Heart of Glass - Blenko Glass

Blenko Glass is a West Virginia treasure that spans generations. Nothing symbolizes the state of West Virginia better or more beautifully than Blenko Glass. We will discuss current and former craftsmen and designers and how important it is that Blenko and West Virginia glass be appreciated and valued by the younger generation.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Marvin Lipofsky - Glass Artist

While most of my friends can't wait to buy a great car, a bigger TV or faster computer. My goal is to own something made by my friend Marvin Lipofsky.
Marvin is known as one of the founders of the glass art movement. He is a founding member of the GAS - Glass Art Society . One summer as a part of a special program - Marvin worked with the men at Blenko Glass.

SOFA NY - Marvin Lipofsky

SOFA NY Lecture Series Saturday, April 17 4:15-5:15pm50 Years of Glass, Almost Marvin Lipofsky presents a visual survey of almost 50 years working in glass factories and studios throughout the world.Dear Friends, This year at SOFA NY, we are proud to highlight the latest works by Sidney Hutter, Marvin Lipofsky, Charles Miner, Martin Rosol and Steven Weinberg; each artist an important figure in the contemporary glass movement. In addition we will feature some earlier examples from their personal archives. Represented in many private and public collections around the world, some of the works in this show are from series that have not been available in galleries for many years. Please feel free to contact us for further information or to receive SOFA NY passes. With best wishes,Jim Schantz & Kim Saul
Marvin Lipofsky Small California Loop Series #7 1978 8.5x18x9"

Marvin Lipofsky was one of Harvey Littleton's first graduate students working in glass. Lipofsky went on to introduce glass as an art form to the Design Department at the University of California at Berkeley and founded the Glass Program at the California College of Arts and Crafts. He has traveled extensively to work at glass studios through- out the world; collaborating and gathering inspiration for his sculptures.Selected collections include:Museum of Contemporary Crafts Corning Museum National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan Stedelijke Museum, Amsterdam
___________________________________________________________________We hope you can stop by and see work by these artists at: SOFA New York67th & Park AveOpening Night Preview April 15, 5:30 - 9:00 pm
For more information on these and other works,please email the gallery at:contact@schantzgalleries.com3 Elm Street, Stockbridge, Massachusetts 01262(413)298-3044



Phani said...

I just visited Schantz Galleries and found a lot of contemporary glass art and some by Dale Chihuly also. Check this out B.


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Anonymous said...

You were invited?
Glasslady your circle of friends is impressive.
BTW what piece do you most admire?
I am searching for a graduation gift.

Dr.BOB said...

Doc Hillary
We now own 3 items made by ML
we readily admit not knowing the name before you posted his work a couple years ago.
Now to find a Harvey Littleton item for under 3K is my new goal.

Dr.BOB said...

One more thing
John Nickerson also former Blenko and Hank Admas former Blenko
are often featured at SOFA.
I own works created after Blenko by these 2 and JPM.

Anonymous said...

What does Roxie think about Marvin's work?
We should hear from the Cabin Creek area re: what is art.
Ted E

susan said...

if you can afford to go, you'll find not just glass art, but furniture, and muulti types of artist expression.
Nothing is a bargain but every item is a treassure.

chitrakahn said...

Thanks for the link Phani.

chitrakahn said...

We've been to SOFA in Chicago.
Hilary I agree with the person who suggest you have a new computer.
While you are more reliable than the men in my life, a new computer is needed.
My email is returned 50% of the time.

Anonymous said...

Why did such a famous person work at Blenko?
Next question Why did Blenko let him leave?

susan said...

Neglected to comment on the beauty of this art.
Does he blow this? How do they combine the colors?

Dr.BOB said...

Doc Hilary
Sent you photos of my Marvin L, John Nickerson, and JPM after blenko for the blog.

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Anonymous said...

Interview Marvin
speak about his time at Blenko
what was it like to do factory work or to work with factory craftmen instead of fellow artist?
Would he do it again?
Does he remember Blenko and if so what does he remember?
Next question what does his art sell for? If you are comparing the purchase to a computer / tv/ car?
Tom H.

westvirginiajanis said...

Reminds me of life "Under the Sea." Breathtaking. Once I saw a tortoise shell bowl that had this same undulating quality.

It would be nice to see more Lipofsky.

Anonymous said...

Any photos of the work Lipofsky did in WV?

DrAnnu said...

We saw Marvin's works.
No photos allowed.