From the Precipice series
by Leah Wingfield and Steve Clements
The work of Leah Wingfield and Steve Clements has evolved from glass blowing to collaborative sculpting and casting. This photo is a detail from a work in their Precipice series. In the series, they explore the impact of wind, both as a welcome breath of fresh air and as a destructive force. They comment in their website that when two people are on a precipice together, the impact of that wind is diminished.
Ikebana Inspiration (2016)
by John Littleton and Kate Vogel
Their choice of Shakespearean couple was Romeo and Juliet. And the quote that spoke to them:
"This bud of love by summer's ripening breath,
May prove a beauteous flower when next we meet."
Kate Vogel and John Littleton have been a team in life and art since 1979. They began their collaboration in the North Carolina studio of John's father Harvey Littleton, himself a glass artist of acclaim. They chose Rosalind and Orlando from As You Like It as their couple, along with this beautiful quote:
"No sooner met but they looked, no sooner looked but they loved, no sooner loved but they sighed, no sooner sighed but they asked one another the reason, no sooner knew the reason but they sought the remedy, and in these degrees they made a pair of stairs to the marriage."
|By Chrstine Bothwell and Robert Bender|
The couple's collaboration grew out of their work in different art forms. While Bothwell has always been a glass artist, Bender spent 20 years illustrating children's books. He became a glass artist in this own right after assisting Bothwell with her work.
Helena and Demetrius from A Midsummer Night's Dream were Bothwell and Bender's selection. The quote:
"Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,
And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind."
|By Kelly O'Dell and Raven Skyriver|
Their Shakespearean selection was Pericles and Thaisa from Pericles, Prince of Tyre. I have to admit to never having heard of this play. But the quote could not be more apt:
"To me he seems like diamond to glass."
By Jenny Pohlman and Sabrina Knowles
Shakespearean couple: Biron and Rosaline
from Love's Labour Lost
Kudos as well to Imagine Museum for participating in the celebration. It was just icing on the cake of my first visit to this amazing museum.
Next up in this blog: Karen LaMonte's "Floating World" exhibit now on display at the museum.