Pennsylvania Glass Trail
The Pennsylvania Glass Trail gives new meaning to seeing the world through rose-colored glasses – as part of this artisan trail, you’ll see the world through glass of every color imaginable!
As you hit the road on the PA Glass Trail to explore contemporary art glass, you’ll find the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, PA Glass Trail artists’ studios, and the Banana Factory. You will learn about how art glass is created, talk to and share in glass artists’ experiences, and discover some of the most beautiful art glass in the country.
The Pennsylvania Glass Trail is an innovative glass art tour connecting the GoggleWorks with independent glass artists’ studios, galleries featuring glass and art glass shops along the Route 222 corridor from Lancaster to Bethlehem.
The Pennsylvania Glass Trail provides visitors interested in the rich history and production of glass art with a self guided tour to visit participating glass artists’ studios, galleries and shops, where artists share with visitors their work, experiences and creative workplaces.
PA´s Artisan Trails
PA´s Artisan Trails will bring you to the doorsteps of talented national, regional and local artists, including an artist who “paints with thread,” funky glass artists, and an artist who taught Martha Stewart a thing or two about Japanese marbling.
Pennsylvania Glass Trail Participants
PLEASE CONTACT INDIVIDUAL STUDIOS TO SCHEDULE A VISIT.
ArtsQuest’s GlassWorks at the Banana Factory – the Lehigh Valley’s only hot glass studio – is a dynamic, hands-on educational facility dedicated to promoting an understanding and appreciation of the art of blown glass and the glass making process. The studio offers a variety of glassblowing, flameworking and slumping & fusing classes and workshops; educational programs for youth; a visiting artist in residence program and group and corporate art experiences. A wide variety of exquisite glass art is available for purchase in the charming Gallery Shoppe.
The Banana Factory will not be holding demos on September 11 and 12, 2010- just classes.25 W. 3rd street,
Bethlehem, PA 18015
Glasslight studio was founded in 1981 by Joel Bless and Candace Luke-Bless who met as art students at RIT. Joel thought it natural to incorporate glass with light so lighting became their first products. After an evolution of creative processes they developed a method they dubbed “vertical drip casting” and created a totally unique and successful line of menorahs. Candace diverged from hot glass to fuse tiles and tabletops using new and recycled glass. Joel and artist Paul Madsen devised ways to sculpt metal to compliment the glass. Glasslight takes pride in the extraordinary patterns and colors used to create a spectrum of expressions in glass. Recent projects include large chandeliers with multiple glass pieces. Glasslight works are sold at fine galleries throughout the U.S.
Joel will be holding demos for both the September and November 2010 glass trail weekends.Glasslight studio
Address: 3611 St. Peter’s road
St. Peters, PA 19470
931 West Washington Street Allentown, PA
Will Dexter co-founded Taylor Backes glass studio, along with his partner, Karla Trinkley. Their objective was to collaborate in the design of traditional and contemporary art glass. Dexter and Trinkley both received BFA degrees from Tyler School of Art, Elkins Park, PA and MFA degrees from Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI. Their work has been exhibited throughout the world and is in the permanent collections of museums, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The American Craft Museum and The Corning Museum of Glass. They have lectured and taught at Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle, WA; Penland School of Craft, Penland, NC; and the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence,RI.
Will will be holding demos for both the September and November 2010 glass trail weekends.Taylor backes
Address: 2nd & Washington streets,
Boyertown, PA 19512
Dan Gaumer was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania and studied at the Philadelphia College of Art. His glass has been featured in gallery exhibitions nationwide at places such as the Works Gallery in Philadelphia and del Mano Gallery in Los Angeles. He has also been affiliated with the American Craft Council. Since 1994 Gaumer has been intrigued with the possibility of combining blown glass and pate de verre, a very different process in which crushed glass is packed into a refractory mold and melted at temperatures exceeding 1600 F. In 1998 he began his latest work, the Core series. The uniqueness of his work is in the use of the pate de verre, which when applied during the blowing process, becomes an integral part of the piece. “I hope the techniques that have evolved will enable me to produce work that is exceptional and expresses my passion for the glass medium,” says Gaumer.
Dan will be doing demos at GoggleWorks for both glass trail weekends this year: September and November 2010.129 North Cherry Street
Topton, PA 19562
Sean and Emily Gilvey
Following in a family tradition that spans three generations, Sean Gilvey and his wife Emily, a Philadelphia native, opened Hudson Beach Glass Philadelphia in October of 2008.
