Glass

Philabaum Glass / Tom Philabaum

Tom Philabaum has been creating glass art for over 40 years. After much experimentation he perfected a technique of design and form in glass that came to be called the Reptilian series. In this series Philabaum can sometimes layer up to 20 layers of glass and different pigments, thus creating the scales, texture and depth of color within each piece. Philabaum has received numerous awards in recognition of his craft and work within the community including the Arizona Governor’s Art Award for Artist of the Year.

Above: Tom Philabaum, “Round Blue Paperweight.” Glass. Photo by HCCC.

Pinzette Glass / Bill Burch

Bill Burch finds there is nothing quite as exciting as shaping and forming molten glass, a material that cannot be touched, despite the tender and intimate relationship the artist has with the medium. No piece is ever quite reproducible or predictable, which adds to the excitement and mystery of glass. Burch’s work emphasizes the process of blowing and forming hot glass using design elements that can be incorporated into the molten material. His challenge is to add these designs and still maintain the integrity of the process by capturing the beauty implicit in the simplest form, line and color.

Above: Bill Burch, “Creamer,” “Wabi-Sabi Vase,” and “Large Pitcher.” Glass. Photo by HCCC.

Gillian Preston

Gillian Preston

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Gillian Preston’s process begins by blowing a plate of glass in a hot shop choosing and applying layers of color that will serve as the canvas for her glass wearable’s. Glass powders are inset into these sandblasted into the glass and fused to the plate in a kiln. A few firings in a kiln complete the process as each piece takes its one of a kind shape. Broken Plates makes reference to the work’s origin as each wearable was cut and created from a piece of hand blown plate glass, resulting in a highly unique line of jewelry that captures the qualities of blown glass.

Above: Gillian Preston, “Glass Geo Cuff.” Blown glass and brass. Photo courtesy of the artist.