, 12:47:56 AM
Might as well get the 80s in too  ;)

Siddy Langley (Blown, UK) & Albrecht Greiner-Mai (Lampwork, Lauscha, Thuringia, Germany)

+ from 70s John Airlie (Blown/Cast, Scotland) & Frits Akerboom (Lampwork, Dutch... Scotland)

Title: Re: Happy 50th "Birthday" to the Studio Glass Movement
Post by: Frank on November 04, 2012, 01:23:22 AM
2004 example but active since 70s - Alison Kinnaird. Considered my some to be the UKs foremost glass artist.

More on Scotland's Glass (http://www.scotlandsglass.co.uk/cms/index.php?option=com_virtuemart&page=shop.browse&category_id=314&Itemid=6)
Title: Re: Happy 50th "Birthday" to the Studio Glass Movement
Post by: mhgcgolfclub on November 04, 2012, 08:36:25 AM
A large unsigned Charlie Meaker vase

Roy
Title: Re: Happy 50th "Birthday" to the Studio Glass Movement
Post by: flying free on November 04, 2012, 08:50:39 AM

Wonderful pics Frank and mghc!

should we ask mods to split the topic into the three threads of Studio Glass before more get added?  We were debating whether it might be good to have a this thread for early studio 1962-1979 and then a separate one for '79-;89 and then another for 1990 onwards.  That way,eventually we would have a 'progression' of studio glass through the periods and be able to see how influences and changes had happened maybe?
m
Title: Re: Happy 50th "Birthday" to the Studio Glass Movement
Post by: chopin-liszt on November 04, 2012, 11:06:37 AM
Frank, do you OWN that Fritz Akerboom? I have lusted after that piece since I first saw an image of it in 2000.
Thanks also for the John Airlie piece - supporting Christine's earlier John Airlie - an important character in the Studio Glass Movement indeed!
Anybody got any Helen Munro-Turner to show....?  ;D

I'm not actually sure Alison Kinnaird counts as part of the Studio Glass Movement, which I have always considered to be defined by being hot-worked glass, from a small pot, made by the artist themselves. (as well as the date)

Title: Re: Happy 50th "Birthday" to the Studio Glass Movement
Post by: flying free on November 04, 2012, 12:18:00 PM
Love the Bjorn Weckstrom foot Sue.   I think this is of the period of my Karlin Rushbrooke jug as he said it was one of his early pieces but unfortunately neither of them are marked.
m
Title: Re: Happy 50th "Birthday" to the Studio Glass Movement
Post by: chopin-liszt on November 04, 2012, 01:33:10 PM
Can I please make an appeal to our lovely mods to split this thread into different decades?

I think this one should be kept confined to the period from 23rd of March, 1962 until the end of the '70s, to allow for the spread of the movement from the States to the rest of the world and "get off the ground" - given this thread should be all about the "getting off the ground".
I've started another thread for the '80s, but a couple of images need moved from here to there, and I can see a discussion ensuing over whether or not Alison Kinnaird should have her fabulous work included in the "Studio Movement", which to me is all about HOT glass work.

Here's an image of an Eisch "Peacock" jug from the "Poesie in Glas" series, putting it at '77 or later.
Title: Re: Happy 50th "Birthday" to the Studio Glass Movement
Post by: Frank on November 04, 2012, 03:35:30 PM
The Akerboom, no sorry Sue.  I am sure you should be able to track him down he cannot be that far from you and have a chat! Someone needs to.
Title: Re: Happy 50th "Birthday" to the Studio Glass Movement
Post by: glassobsessed on November 04, 2012, 03:56:35 PM
Love the Knottenbelt vase that Trevor (Brewster) posted earlier. ;D
Title: Re: Happy 50th "Birthday" to the Studio Glass Movement
Post by: chopin-liszt on November 04, 2012, 04:17:35 PM
I'm sure I did meet him once, Frank.
There was a short talk in Dundee, in the MacManus Galleries by Jack who used to be secretary to the Scottish Glass Society - very soon after the SGS Exhibition 2000 was held there and Fritz was there too. I'm pretty sure that's when I first saw an image of this piece but I didn't have the courage to talk to anybody back then!  :-[
Title: Re: Happy 50th "Birthday" to the Studio Glass Movement - Studio Glass 1962-1979
Post by: brewster on November 05, 2012, 11:34:08 AM
In case it is thought that all Australian studio glass derived from Sam Herman and his students, here are four examples from the 1970s that have no connection. The first is by Stephen Skillitzi in 1977, who had experienced the American glass movement as a graduate student in the late 1960s (in art college as a potter - and it shows!). The second is by Helmut Hiebl in 1978, who had worked for Lobmeyr in Austria and Corning in NY (mostly as an engraver) before coming to Australia in 1976 and setting up near Mudgee in the mid-west of NSW.

