Amber Cowan’s Recent Glass Assemblages

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Similar to collage, Amber Cowan remixes and combines vintage glass pieces by “flameworking, blowing, and hot-sculpting” them into new creations. In her recent work, pieces that span centuries combine for intricate, mythological works. Cowan was last featured on HiFructose.com here.



“[Her] work asks universal questions about rebirth, knowledge, desire and the transformative powers of labor and imagination,” a recent statement says. Her pieces are made by re-working pressed glassware produced by some of the best known, but now-defunct, American glass factories. Simultaneously patriotic and subversive, Cowan’s objects explore the texture of material seduction and recount the history of US glass manufacturing; tracinging its rise, glory and demise and its influence on society.”

See more of her recent work below.

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I will be teaching one workshop this summer at The Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion from June 24-28. The class will cover flameworking with a variety of types of glass specifically focusing on choosing the right type of glass for your project. Sculptural techniques will include borosilicate, soft and recycled glass and everything in between. This is the only workshop I will be teaching this summer and it is open to all levels. Since I originally started out in the hotshop (18 years ago 😂. Omg) a lot of my techniques are developed out of a soft glass background. So, this class would be great for hot shop glassblowers who want to try flameworking. Also, I love helping artist of other mediums figure out a project in glass. 💎. For specifics on class cost please consult TMA Glass Pavilion or you can dm me about class questions. Hope to see some of you there! 💙

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