Pathfinder: Glass Art

In Chelsy Zelasko’s show Concomitant, blown glass sculptures are displayed as
“representations or reflections of people as vessels.” Her work explores the beauty and
versatility of glass and marries the craft of blowing glass with the process of creating meaningful
art.

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Below is a list of regional resources to further explore the realm of glass art.

Regional Glass Studios:
Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York
The Corning Museum of Glass cares for and displays the world’s best collection of art and
historical glass. It has more than 3,500 years of history displayed in the Glass Collection
Galleries, from the glass portrait of an ancient Egyptian pharaoh to contemporary sculpture
made in glass.

Banana Factory, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
The Hot Glass Studio at the Banana Factory offers a variety of beginning and advanced classes
and workshops in glass blowing, glass sculpting, flameworking and more.

Online Resources:
Glass Blowing Switchback Technique
Dennis Gardner of ArtsQuest in Bethlehem, Pa., demonstrates his switchback glass blowing
technique at the glass studio in the Banana Factory.

History of Glass Blowing
Seattle Glass Blowing Studio gives a short history of glass blowing as well as a glossary of
glass blowing terms.

Library Resources:
Lackawanna County Library: Masterpieces of American glass : the Corning Museum of Glass,
the Toledo Museum of Art by Jane Shadel Spillman. Spectacular full-color photographs and a
fascinating text trace the history of glassmaking in America, from the functional bottles, bowls,
flasks, goblets, and oil lamps of colonial times to stunning pieces of contemporary glass art.

Lackawanna Historical Society Library: Dorflinger Kalana Art Glass by John Quentin Feller.
A detailed look at the Dorflinger Kalana Line of acid-etched glass through photographs, catalog
pages, and advertisements.

Members of the Lackawanna Historical can use the library for free. Non-members pay a $5.00 daily use fee.

Marywood University Library: Glass: An Artist’s Medium by Lucartha Kohler.
The world of glassmaking has been shrouded in secrecy for centuries. Through years of
practice and research, Lucartha Kohler has unearthed the recipes of the past glass masters.
The book covers areas such as glass forming with a furnace and lampworking.

Lackawanna County Library card holders can apply for a free Marywood University Library.

Leslie Worrell Christianson, MLIS
User Services Librarian, Assistant Professor
Marywood University Library
2300 Adams Ave
Scranton, Pa 18509
lchristianson@maryu.marywood.edu

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