Heart of Glass - Blenko Glass

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Marvin Lipofsky

Marvin Lipofsky (born September 1, 1938) is an American glass artist. He was a central figure in the spread of the American studio glass movement, introducing it to California.

Marvin Lipofsky - Glass artist - founder of the Glass Arts Movement.
Blenko Connection to Marvin - (see past post).
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From WIKI - RE: Marvin
Marvin Lipofsky (born September 1, 1938) is an American glass artist. He was a central figure in the spread of the American studio glass movement, introducing it to California.Lipofsky was born in Barrington, Illinois, where his family owned a department store. In 1962, he earned a BFA in Industrial Design from the University of Illinois, and he went on to earn both an MS and an MFA in Sculpture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1964. There he studied under Harvey Littleton, considered one of the founders of the studio glass movement along with Dominick Labino. He would introduce the concepts of the movement during his subsequent stint as a Design instructor at the University of California, Berkeley, where he taught until 1972. During this time, he was responsible for training many studio artists.In 1967, he founded the glass program at the California College of Arts and Crafts, which he headed for two decades. He was also a founder of the Glass Art Society, and has served as editor of its journal.Lipofsky was one of the first American glass artists to travel to Czechoslovakia, where a studio glass movement had arisen in the 1950s. This would prove to be the first of many trips he would take; he became well-known for his journeys abroad and his collaboration with numerous glass artists around the world.Many of Lipofsky's works are colorful "bubbles" of glass, often semi-translucent to allow the viewer to examine their depths. He is also known for works inspired by pop culture he crafted in the 1970s; these include the "Great American Food Series," consisting of sculptures such as hamburgers and pickles crafted from glass. He is known for his surface treatments and for the organic form of his pieces.Lipofsky's work is exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Corning Museum of Glass, the Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto, Japan, the Museums of Decorative Arts in both Bulgaria and Canada, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.He resides in Berkeley, California.


Dr.BOB said...

Do you own any of Marvin's works glasslady?
If so what and please show photos.
Read the earlier post, my thought then, and my question now is how did Blenko attract Marvin Lipofsky, Joel Myers, Harvey L, etc.?
If you don't know ask and forward the answers.

susan said...

69 - 2009?
How old is this man?
How old was he when he began?
Glass stars/ people seem to live long lifes, don't they?
Unlike music stars.

Anonymous said...

Last year, We had the opportunity to meet Lipofsky in Calif. Age can be a state of mind, Lipofsky is a very young 70 something.
Betty S.

annu said...

Dr Bob,
Lipofsky Myers, Littleton were all part of the 70s movement. My opinion is
Blenko 'found them' because they were young artist with a dream of making Glass Arts common place in US. At this time they were not well known, all went on to fame and fortune.
Perhaps same could be said of Husted.
If you (hillary) or anyone else owns lipofsky I hope you'll share photos.
Dr. Bob: I checked and as of this date no update that includes this blog site on Blenko Website.
Susan: I agree with previous commentor and you.
Artist don't age (physically or mentally) like the rest of us. I also agree that age is a number insignificant number.

susan said...

Have you priced his work?
What do you own?

Howard said...

Lipofsky's work is great, I especially like the colors in his California Loop series. I currently own 4 of his works, two early skecth piees from the 60's and a hot dog cup, the mold of which was made by ceramicist Carl Tepper. Not sure how to post photos here but I will put some on www.glassgallery.tumblr.com

Hillary J Homburg said...

Please send photos to
We agree re: Lipofsky's brillance - when I finish my training
purchasing Lipofsky art will be a priority.
We have been impressed with his gracious manners in dealing with new artist - he's a mentor, an advocate and teacher in all areas of life.
We welcome your photos, and also stories of how you acquired the items.