Glass art is a medium that people tend to overlook. But it’s a lot more than just chandeliers and stained glass. Inspired by the likes of Dale Chihuly and Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle, Salt Lakers founded the Glass Art Guild in 1998 to foster the art in our state. The group filled a practical need, as at the time there were no other hard-fired glass kilns in town except at the University of Utah.
Patrick Moore Gallery’s glass exhibit utilizes light as well as any venue in town: an inviting, open space to view works by guild members, more than two dozen local artists who use myriad methods besides just the kiln, torch and glassblowing tools. Dan Cummings is known for playful, oversize works such as glass sculptures of children at the 900 South TRAX stop.
Sarinda Jones plays with the planar quality of glass, adding brightly hued patterns to panes and plates (“Exhale” is pictured), and guild cofounder Kerry Transtrum mixes glass with other media as different as wood and brass and even film canisters to create unlikely sculptures.
Glass is an artistic medium that is uniquely capable of conveying a sense of lightness as well as intensity, but above all fragility. After all, glass is a succinct reminder of mortality, intimately tied to the measurement of time, whether it’s the shape of the hourglass or the sand from which glass originally arises. The show is raising funds for Guadalupe Schools.