Habatat Galleries’ 45th Glass International Award Exhibition

Michigan's Habatat Galleries 45th International Glass Invitational

Michigan’s Habatat Galleries 45th International Glass Invitational

Habatat Galleries’ International Glass Invitational is the oldest and largest annual exhibit focused on studio glass in the United States. 2017 will see the 45th Annual event and the gallery has planned some of the most exciting events, exhibitions and experiences that will be the talk of the town.

Washington Glass School artists Erwin Timmers, Tim Tate, Michael Janis and Sean Hennessey all will have works on exhibit as the monumental milestone takes place April 27th, 28th and 29th of 2017. The gallery is located at 4400 Fernlee Ave, Royal Oak, Mi. 48073. For information go to www.habatat.com.

45th Glass International Award Exhibition

Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 to Friday, Jul 21, 2017

Grand Opening April 29th 2017 8:00 pm

Habatat Galleries 44th International Invitational

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We are looking forward to Habatat Galleries celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2016! 

Habatat — the oldest and largest glass gallery in the world — is getting ready to open its 44th International Glass Exhibition, featuring 100 artists from 23 countries.

The opening weekend celebration will take place May 5th-7th of 2016. The events will also include the famous Annual Masterworks auction, home tours, artist talks, museum tours, dinners, lunches, and more! The Grand Opening of the International is Saturday, May 7.

President and Owner of Habatat Galleries, Corey Hampson, whose father, Ferdinand Hampson, founded Habatat Gallery in 1971, says the theme this year focuses on the artists’ creative process and inspiration. The artists showing were asked to describe “what affected you in your life or career that caused you to alter the direction of your work. This could be something such as a personal discovery, a news story or a life changing event.” The artists’ responses are shared in the 44th International Catalog.

Habatat Galleries 44th International Invitational Catalog

Habatat Galleries 44th International Invitational Catalog. Click on image to jump to online version.

Corey says having the world’s largest international glass show came as a total shock. When his father opened the gallery 45 years ago, the only place to find handcrafted glasswork was at art fairs. “Drawing and painting have been around for thousands of years, but glass is an art form that … was completely functional until the early 1960s,” 

Corey says it’s been a struggle, but the gallery’s focus has been to educate people about the art of glass and its possibilities.

Artists from Israel, Italy, Japan, France, England, the Czech Republic and many others will attend the grand opening on Saturday, May 7th.

Visitors can vote for the People’s Choice Award during the grand opening on Saturday, May 7th. This winner also will display his/her work at the Fort Wayne Museum. The gallery has also curated a controversial display in a pop-up space next to the gallery entitled “Peace/Piece: Sculptures of Mass Destruction”.

Tim Tate " Vitruvian Visions"; 36 x 36 x 4; Glass, Aluminum, Poly-Vitro, Electronics

Tim Tate ” Vitruvian Visions”; 36 x 36 x 4; Glass, Aluminum, Poly-Vitro, Electronics

Habatat Galleries

4400 Fernlee Ave
Royal Oak, MI 48073

44th Annual Glass International Award ExhibitionGrand Opening May 7th 2016 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM Saturday 

Habatat Galleries 43rd International Glass Invitational Exhibition

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Michigan’s Habatat Galleries‘ 43rd International Glass Invitational Award Exhibition is being set up now. This huge exhibition features over 100 artists from 22 countries with each exhibiting two of their glass artworks. The gallery has many events planned, and 50 of the glass artists from around the world will be attending – click on image below to see if your favorite glass will be there! 

Glass artists scheduled to  attend Habatat Galleries 43rd International Invitational

Glass artists scheduled to attend Habatat Galleries 43rd International Invitational

The gallery events include auction, museum tours, artist talks, parties, home tours, lunches, dinners and much much more!

The largest glass exhibition in America opens Saturday April 25th, 2015 @ 8:00 pm, with a VIP Preview Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday April 23-24-25-26 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

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Click on image to jump to online preview link

Habatat Galleries

4400 Fernlee Ave
Royal Oak, MI 48073

Phone: 248-554-0590

Glass in the 21st Century Exhibition @ Salisbury University

21st Century Glass exhibit at Salisbury University

21st Century Glass exhibit at Salisbury University

Maryland’s Salisbury University Galleries will present an exhibition of glass artworks by a diverse roster of noteworthy artists, reflecting the expanded nature of contemporary sculptural glass art. Glass, as a medium, is undergoing a sea change. What started as a bohemian enterprise in the garage of the Toledo museum of art in 1962 turned into a cultural force by the early 1990’s. Artists like Dale Chihuly and the strong influence of Venetian glassworking techniques set the tone for the Studio Glass Movement for more than three decades. The early spirit of experimentation and a devil-may-care attitude toward process gave way to an emphasis on bright colors, skillful execution, and mastery of increasingly complicated techniques. However it is evident that momentum for a new paradigm is building.

