Saturday, July 10, 2010

Glass by Victor Chiarizia

While North Carolina is best known for its pottery we have some fabulous glass artists as well.  Penland School of Crafts in the western part of the state is a national center for craft education. The school offers workshops in books, paper, clay, drawing, painting, glass, iron, metals, photography, printmaking, textiles and other media.

Each year approximately 1200 people come to Penland for instruction. The school has no standing faculty; its instructors include full-time studio artists as well as teachers from colleges and universities.

Most of the glass blowers, potters and other craftspeople we represent have been at Penland either as teachers or students.

Since 1975 Victor Chiarizia has explored many facets of glassmaking, including blown, flameworked, cast, etched and sandblasted.

Today, Chiarizia's sculptural works express his thoughts about life, growth and renewal in art glass comprised of two distinctive techniques--hot glass and flameworked glass with vitreous fired-on enamels.

Victor was educated at
The Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass / CORNING, NY, Haystack School of Crafts / DEER ISLE, ME, Salem College / PENNSGROVE, NJ.

His work is in museums and collections all over the world including
The Palace Hotel / BEIJING
Absolut Vodka / TEANECK, NJ
Royal Caribbean / LONDON, UK
Herald Examiner Building / LOS ANGELES, CA
Sandwich Glass Museum / SANDWICH, MA
The Smithsonian / WASHINGTON, DC
Heublein Corporation / FARMINGTON, CT
In New York City at St. Thomas Cathedral, AT&T, St. Ignatius Church, The Frick Collection, Tiffany's, Bulgari, Morgane Le Fay Fashion House and Barney's

And we're lucky to have his work in NEW BERN!!

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