Posted by: Kath Usitalo | September 25, 2012

Hot Glass Is Cool In Kalamazoo

Glass stringer bowl by Sally Pritko at West Michigan Glass Art Center, Kalamazoo

Whether your glass is half full, half empty, you’re in need of a glass or just fascinated with artists who can bend, mold, pull, twirl, fold and blow molten glass into works of art, you should mark your calendar for a hot time in Kalamazoo in October:

The Hot Glass Roadshow of the Corning Museum of Glass comes to the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts (KIA) October 5-14, with 60 demonstrations by master glassmakers. The event is a traveling program of the museum in Corning, New York, that contains examples of glass spanning 35 centuries.

See glass made at the Hot Glass Roadshow (Corning Museum photo)

The Hot Glass Roadshow coincides with the continuing KIA exhibition Expressions: International Glass Invitational, which makes me wonder whether you have to have a really interesting name to be a glass artist.

The exhibition features pieces by 26 artists including Dale Chihuly, famous for his large pieces, and Toots Zynsky, who makes incredible vessels that look like colorful tulips. Expressions runs through November 4, and there are companion lectures and tours on certain dates.

Suggested admission to KIA is $5 per person. General admission for Hot Glass Roadshow is $7.

Also in Kalamazoo on October 10 the West Michigan Glass Art Center celebrates its 10th anniversary with A Decade’s Desire For Fire from 6-10 p.m. that Wednesday at its space in the Park Trades Center. Cover is $10, drinks are 2/$10, food is $10… It’s a 10th anniversary, get it? Glassblowers will create works that will be up for auction to help fund the hot shop furnace at the studio/workspace.

Hurry and make your reservation at the Kalamazoo House Bed & Breakfast next door to the KIA; rooms at this beautiful B&B are filling up fast. And for good reasons; read about my visit: Pillow Talk: At Home At The Kalamazoo House B&B.

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“Red Reeds” by Dale Chihuly: Shades of a 2010 exhibition at Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids


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