Back to Blog September 15, 2014

The Laurie Wagman Lecture Series in Glass: Charlotte Potter

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Charlotte Potter Bottled Emotion Performance

Charlotte Potter comes to Tyler’s Glass Program to give lecture followed by student participated performance of Bottled Emotions.

Bottled Emotions is a participatory event, which has been performed in communities around the world including Providence Rhode Island, Richmond & Norfolk Virginia, Alfred New York, Bergen Norway, and now Philadelphia. This Pseudo therapy is a personal confessional where the participant is instructed to take a deep breath and exhaust their emotion into a glass oxygen mask that is attached to the end of a blowpipe. Their concentrated emotion inflates the molten glass and these feelings give shape to the mass. The specimens are then arranged on a shelf to create a library of emotions. Upon the completion of each event or exhibition, the participants are given back their individual specimen.

Bottled Emotion plays homage to artist Marcel Duchamp’s Paris Air (1919). In this readymade, Duchamp fills a glass vial with genuine Paris air, creating a type of portable and potentially consumable souvenir.  

You can see more of Charlotte Potter’s works on her website