The next two pieces are by former glassblowers in industry, who left the factory and set up as studio artists. Peter Docherty worked for Crown Crystal in Sydney (later part of the Corning empire) made this tiny 8cm high mushroom in 1979 in a studio near Gosford. Jimmy Wittman worked at Leonora Glassworks (owned by Philips Lighting) in Newcastle before building a backyard furnace. This piece is not signed or dated but it dates from the mid- to late-1970s and came from his personal collection.

Trevor
Title: Re: Happy 50th "Birthday" to the Studio Glass Movement - Studio Glass 1962-1979
Post by: flying free on November 05, 2012, 11:39:47 AM
Superb! I love the Stephen Skillitzi  and Helmut Hiebl.
m
Title: Re: Happy 50th "Birthday" to the Studio Glass Movement - Studio Glass 1962-1979
Post by: chopin-liszt on November 05, 2012, 11:56:13 AM
Fabby, Trevor - this is exactly the sort of thing we need  :-*
- bringing the story from the whole world together.
Title: Re: Happy 50th "Birthday" to the Studio Glass Movement - Studio Glass 1962-1979
Post by: brewster on November 06, 2012, 03:09:46 AM
Here are more treats for fans of Stephen Skillitzi. These pieces are dated 1972, 1977 and 1978, and are 21.5cm high, 37cm long and 23cm high, respectively.

Skillitzi continues to be active. The Adelaide gallery Art Logic has dozens of his works on its website (http://www.artlogic.com.au/categories/artist/stephen-skillitzi).

He is also something of a historian. A long essay on early Australian studio glass has been mentioned on this board before. The best source for it is this blog (http://glasscentralcanberra.wordpress.com/tag/stephen-skillitzi/) which also includes a 1967 photo of the man himself.

Trevor

Title: Re: Happy 50th "Birthday" to the Studio Glass Movement - Studio Glass 1962-1979
Post by: chopin-liszt on November 06, 2012, 10:46:14 AM
I adore the first piece there - it's sort of like a Goth rosebud..  8)
I'll have to investigate the links later, my pc is on a go-slow and I'll have to fiddle with it, but thank-you so much for them too,

keep them coming, Trevor, please.  :-*
Title: Re: Happy 50th "Birthday" to the Studio Glass Movement - Studio Glass 1962-1979
Post by: flying free on February 02, 2013, 09:30:13 AM
that blog link gives a superb article on the history of Australian Studio Glass and the makers involved.
Thanks so much for linking it.
m
Title: Re: Happy 50th "Birthday" to the Studio Glass Movement - Studio Glass 1962-1979
Post by: brewster on February 26, 2013, 09:01:30 AM
Here is another treasure for you lovers of the work of Stephen Skillitzi in the 1970s, in this case 1976. This monster is 22cm high and weighs 2.5kg. Like an earlier piece I showed, this one clearly suggests Skillitzi's training as a potter. It also shows why the cow maid's stool has three legs, not the four legs which require greater precision in the making.

We picked it up at a weekend gallery sale in Newcastle, NSW. That city has an industrial heritage that includes coal mining, steel furnaces and, of course, glass making. In case such industrial areas are thought always bleak and dreary, Newcastle boasts some of the most glorious headlands and beaches in Australia. Not even the queue of 15 or so bulk carriers out to sea can take away from the breathtaking views. Recommended!

Trevor
Title: Re: Happy 50th "Birthday" to the Studio Glass Movement - Studio Glass 1962-1979
Post by: flying free on February 26, 2013, 10:00:20 AM
Superb!
m
Title: Re: Happy 50th "Birthday" to the Studio Glass Movement - Studio Glass 1962-1979
Post by: chopin-liszt on March 01, 2013, 02:12:32 PM
Wonderful - it's perfectly wonky and sophisticated... a sculpture of colour, texture and light - an epitomy of great Studio glass... contented sigh.  :)
Title: Re: Happy 50th "Birthday" to the Studio Glass Movement - Studio Glass 1962-1979
Post by: Baked_Beans on May 23, 2018, 08:21:04 AM
I was pleased to find this London Glasshouse goblet the other day . Signed by Jane Bruce , London Glasshouse, 1977. It's 9 inches tall .

