GLANC Visits Dorothy Saxe

[Susan Longini]

The view overlooking the San Francisco Bay from Dorothy Saxe’s San Francisco apartment is spectacular, but on February 19th, GLANC members were focused inward toward the equally spectacular glass artwork on display.

To see the collection of glass amassed by Dorothy and her late husband George is to see the development of the movement from its early days to its current state.

Their collecting story, told by Dorothy with humor and charm, started in the late 1970. The kids were gone, and George was involved in business, golf and sports. Dorothy went to the opera and engaged in philanthropic pursuits. They wanted to find an activity that would engage them both and that they could learn together. Finding a Corning Museum of Glass New Glass catalogue with its beautiful pictures of glass art, they decided that Glass Art would be their mutual pursuit.

Little did they know that it would become a focal point of their lives, involving new friendships, acquiring space to exhibit, becoming trustees of Pilchuck Glass School and patrons of artists to further their development.

The collection is deep. Starting in the early 1980s, they have followed many artists through decades, resulting in a fabulous documentation of the artists’ development.

The space displays the work to maximum effect, often grouped according to artist, color family, or energy. It is never crowded, well lit and intimately accessible.

While many names are familiar, such as Dale Chihuly and William Morris, Dorothy also enjoys collecting glass artwork by artists whose primary medium is something other than glass, such as glass vessels by ceramic artist Betsy Woodman.

Much of the Saxe collection has been donated to the DeYoung Museum, but it is regularly rotated out and restored to the apartment by the Bay. How lucky we are that GLANC member Dorothy Saxe shares her love of art and appreciation of the artists with the greater glass community!


Dorothy Saxe explains her work