MANCHESTER >> "Modern Alchemy: The Art of Glass" opens on Saturday, May 21, at the Southern Vermont Arts Center. Works by members of the Vermont Glass Guild will be on display until July 10 in the spacious galleries of the Wilson Museum and Art Galleries.
Established in 2010, the goal of the Vermont Glass Guild is to bring together Vermont artists working in glass for the purpose of mutual support and professional enrichment. The variety of techniques used to produce works of art in glass is well represented, including the hot technique (blown glass), warm (kilnformed), lamp (torchworked) and cold (stained glass).
Glass is made by melting together silica, soda ash, and lime in a furnace at temperatures of 2,300 degrees fahrenheit. Glassmakers have traditionally depended on local raw materials for their glass, allowing for many differences to appear over the centuries and across cultures. Glass making usually was centered on an area where there was a ready supply of wood to heat the furnaces, later replaced by coal and now propane and electricity, and occasionally solar.
The studio glass movement is now international in reach and, with its emphasis on the artist and designer, has changed the way works of art made from glass are viewed. Glassblowers share ideas and technical information and work in ways that are different from the past. Sometimes the solitary glassblower is responsible for a small range of objects, and other times it takes a whole
team of people to make a piece.
For more information, visit the art center's website at svac.org or call 802-362-1405.