http://www.caa.org.uk/exhibitions/archive/2008/glasshouse/jane-bruce/
Title: Re: Happy 50th "Birthday" to the Studio Glass Movement - Studio Glass 1962-1979
Post by: chopin-liszt on May 23, 2018, 09:42:57 AM
Quite a piece of history there, Mike. And quite a pretty one too.
I'm not fond of the colour mix, but I am droolling just a bit, because of what it is. I didn't set out to collect studio glass goblets, but it sort of happened along the way. ;D
Title: Re: Happy 50th "Birthday" to the Studio Glass Movement - Studio Glass 1962-1979
Post by: Baked_Beans on May 23, 2018, 10:09:43 AM
Thanks Sue ! I saw it in a small junk shop and thought 'oooohh that looks interesting !' and it was !! Very pleased to hear you collect them too  ;) It was good to find out she was there at almost the start of the Glasshouse and was taught by the great man himself !

http://www.samueljherman.com/Journey/Journey.html
Title: Re: Happy 50th "Birthday" to the Studio Glass Movement - Studio Glass 1962-1979
Post by: chopin-liszt on May 23, 2018, 10:28:18 AM
 ;D I know exactly what you mean. It's just stunning to think of the origins and what has come from that, since.
Title: Re: Happy 50th "Birthday" to the Studio Glass Movement - Studio Glass 1962-1979
Post by: Baked_Beans on May 23, 2018, 10:54:22 AM
Yes indeed ! Also Jane Bruce is still working with glass ...

https://www.cmog.org/artwork/ivorywhite-tall-lidded-vessel?search=collection%3Afc0392e3aa65b06bc6c41349b2181858&page=0

http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O98924/sentinel-white-scarlet-clear-black-form-bruce-jane/
Title: Re: Happy 50th "Birthday" to the Studio Glass Movement - Studio Glass 1962-1979
Post by: chopin-liszt on May 23, 2018, 11:20:09 AM
Note the random lozenges on the second piece.  ;D
(which should clearly contain some delicious artisan gin  ;D )
Remember the random lozenges on the one-off piece made by Michael Harris in '64 at rogaska sklo?
Recall the random lozenges on the work by Iestyn Davies...

Not forgetting of course, that originally, lozenges were not random and not neccessarily cut through layers of colours.
A new use of old techniques.
Title: Re: Happy 50th "Birthday" to the Studio Glass Movement - Studio Glass 1962-1979
Post by: Baked_Beans on May 23, 2018, 12:35:42 PM
I do like the second V&A one ...as you say it would make a lovely spirit bottle  :D

Interesting too that the Glasshouse was set up just at the time Michael Harris left for Malta ...obviously MH thought to replicate it all in a warmer climate !!
Title: Re: Happy 50th "Birthday" to the Studio Glass Movement - Studio Glass 1962-1979
Post by: chopin-liszt on May 23, 2018, 01:00:44 PM
I think there were financial considerations taken into account (help to set up new businesses) over the move to Malta, rather than the weather, which the Harris family obviously liked.
(Although I can remember my mother loved the sun, and just assumed I did too. I didn't, I hated it. Small children are not supposed to be deep fried.)
Title: Re: Happy 50th "Birthday" to the Studio Glass Movement - Studio Glass 1962-1979
Post by: Baked_Beans on May 24, 2018, 04:36:03 PM
Yes I'm sure ! What a huge leap to take ....to give up a well paid and secure job at the RCA with a young family ...too ! What  amazing foresight !

(differant times in those days ...I remember , too well , turning into a lobster on family holidays !! )
Title: Re: Happy 50th "Birthday" to the Studio Glass Movement - Studio Glass 1962-1979
Post by: chopin-liszt on May 24, 2018, 05:42:42 PM
He did have plenty of support for the new venture. I was concerned about that myself when I was speaking to Michael's twin sister, who told me that Lord Queensbury was fully behind him, as were his parents. It was a time of confidence and hope, back then.

I had to do the miserable lobster thing too. Mother just covered us in horrible smelly brown oil which was supposed to enhance the "tanning effect" - hence my use of the expression "deep fried". >:(
Title: Re: Happy 50th "Birthday" to the Studio Glass Movement - Studio Glass 1962-1979
Post by: Baked_Beans on May 24, 2018, 07:08:40 PM
Good to hear he had all that support ...didn't know ! Great too he persuaded the Boffos to join them .The fab. four ...with Eric Dobson ! Between them they really created some wondeful glass in that time of confidence and hope !!
Title: Re: Happy 50th "Birthday" to the Studio Glass Movement - Studio Glass 1962-1979
Post by: chopin-liszt on May 24, 2018, 07:27:33 PM
Queensbury, at the time, was about the highest you could get to, in terms of creative arts. His support was the icing on the cake. :)