Visiting Artist Series
The Perry Glass Studio’s Visiting Artist Series brings the world’s top glass art talent to the Hampton Roads area. You’re invited to watch them work in the Chrysler Hot Shop.
September Visiting Artist
Richmond-based glass artists Grant and Erin Garmezy are known for their life-like sculptural works of animals. Watch as they use their impressive technical skill to turn molten glass into realistic forms during free demonstrations at the Glass Studio. Join us online to learn more about these techniques during a lecture with the artists.
Free public demos: Friday–Sunday, September 11–13 from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. and 2:30–5 p.m. Online lecture with the artists: Friday, September 11 at 7 p.m.
Sponsored in part by the Rutter Family Art Foundation
Friday–Sunday, September 11–13
2019 Visiting Artists
The Perry Glass Studio team was excited to welcome world-renowned glass artists Hiroshi Yamano to Norfolk November 8–10, 2019. A native of Fukuoka, Japan, Yamano is one of the most well-known and revered glass artists in the world.
Mel Douglas and Nancy Callan brought their collaborative artistic process to the Glass Studio in March 2019. Both Douglas and Callan have works in the Chrysler’s collection, Douglas’s stunning Threefold, Twofold, and Periphery and Callan’s Aquaman Stinger.
2018 Visiting Artists
Amber Cowan’s sculptural glasswork includes recycled, up-cycled, and second-life American pressed glass.
As a contemporary urban-based Aboriginal (Arrernte) glass artist, Jenni Kemarre Martiniello’s aim is to produce a body of traditionally inspired works that pay tribute to traditional weavers and provide recognition for these ancient cultural practices.
Brynhildur Thorgeirsdóttir traveled from Iceland to share her glass casting process.
2017 Visiting ArtistsRead More
Micah Evans can be described as a glassmaking nomad, a Washington state native who started working with glass in the late '90s. He's lived/worked/taught in Miami, Fla., Penland, N.C., and Austin, Texas, and is well-versed in both glassblowing and flameworking.
Jay MacDonell has worked for artists such as Benand Sebastian, Xu Bing, Angelo Filomeno, Bruce Mau, Catherine Chalmers, and Mildred Howard. He has taught workshops at The Bay Area Glass Institute in San Jose, Pilchuck Glass School, Espace Verre in Montreal and the Royal Danish School of Design.
2016 Visiting ArtistsRead More
A master of cast-glass sculpture and a favorite of glass art collectors, when he's not traveling and teaching Adams has a pretty good day job—Glass Studio Director at the Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center in Millville, N.J.
This space buff with a distinctive retro-futuristic style wowed a Studio audience that included NASA scientists. One highlight was creating in hot glass a prototype Mars explorer that the NASA scientists are currently working on in real life (and what Matt Damon drove in The Martian).
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Born in the home of modern glass traditions, Murano, Italy, this immensely talented flameworker now lives and works in Williamsburg, Va. His stature as an artist is second only to his stature as a teacher.
As a young artist, she signed up for a glass class with Dale Chihuly on the day the furnace was being installed—before it was even in the course catalog. Decades later she's the master of a unique style, and heralded around the world for her flowing, colorful creations.
One of the top contemporary glass artists in Australia, Tom Moore uses his glass artistry to meld plants, animals, and machines. His humorous and whimsical pieces carry an environmental message.
2014 Visiting ArtistsRead More
This artist and instructor from Portland, Oregon, won an international competition to become the first Minkoff Foundation 4Front Resident Artist. For more information on her work here, which involves creating glass art from casts of body parts.
An artist known for whimsical creations infused with humor, Richard Marquis is also known as a teacher. He's been a major force in the American Studio Glass movement for so long, he has not one but two lifetime achievement awards.
In the world of glass, certain areas of expertise pop up over and over again. Martin Janecky represents the Czechoslovakian wing. He started out trying to learn every technique he could master. Now he teaches those techniques.
Nancy Callan represents both the Seattle glass scene and the Italian traditions as popularized by Lino Tagliapietra. She and Katherine Gray have worked, and taught, together at some of the top glass institutions in the world.
2013 Visiting ArtistsRead More
Our first artist in residence developed a conceptual art installation based on the life of Adeline Myers, the 19th century hostess at one of the finest homes in town.
A big personality and a big player in developing the Canadian glass art scene, Donefer has drawn acclaim for everything from wearable art to amulet baskets.
A recognized master of flameworked glass, the Toso family has been in the glass business for seven centuries. A highlight of his visit was a chance to repair a work a Norfolk woman had purchased from him in Italy decades ago.
From motorcycle-riding hippy glassblower to the winner of a lifetime achievement award, Dreisbach brought to the Studio a first-rate talent and a lively enthusiasm.
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April Surgent studied glass production in Bornholm, Denmark as a teenager. In 2003, she received a scholarship to attend Pilchuck Glass School, where she learned cold-working and traditional cameo engraving techniques, studying with master Czech engraver and mentor Jiri Harcuba.
Brothers Einar and Jamex de la Torre were born in Guadalajara, Mexico. Jamex started flame-working glass in 1977, attended California State University at Long Beach, and received a bachelor of fine arts degree in sculpture in 1983. Einar started work with glass in 1980 while also attending California State University at Long Beach.
Miller's work is in the collections of the Corning Museum of Glass, the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, and the Museum of Glass, Tacoma. Miller operates his own studio, Ring of Fire Hot Glass, where his focus is blown sculpture. His large-scale recreations of diner and fast food staples are among his most popular works.
She has studied at both the Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle and the Pilchuck Glass School. In 1998, she was accepted as a member in the African-American Design Archive at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution in New York.
These internationally acclaimed glass artists graced our studios for a week of public demonstration. You can normally find them at the Pilchuck Glass School outside of Seattle, WA.