Audrey Wilson, "Jacob's Ladder", Pâte de verre, kiln formed tempered glass, refractory glass, found objects

Audrey Wilson, “Jacob’s Ladder”, Pâte de verre, Kiln-formed Tempered Glass, Refractory glass, Found objects

 

Artists who have no previous connection to the material like Roni Horn, Anish Kapoor, and Kiki Smith (among many others) are including major glass sculptures in their body of work, and finding an audience for that work in some of the most prestigious museums around the globe. This would have been virtually unheard of 20 years ago as glass was dismissed out of hand as a purely ‘craft material’. Artists like Josiah Mcelheny take traditional glassmaking processes and turn them on their head by incorporating social commentary and by connecting his work to a historical context., “21st Century Glass” looks at the future of the medium as artists move away from technique-driven work into a more modern approach to the material. Movements like Glass Secessionism (placing the focus on artistic vision) and Hyperopia Projects (artists with glass backgrounds drawing from multiple disciplines and media) are included in this survey of sculptural glass.

Davin Ebanks, "Portrait of the Artist: Redaction: 13.05.17, Pterois volitans", Blown, Hot-sculpted, Sand-blasted & Mirrored Glass, Wood, Aluminium

Davin Ebanks, “Portrait of the Artist: Redaction: 13.05.17, Pterois volitans”, Blown, Hot-sculpted, Sand-blasted & Mirrored Glass, Wood, Aluminium

Steven Durow, the Head of SU’s Art Department Glass Area was the curator of the exhibition. Durow gave some insight on the show: I chose the title for this exhibition, Glass in the 21st Century, because I wanted to take note of this moment in time as we settle into the new millennium and to take a glimpse down the road to see where glass as a material for artistic expression might be headed. The work in this exhibition comprises a sampling of artists whose approach to the material of glass exemplify the changes”.

Durow continued: “The digital revolution has given artists access to technologies for video, sound, and interactive media that is unprecedented. Advancements in glass studio equipment and the inclusions of glass programs in the university setting (as well as artist retreat centers like Penland, Pilchuck, etc) have given more people access to the material than at any time in human history. What were once fiercely guarded secrets are now a YouTube search away. Artists have become their own educators. Harvey Littleton, the recognized founder of the Studio Glass Movement in America famously quipped, “Technique is cheap.” Today, it is free. Now that an artist working in glass can do whatever they want, the focus becomes what will they choose to say with it? That is the focus of this exhibition.”

The artist in this exhibition represent the changing way artists are approaching the material of glass. Featured artists include: Karen Donnellan, Davin Ebanks, Sean Hennessey, Michael Janis, Weston Lambert, Carmen Lozar, Sibylle Peretti, Margaret Spacapan, Tim Tate, Erwin Timmers, Audrey Wilson, and Walter Zimmerman

21st Century Glass

January 20th – February 21, 2015

SU Art Galleries, Fulton Hall, 1101 Camden Avenue, Salisbury, MD 21801

Artist Lecture by Karen Donnellan: Thursday February 19 at 5:30pm, Fulton Hall 111
Reception to follow in the University Gallery. SU Art Galleries programming is supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council and the Salisbury Wicomico Arts Council.

Habatat Michigan’s 42nd International Glass Invitational Opens Next Week

Habatat Galleries was established in 1971 in a suburb of Detroit, Michigan. It is the oldest and largest gallery in the United States devoted exclusively to artists working with glass as their medium. The 12,000 sq. ft. gallery in Royal Oak, MI, is the home of the International Glass Invitational, which for 42 years has introduced and exhibited the greatest artists working creatively with glass. This year, three artists from the Washington Glass School – Sean Hennessey, Michael Janis and Tim Tate are included in the exhibition.

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Habatat Galleries – Michigan works with many museums and art centers where they have developed exhibits that have been displayed in over 100 public institutions. Each year Habatat publishes catalogs celebrating these both national and international events.

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Habatat Gallery has the catalog for the 42 International Glass Invitational online – click on image to jump to online publication.

US/UK Sister Cities: Keeping Calm & Carrying On

The UK delegation again stopped into the Washington Glass School to plot plan what could be done next to further interaction between Sister Cities Washington, DC and Sunderland, England. 

Washington Glass School Co-Director Michael Janis outlines bold plans to the Sunderland representatives. Clockwise from left: Erwin Timmers, Tim Tate, Michael Janis, Oliver “Skip” Dulle, Tom Hurst, Catherine Auld.

Some of the topics included artwork exhibitions – including Artomatic- of US/UK glass and ceramics in London, residencies in Washington, DC and in Sunderland, and some new ways to get the work of the media-based artists seen. 
The delegation also visited Flux Studios, where UK ceramic artist Philippa Whiteside is currently working on her artist residency – and was featured in the British Council USA blog today.

UK artist Philippa Whiteside working at Flux Studio.

Click HERE to jump to the British Council post. We will advise on US/UK art interactions when they develop!

