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Glass Break is the new mid-day series of conversations with artists and thinkers, giving their insights into the works of art on view at Museum of Glass. Each conversation will look at the specific processes used to create the works of Albert Paley, Michael Taylor, and Dale Chihuly, from how one creates distinct shapes in cold glass to the influence of the medium of glass in the art world. Bring your own food, or grab a bite from the Museum café.

These 30-minute talks are held on Thursdays in the MOG theater. 

Admission is $5. Soft drinks, water, and cookies provided.



March 8: Metal and Glass

Looking at the works of Albert Paley, we’ll talk about how metal and glass are worked into shapes, and how the two materials complement each other. Featuring Scott Szloch, instructor of Forging and Metalsmithing, Pratt Fine Arts Center.

Working with steel or wrought iron, blacksmiths use tools to bend, hammer and cut metal to create powerful and amazing shapes and forms. In the work of Albert Paley, collaborating with other artists allows an artistic conversation to develop, with two approaches meeting in one vision, one statement.

This discussion will reference the metal and glass collaborative works currently on display, Complementary Contrasts: The Glass and Steel Sculptures of Albert Paley. Addressing the interplay possible in these two materials, we will look at how an artist creates balance, elements of fluidity and the language of form.


March 15: After the Fire

The process of making glass art doesn’t end when we take it off the blowpipe. Join Museum of Glass Coldworker Kristen Elliot for a discussion about what happens after glass cools down.

Sculpting glass in a cooled state can involve cutting, polishing and grinding the glass with specific tools and working methods. An important part of the glassmaking process, it can inform sculptural forms and become an inspiration in creating a new work.

The glass work process of coldworking informs and defines elements of the work of Michael Taylor, seen in the exhibition, Michael E. Taylor, Traversing Parallels. Currently on view at the Museum of Glass. this discussion will include the importance of structure, light and transparency in Taylor’s work.


March 22: Collect ‘em all

How does an individual or museum build an art collection? Get the inside scoop on what drives collectors from Museum of Glass Assistant Curator, Katie Buckingham. Collecting art works is an individual passion, driven by individual choices. We will examine what matters most to the individual when collecting glass, as well as the collector's intent.

From the curator's viewpoint, we will examine the elements that inform the process of choice when collecting. We will discuss the issues of when the work was produced, the technical method used to create the work and other factors to consider as a collector.


March 29: The Early Days

How did glass become so popular in the Pacific Northwest? The chat today is about how first-generation studio glass artists like Dale Chihuly set in motion the growth of glass art. Featuring internationally recognized glass artist, former Chihuly gaffer, and 1978 Pilchuck student, Richard Royal.

Challenging the definitions of the scale, relevance and expressive qualities of working in glass, Dale Chihuly has created works that encompass a sculptural context. Collaborating with artists utilizing different approaches in glass, the elements of both visions, shines through.

A look at the collaborative nature of Dale Chihuly’s artistic approach and continual experimentation, as well as, the changes the Pilchuck Glass School fostered and the ever-growing use of this medium within the art world today.

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