There are always ups and downs in any industry, and the past 5 years have been unusually difficult for glass artists, glass galleries, and others in this field.With the increased scrutiny on the environment, a number of glass manufacturers were forced to close down, and it seemed to spur a downward momentum..
With every dip, however, we can usually expect a rise, and it looks like 2019 is giving us the upswing we have been waiting for.New York Magazine recently published an article outlining the new interest in glass objects.It seems to follow a resurgence in the interest in handmade pottery, and states that “handblown is the new hand-thrown”.There is a new group of artists, that are inspired by tradition and the studio glass movement, and experimenting with glass in new ways.It is pushing innovation in the field, and the maker movement is also pushing interest in glass design and functional objects.This all spells good news for glass artists, galleries, institutions, and the glass community as a whole.It is bringing this medium back to the forefront, giving glass some much needed visibility and attention.
If you are a NETFLIX subscriber, you can see the launch of the first reality show ever, featuring glass artists competing for a grand prize, which includes a residency at Corning.This will be instrumental in bringing handblown glass to a worldwide audience, and deepening their understanding of the art form.Although there was initial concern in the community regarding the way in which contestants would be portrayed, those who have already seen the series (which aired earlier this year in Canada), say it is educational and positive.Get your popcorn ready and tune in on July 12 for the Premier in the U.S. !
And before I sign off I would also like to give a big thank you to Tom Kasten for his years of service and dedication to the GLANC Board, and welcome Pat Elam as our Secretary!
Best, Demetra Theofanous President, Glass Alliance of Northern California