International Glass & Clay – In the Quieter Moments

The opening reception for the International Glass and Clay 2013 was crazy and fun – meeting all the artists was great, but I didn’t focus on the works. My good friend, Patrick Oberman of Artomatic invited me to come back to the show on a quiet afternoon and really look.  This posting is intended to contemplate the media based artwork by the talented artists involved in the International show and see what the works say.

The artwork on exhibit invites investigation.

UK glass artist Roger Tye  – Roger has two works in the exhibit, and they each present very different aspects. His wall piece is lush with color and organic plant forms. The glass tendrils curve around and out of the dimensional piece – its a very pretty and appealing work.

Roger Tye’s blown glass wall sculpture.

His other sculpture “Fold” has a different feel – its much more narrative. All over the moors and fells of the North of England and southern Scotland, there are strange dry-stone structures – similar to what Roger has sculpted. The stone structures (aka ‘sheepfold‘) were designed to provide a shepherd with a place to hold a few sheep and protect from theft. Roger’s sculpture “Fold”, made of cast glass and slate, is a witty contemporary commentary on this concept, complete with security camera.

“Fold” by Roger Tye.

US ceramic artist Jeff Herrity has three of his slipcast ceramic “totems” in the show. Jeff’s mother was a ceramic artist, and these works harken back to his childhood memories that include kitschy bits and bobs and elements created from ceramic molds. He sees the stacked figures as representative of a group of people that are a clan. We are all may different, yet we rely upon each other – for if one goes missing, we all fall.

Jeff Herrity “Totem I”, “Totem II”, “Totem III”

UK glass artist James Maskrey has some exquisite narrative glass works in the show – amongst my favorites:

James Maskrey “The Worst Journey In The World”

His blown works all reference the 1910–1913 British Antarctic Expedition led by Robert Falcon Scott. The ill-fated journey was to recover eggs of the Emperor penguin for scientific study. It was thought at the time that the flightless penguin might shed light on an evolutionary link between reptiles and birds through its embryo.

James Maskrey, “Winter Journey”, “Last Entry”, “The Barrier”.

The series based on the story “Worst Journey in the Worldand asks, but does not answer, the question of whether their suffering was futile, or whether it would inspire future human beings facing very different challenges. 

Nancy Donnelly’s fused glass panels.

US glass artist Nancy Donnelly is exhibiting her beautiful fused glass panels “Thistle & Berries” and “The Night Garden”. Both are made from fused frit powders and enamels fired into panels of glass. Her works have a quiet and thoughtful reserve.

Inge Panneels, “Micro Macro”

UK glass artist Inge Paneels’ fused glass panels are created using waterjet to precisly cut intricate patterns based on aerial imagery of river estuary juxtaposed with blood vessel structure. The fused glass panel highlights the communalities

Joe Hicks “Bottle”

US clay artist Joe Hicks has some beautiful ceramic stoneware with shino glaze. His works anchor the entry space of the gallery.

Philippa Whiteside’s ceramics feature incredible detail. The waterjet cut ceramics tell a story that runs around the cube form in different fonts.
Philippa Whiteside “Hope”

UK ceramic artist Philippa Whiteside works at creating beauty with her detailed clay works. She clearly loves to experiment with surface decoration and texture, and has a fascination with text and words.

Syl Mathis’ boat shaped glass/mixed media forms showcase his master craftsman skills.

US glass artist Syl Mathis‘ artwork has me fall in love with both the glass and the method he displays the kilncast forms. He is very skilled in his metal and stonecarving techniques, and I love his sandcarving of the glass figures.

Syl Mathis, “Ancient Ice”, “Time Bound”.

The artworks by the artists create intriguing and beguiling relationships with the other works on display. Part of the fun of the show is the new juxtapositions of the different styles and approaches of the art. 

Allegra Marquart‘s kilnformed & sandcarved glass panels (L) and Erwin Timmers‘ cast recycled glass sculptures (R) have a great dialog in the gallery.

The International Glass and Clay 2013 exhibit is open through March 23, 2013, at Washington, DC’s Pepco Edison Place Gallery, located at 702 Eighth Street, NW, Washington, DC. The show is organized by Artomatic and the DCCAH.

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Habatat Galleries Michigan 40th International Invitational

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Habatat Galleries (Michigan) hosts its 40th Annual International Glass Invitational Exhibition

April 26 to May 26, 2012 GRAND OPENING: April 28, 2012 8:00 PM

TIM TATE Mermaids Past Their Prime

Blown & Cast Glass, original video

Ferdinand Hampson’s Habatat Galleries will feature the work of over 90 artists at this invitational, the oldest and largest annual presentation of contemporary glass in the country. Also on display is the Habatat inventory of studio glass for-sale.


Also on exhibit is Evolution Revolution: A special 50th Anniversary exhibition will trace the history of studio glass in the US with the help of works by 35 artists, plaques, and videos.


SUSAN TAYLOR GLASGOW Chandelier Dress II

In its “Off” position, the chandelier dress rests on a chrome dress form stand  and it is lit by 8 bulbs around the skirt, as well as one bulb at the finial.  



Habatat Galleries

4400 Fernlee Ave, Royal Oak, MI