From the Flame is a juried exhibition that includes artwork by established and emerging artists from across the country. Selections were made based on technique, design, concept, originality, and craftsmanship. Out of 69 submissions, the jury selected 32 fascinating objects. Judges will award monetary prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, place and visitors will have the opportunity to cast their votes for a People’s Choice award.
From goblets and pipes to sculpture and jewelry, From the Flame considers the various ways contemporary artists are exploring and expanding a centuries-old approach to glassmaking. Flamework (also known as lampworking and torchworking) is a traditional technique where a torch or lamp is used directly to melt glass. Once in a molten state, the glass is formed by blowing and shaping with tools and hand movements. Flamework first flourished in Italy in the fourteenth century and then spread throughout Europe and to the rest of the world. It is currently experiencing a renaissance as artists push boundaries, creating increasingly complex objects with a variety of tools and a range of techniques.
Image: Jeremy Ross and Drew Kups. Untitled
, 2018. Flameworked borosilicate glass, silver, and gold. 6 x 4 inches. Courtesy of the artist. Photography by Jeff Dimarco.