In Memoriam: Carol Cohen

Artist/sculptor Carol Cohen, 81, passed away at her home in Cambridge, MA, on April 12, of lung cancer. In 1970, she began her career as an artist, working first with paint, then clay, paper, vinyl, and steel before developing innovative techniques in painting stacked glass, which led to her work being placed in many prestigious collections including the Boston Museum of Fine Arts; Renwick Gallery, National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC; and Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC.


Carol described her signature layered imagery process:

Ordinary window glass is the best surface to take paint and allow the most light to go through. When I first figured out the technique (1982) I tried acrylic sheet/Plexiglas; but it sagged in the middle, scratched easily, was a dust magnet, and the edges had to be sawed and sanded.Glass was a practical choice: it costs less than plexi, is harder so that cleaning it doesn’t create scratches, is more rigid so it doesn’t sag when supported by its corners, is less electrostatic, and is easier to cut by simple scoring-and-breaking. It is also beautifully green when assembled in layers — that was an unexpected plus. retired from making art in 2008.

“Though the mystery contained in these non-boxes is easily explained, it continues to intrigue the eye. You can view the work from any angle but one: if your eye parallels the edges of the glass sheets the internal image vanishes, and all you see is a stack of green-edged glass sheets. Now-you-see-it, now-you-don’t. Prestidigitation with glass.

–Paul Hollister, “Exploration of Inner Space”, Neues Glas magazine, 4/88.

In Memoriam: Dave Cook

Dave Cook and Toloria Braswell at exhibit of Dave's art.

Dave Cook and Toloria Braswell at exhibit of Dave’s art.

Is it with great sadness that we announce the passing of glass artist David Cook. He padave.cook.Face1ssed away rather suddenly Thursday, April 27, 2017, after a short illness.

Beloved husband of Toloria Braswell, Dave Cook was an artist who worked in acrylics, watercolor and glass.  Dave worked with various combinations of painting and glass media for more than 30 years, designing works that combined traditional as well as non-traditional materials and images in innovative ways. Said Dave: “When working with glass, my motivation is to present new images using both traditional and leading-edge techniques to combine wood, stone, metal, feathers and found objects as integrated enhancements to my creations.” Always interested in creative activities, Dave received a BA in Fine Arts from Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD. He was a Studio Artist at the Washington Glass School. Dave was also a member of the Washington Water Color Association, International Arts and Artists, the Prince George’s Artists Association, Black Art in America Association, the Glass Art Society, and the American Craft Council.

david.cook.Dreads1Rest In Peace Dave

In Memoriam: Marvin Lipofsky (1938- 2016)

Marvin Lipofsky

Marvin Lipofsky

Some sad news just came to the studio – we received word that Studio Glass great Marvin Lipofsky passed away. 

Marvin Lipofsky was one of the six students that Studio Glass founder Harvey Littleton instructed in a program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in fall 1962 and spring 1963. He was a central figure in the dissemination of the American Studio Glass Movement, introducing it to California through his tenure as an instructor at the University of California, Berkeley and the California College of Arts and Crafts. 

Marvin Lipofsky - L'viv Group, No. 2, 2001-2002. Blown, cut and sandblasted glass. 8.5 x 18.5 x 18 in.

Marvin Lipofsky – L’viv Group, No. 2, 2001-2002. Blown, cut and sandblasted glass. 8.5 x 18.5 x 18 in.

Many of Lipofsky’s works are colorful “bubbles” of glass. Often semi-translucent they allow the viewer to examine their depths. He was best known for the organic form of his pieces. “His art is about the visceral and the gestural,” wrote Studio Glass connoisseur Dan Klein. “The forms are inspired by internal organs, intestines, breast, stomachs, brains; their colorful, mottled, crumpled, broken shapes and expression of turbulence and restlessness.” Lipofsky is well known for having devoted his career in glass to endless variations on the turbulent, broken bubble form.

His work, in short, was about glassblowing and the way the ways in which a blown glass sphere could be opened, shaped and distorted.

Tina Oldknow, the retired Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Glass at the Corning Museum of Glass, has written that she admires Lipofsky “for his devotion to material and form. His non-objective vessels break apart and rearrange the blown glass mass while retaining the breathy, ephemeral quality that is one of the medium’s most intriguing characteristics”.

Marvin Lipofsky’s beautiful work provides a powerful and enduring legacy.