Pittsburgh Glass Center Benefit Auction Art On Fire

Join the over 400 community leaders and art appreciators for a fun and unforgettable evening in support of Pittsburgh Glass Center! The Art on Fire Auction is a hot party and Pittsburgh’s ONLY glass art auction. It’s a great opportunity to buy handmade, one-of-a-kind glass art for a good value while also supporting artists and Pittsburgh Glass Center.pgc.auctionThis year’s celebration (Friday, September 13 • 6:00–11:00pm) will feature:
Over 150 works of glass art created by artists locally and from around the world. PGC’s 2019 Honorary Artist is Shelley Muzylowski Allen, a painter and glass artist based near Seattle, Washington who adorns her glass sculptures and paintings with rusted metals and organic materials, focusing on the strength and stillness of animals. Her glass sculpture, entitled “Mercury,” will be this year’s signature auction piece.

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– Live Auction 8pm | Silent Auction 6–10pm (Bid Now!)

09/13/2019 | 6:00pm – 09/13/2019 | 11:00pm
Nova Place
100 South Commons, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15212

“Embodiment” Exhibit at Pittsburgh Glass Center


The Pittsburgh Glass Center (PGC)and the 3 Rivers Glass Beadmakers (3RGB) present “embodiment,” the first jewelry and wearables exhibit at PGC.

Entries were received from around the world including Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, the United Kingdom and the U.S. for this juried exhibition. Sixty-nine works of art were selected for exhibition including 10 artists along with several collaborators from Pittsburgh.

Laura Beth Konopinski's work commands the show.

“Captivated by the Dance of a Radiant Night” by Laura Beth Konopinski, Valerie Herrero and Jason Forck.  The work, designed for a performance, was designed to transform the wearer into a Silk Moth, displaying unconstrained feelings akin to the way a moth is attracted to the light.

Objects on display range from necklaces and wings to a crown and cape and reflect a variety of glass techniques. All of the art included in “embodiment” was chosen based on craftsmanship, aesthetic beauty, originality/creativity, and realization of the concept of embodiment meaning a tangible or visible form of a specific idea, quality or feeling.

PGC Executive Director Heather McElwee said,” The jurors looked for a diversity of art work and unusual content or untraditional subject matter, plus the use of different materials and techniques.” 

October 6 – November 19, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, October 6 from 6 to 9pm
pgc_horz_logo-792x600The Hodge Gallery at Pittsburgh Glass Center
5472 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206


Exhibiting Artists:
Carolyn Baum
Heather M. Behrendt
Jill  Benfield
Jennifer Blazina
Sabina Boehm
Deborah Carlson
Eunsuh Choi
Sarah E. Cohen
Alberto Corte
Ronit Dagan
Meredith  Edmondson
Jason Forck
Lezlie Foster
Alexandra Fresch
Nolly Gelsinger
Valerie Herrero
Nina Sam Hibler
Lisa M. Johnson
Leslie Kaplan
Floor Kaspers
Joy  L. Knepp
Natalia N. Komorowska
Laura Beth Konopinski
Lou Krueger
Sara Sally LaGrand
Ronnie Lambrou
Hethre Larivee
Stephanie Maddalena
Michael Mangiafico
Melissa A. Melan
Ben Miller
Linda Newnham
SaraBeth Post
Gillian Preston
Madeline Rile-Smith
Laurie Salopek
Daria Sandburg
Barbara  B. Simon
Lisa F. St. Martin
Ann Steenkiste
Tiger Waddell
Jeri Warhaftig
Deborah B. Weaver
Jeri J. Wiskus
Margaret  L. Zinser Hunt
Caterina Zucchi

Blown Out Of Proportion


Gigantic blown glass objects are a hallmark of artist John Miller.

John Miller’s “Hot Stuff” exhibition at Hodge Gallery in Pittsburgh Glass Center
July 2 thru Sept 26, 2010

The Washington Glass School Blog first wrote of John when he was one of the featured artists at the 2009 Wheaton Arts Glass Weekend Relay Competition.

Click HERE to jump to a video of the relay team of Tim Tate, John Miller, Laura Donefer and Marc Petrovic.

Tim Tate, Marc Petrovic and John Miller at 2009 Wheaton Arts Glass Relay

John is an assistant professor and head of the glass department at Illinois State University in Bloomington-Normal, IL.

“Hot Stuff” features John’s Claes Oldenburg-like, over-sized goblets and glassware including martini and daiquiri glasses – some holding as much as five gallons – and some super-sized fast food from his “Blue Plate Special”.

Says John in his artist statement:
My work reflects both a love of the immediacy of the glass material and a respect for its demanding properties. Some pieces are very formal and about glass and how it moves; others envelope a sense of humor and playfulness. I am always interested in pushing the medium to its heights. My work is about control and proportion as much as it is about finding new textures and forms... While looking through images of the work of Pop artist’s from the 1960′s, something clicked for me. Previously, I had been making artwork that revolved around serious topics. I felt that this work revealed only one side of me. The predominant side of my personality is very loose and comical, but this had not come out yet artistically.
One of my main influences growing up was the silent comedy genius of Buster Keaton. Although humor was central to his art, he was intensely serious about his work. I feel our approach to the creative process is similar. Keaton managed to find a balance between his difficult life and his brilliant slapstick gags. Similarly, I try to find equilibrium between the intensity of glass blowing and the humor which can be found in art and the art making process.”

Click HERE to jump to the Pittsburgh Tribune review of John’s show.

Pittsburgh Glass Center
Hodge Gallery
5472 Penn Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Tel: 412-365-2145