Category Archive for: ‘Artist Studio Visits’


August 23, 2015: Visit to the studio of Nicholas Africano

A large group of MCGAG members converged in Normal, Illinois, to visit the home and studio of artist Nicholas Africano and his wife Rebecca.  Africano’s work in glass is created by casting, using the lost-wax method developed in ancient times.  He makes models out of wax, which are then covered in plaster.  The form is heated so that the wax …

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July 12, 2015: Glassblowing Demonstration by Laura Donefer

It was an honor and a real treat to attend the demonstration by Canadian artist Laura Donefer, at the Ignite Studio in Chicago.  Laura is well known for her “basket” pieces – blown vessels with multi-colored and whimsical ornamentation.  We learned that these pieces reflect her personality – exuberant, unconventional, and uninhibited.  As always, it was fascinating to watch her …

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September 21, 2014: A Visit from a Master!

We were so privileged to host a visit from one of today’s outstanding glass artists: Richard Jolley, along with his wife, Tommie Rush. Richard agreed to come to Chicago from his home in Knoxville, Tennessee, and demonstrate his glassblowing techniques for us.  We were also fortunate to be able to provide a fitting location to showcase his demonstration, at Ignite …

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June 29, 2014: MCGAG visits Binh Pho

It was a great privilege to join other MCGAG members in visiting Binh Pho’s home studio on June 29th. The warm welcome and lovely glimpse into Mr. Pho’s creative work space left us wishing we could have lingered there a bit longer. We were greeted by Graeme Priddle, Pho’s jovial colleague and talented fellow wood turner in his own right from New Zealand. Our lovely tour …

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Find Glass Art Wherever You Go

Whenever we travel, we are always looking for glass art.  Usually we search for galleries and art museums that might have exhibits of interest.  But there are other ways as well. Recently we were staying with friends in Ottawa, Canada.  When they heard of our interest in glass art, our hosts immediately went to their computer and did a search …

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August 11, 2013: Visit to Ignite Glass Studio

We had an exciting visit to the Ignite Glass Studio in Chicago.  Ignite is a new facility which combines working space for artists, classes, and demonstrations, along with a gallery of works for sale.  We were privileged to see a demonstration by artist Charles Savioe. Among other things, Savioe is known for the beautiful goblets that he creates, using some …

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July 2013: MCGAG Trip to Seattle

Members of the Midwest Contemporary Glass Art Group met on July 9, 2013 at the Hotel Andra for a five day trip in Seattle, Washington led by Barry Rice. Our first day was a scenic drive to Pilchuck Glass School for an escorted tour with Jim Baker, the Director–ending with wine and cheese at his cabin.  It is a fabulous …

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