Blog Archive

October 22, 2014

Amber Cowan Exhibition at San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design

Author: kclements

  Amber Cowan's, Tyler Glass Adjunct Faculty, show Second Life Glass opened at the San Fransico Museum of Craft and Design on October 18th. Cowan’s pieces are made by re-working discarded, up-cycled or unwanted pressed glassware produced by some of the best known, but now-defunct glass factories in America.  Simultaneously subversive and patriotic the objects explore the texture of material seduction and recount the history of US glass manufacturing; tracing its rise, glory, demise and its influence on society.  Read More

October 22, 2014

Nate Ricciuto: Fixing a Hole at Temple Contemporary

Author: kclements

 Fixing a Hole is part of Temple Contemporary's series of Quiet Works, artistic interventions that play with the form of the exhibition space itself. Nate Ricciuto (Glass MFA 2015)calls attention to Temple Contemporary's drop tile ceiling through an inserted semi-sphere, giving the appearance that the ceiling itself is bubbling up.     Read More

October 15, 2014

Sam Geer comes to Tyler Glass

Author: kclements

Last week Sam Greer, a Philadelphia based glass artist, came to Megan Biddle’s Hot Casting class to give a demo in his unique and exciting way. Sam Geer’s performance work strives to create spectacle in a non-traditional way. While initiating moments of thrill and awe, he brings the audience to the brink of questioning whether this is art or stunt. The result of the performance expands on this polarity, leaving the viewer to decide if the scene is one of battered terrain or delicate beauty. His sculptures utilize primitive techniques from trades such as glassblowing, tin smithing and welding, often-using found objects and trash. In this way, Greer seeks to frame a view of life that is flawed and uneven, yet worthy of iconic status. Students were allowed to assist in the demo and in a way get to perform with Greer. You can see more of his work at his website:  http://www.samuelgeer.com Read More

October 8, 2014

The Laurie Wagman Lecture Series: BETH LIPMAN

Author: kclements

September 24, 2014 Tyler Glass was treated to renowned glass artist Beth Lipman speaking as a part of The Laurie Wagman Lecture Series. Being a Tyler Glass Alumnus (BFA 1994) Beth shared her experience at the old Tyler with the current Tyler undergrads. She covered her experience in Rome through the Temple Rome program as well as her early career working for Urban Glass in New York City. Lipman’s lively talk gave a breath of fresh air for the students by showing them the possibilities of stepping into the art world post graduation. Lipman has received numerous awards including a USA Berman Bloch Fellowship, Pollock Krasner Grant, Virginia Groot Foundation Grant, and a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant. Most recently, she completed Aspects of (American) Life, as commission for the New Britain Museum of Art (CT) and is in the process of working on Secretary with Chipmunk, a multipurpose sculpture for the Chipstone Foundation (WI) Read More

October 1, 2014

A Big Warm Welcome to Jesse Harrod, New Fibers and Material Studies Department Head

Author: Ajay Leister

The Fibers and Material Studies Program welcomes Jesse Harrod as Department Head! Originally from Toronto, Jesse has an MFA from the department of Material Studies from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University. She has been writing and making work that employs traditional and contemporary craft and sculptural practices with a focus on craft as "other" and how this pertains to queer theory as well as second and third wave feminism. Jesse is a fresh breath of Canadian air and we are thrilled to be working with her. Read More

October 1, 2014

Foundations Faculty: Buy Shaver

Author: Rhiannon Bell

I’ve been teaching here for three years.  This is my fourth year, and I’m now full-time, so that’s been a major shift for me.  But I’m thrilled to be here more time, having come from other institutions.  I worked at the University of the Arts, another Philadelphia University, and a couple community colleges in the area. What’s interested me about Tyler is that the students here are better equipped, meaning they come to class, they get the work done, I see a direct to link to their attendance to the progress they make in class.  They’re basically very diligent and intelligent people, so it’s a lot easier to work with that. Read More