All posts by Michelle Reynolds

Object of the Week – Untitled white and pink vessel

Sonja Blomdahl has been working in glass for over forty years. Her vessels are based on classical traditional forms, symmetrical in shape with clean, spare lines. A specialist in the incalmo, or double bubble, glassblowing technique, she layers different colors of glass to create rich hues that shift in intensity as light moves through them. … Continue reading Object of the Week – Untitled white and pink vessel

Object of the Week – The Juggler of My Heart in Person

Ginny Ruffner is an internationally known artist based in Seattle who creates works in a variety of media including painting, metalworking, and glass. Ruffner received her MFA from the University of Georgia in 1975. Her glass sculptures helped popularize the field of lampworked glass art worldwide. In fact, Ruffner is credited as introducing the use … Continue reading Object of the Week – The Juggler of My Heart in Person

Object of the Week – Reconstruction of Pluto and Persephone

In ancient Greek mythology, Persephone was the goddess of vegetation and was abducted by Hades, the ruler of the underworld. Ancient Romans adopted her cult. In this work, Nancy Mee takes the Greek and Roman myths and uses them to examine contemporary ideas regarding feminine beauty. Transferring photographs of the Baroque sculpture of the abduction … Continue reading Object of the Week – Reconstruction of Pluto and Persephone

Object of the Week: Greengage Plum

Joey Kirkpatrick and Flora C. Mace developed their now widely recognizable large fruit sculptures to reflect ideas of abundance, nature, and the rhythm of life.  “We needed a symbol; we needed a symbol of the fulfillment of life and the expected year-in-and-year-out of that symbol,” said Mace in an interview with Lloyd E. Herman for the … Continue reading Object of the Week: Greengage Plum

Object of the Week – “I Receive a Great Blessing from the Sun and the Moon: I Will Be an Artist and Walk the Path of Beauty”

Cappy Thompson first began working with glass when she assisted in a small glass studio in Olympia, Washington. When she moved back to Seattle in the early 1980s, she was invited to begin teaching and creating work at Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood. There she became interested in techniques for painting stained-glass windows and glass … Continue reading Object of the Week – “I Receive a Great Blessing from the Sun and the Moon: I Will Be an Artist and Walk the Path of Beauty”

Object of the Week – Baby Face

“I consider myself an African-American Feminist and environmental artist. My approach to producing art is environmentally and politically infused: neither waste humanity nor the gifts of nature. I am primarily a mixed media sculptor who uses discarded materials. My art draws upon relics from the African Diaspora. The discarded materials represent how people of African … Continue reading Object of the Week – Baby Face

Object of the Week – Self Portrait (1969)

Milton Simons was an important Northwest African American artist from the 1940s until his death in 1973. In addition to his skills as a painter, Simons was an educator, poet, dancer, and noted musician/composer. Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Simons’ work reflected his varied cultural backgrounds. As a young adult he won a national … Continue reading Object of the Week – Self Portrait (1969)

Object of the Week – Buffalo Horse Medicine

The Apsáalooke people have enduring relationships with horses. Paraded at the annual Crow Fair Celebration and other special events, horses adorned in beaded regalia demonstrate their value and importance to the Apsáalooke people. In Buffalo Horse Medicine Apsáalooke artist Kevin Red Star depicts horses that are an important breed for buffalo hunting. Red Star signifies … Continue reading Object of the Week – Buffalo Horse Medicine

An Interview with RYAN! Feddersen

Opening February 1, 2020,  The Naturalist & The Trickster: Audubon/RYAN! explores themes related to animals, environmentalism, and conservation. The exhibition features works by RYAN! Feddersen including a large-scale mural from the Coyote Now series and a selection of recent glass vessels created during an artist residency at the Museum of Glass. Feddersen’s work will be … Continue reading An Interview with RYAN! Feddersen

Object of the Week – Shepherdess and Sheep

  When thinking about French landscapes, the vivid colors and rich textures used by Impressionists (1870-1890) are usually the first that come to mind.  These artists, however, were not the first to experiment and break out of the rigid French approach to landscape in the nineteenth century. Eclipsed in popularity by their successors, artists of … Continue reading Object of the Week – Shepherdess and Sheep