With 15 years experience designing and creating for the Hudson Beach Glass line, Sean now produces his exquisite collection of drink ware, one-of-a-kind Suspension Bowls, and much more in our Strawberry Street Studio.
Hudson Beach Glass Philadelphia carries over 40 types of sculptural, functional pieces ideal for dining and entertaining, or creating an effortless yet elegant centerpiece that is bound to create a stir. All our items are hand crafted and designed in 13 colors by Sean or one of the founding members of Hudson Beach Glass.
We also carry a large selection of jewelry handmade by local and national artisans. Unique and expressive accessories are perfect in creating that personal touch in gift giving, or indulging in your own retail therapy.Hudson Beach Glass Philadelphia
26 S. Strawberry St,
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Donna GreenwoodGreenwood Stained Glass
22 Jefferson Street
Sandra is an artist meticulously kiln forming unique works of art in glass. She creates a variety of functional platters, bowls, serving trays and sushi plates as well as designing and constructing her own molds. Miss Kaye is proud to announce the publication of her F3 Series – Frailty, Fractured & Frozen – chosen to be in the ” Best of America / Glass Artists 2010.” Miss Kaye has been a glass fusing instructor for the past 7 years teaching beginning, intermediate & advanced classes and private workshops for large groups and organizations.
Miss Kaye will not be demoing but her home/studio welcomes visitors to view her latest pieces between shows & events. She will be happy to invite you in during Glass Trail weekends but suggests you call first for accurate directions.Sandra Kaye Studios
2141 E. Main Street
Douglassville, PA 19518
Jason Klein is the founder and Operator of Historical Glassworks. Graduating with a BSM in marketing and a BFA in Glass from Tulane University, Jason Klein then spent the last 20 years working with glass. He has studied with various masters from all over the world in historical techniques and has taught at various schools and universities.
Located at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire in Manhiem, PA (the town of the famous Stiegel Glassworks), Historical Glassworks main focus is on a variety of historical techniques as well as fine decorative craft. Demonstrations from Roman, Medieval, renaissance, early American, all the way up through today are given several times a day during the Renaissance faire season. Entrance to the Festival is required.
Jason will be doing demos at the Renaissance Faire both September and November glass trail weekends this year. Rennaissance Faire Entrance Fee required.Historical Glassworks
The Pennsylvania Renaissance Fair located at historic mount hope estate and winery,
Louise Mehaffey has been working with glass for over 25 years. Long ago, she enrolled in a stained glass class, intending to replace an ugly plastic sidelight in her home. Because her family moved not long after the class was over, she never got to finish the project, but the experience was enough to hook her. She opened the Glass Place studio and has been working in glass ever since. She has taken many workshops and seminars to expand her knowledge into fusing, sandblasting and painting on glass, and she used these techniques to achieve the effect she wanted in her work. Recently, she has been melting glass with an oxygen/propane torch creating lamp-worked glass beads, and this has become her focus today.
On Nov 13-14, Louise will be at the Hidden Treasures Studio Tour in the Lehigh Valley area. She is in Studio 1. For more information, please visit http://hiddentreasurestour.comThe Glass Place
1426 Delaware avenue
Wyomissing, PA 19610
Nancey Seghetti owner and operator of the MOSAIC STUDIO in West Reading, Pennsylvania, has traveled extensively to learn her craft. She is inspired by visionary and outsider artists, as well as masters of mosaic from the Middle Ages. These explorations have taken her to England, Spain, Italy, India, Vietnam and Cambodia where she has experimented with techniques, restored a number of outdoor environments and created new work. Her own work remains unique and the influences assumed by the artist are distilled, adapted and recreated with her own visionary art work. Nancey can be contacted at (610) 374-0919.
Nancey will not be demoing in her studio, but she will be showing at Gallery 908 at 908 North 8th Street- Reading, PA.The Mosiac Studio
522 Penn avenue
West Reading, PA 19611
Through the Fire Glass Studios
Through the Fire Glass Studios was founded by Ben Ahlgrim and Jeremy Friedly in 2008. They create custom hot glasswork, specializing in glass blowing, casting and kiln forming. They recently produced work for designer Sarah Musselman for a special exhibition of her work at the Heller Gallery in NYC. Their work can be seen at the Lancaster Convention Center, Lancaster Galleries, at That Fish Place, Lynden Gallery, the National Watch and Clock Museum, and at the Garth Gallery, Columbia, PA. They do custom commissions and collaborative projects with fine artists and designers.
Jeremy will be holding demos for both the September and November 2010 glass trail weekends.