I look back and see my last post was quite a while ago. March 2010? I dropped the blog for a while. Lots happened. A huge part: I kind of fell out of computer-land last summer. I started working as a demonstrating artist for the Corning Museum of Glass, onboard the Celebrity Eclipse. Internet was spotty. I didn't have a computer. I didn't have time, so I limited myself to short updates on Facebook and kind of drank in the whole experience. I travelled all over the place: England, Spain, France. Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Russia, Estonia, Denmark, Sweden, Finland...the Canary Islands...Madeira...Gibraltar...just everywhere. It was an incredible experience, and the chance to share glass with the world was so much fun. It's amazing when you get the chance to talk about something you are deeply passionate about - not just glass, but the very human values of craft and the handmade object - with thousands of people. We demonstrated both traditional and non-traditional glassblowing, talked about the science and technique and history, and basically tried to light up people with our enthusiasm and joy. I worked with some really extraordianry people, and i have so much more to say about it then I can begin to fit here.
I came home last fall. Some other things happened. I had a couple of shows, mostly group shows, one GREAT solo show in Seattle where I got a chance to debut some of the large scale graphite drawings i've been working on. I collaborated with artist Steve Ward, to some pretty synergistic effects, and am hoping to work on some more pieces. I curated two exhibitions: "Lacunae: the Art of Holes, Gaps and Voids" and "Steve Ward, Mare Nemeth, and Ben Sharp", a three person feature. I skiied a lot. I made hummus and tabhouli and drank homebrew and learned how to felt wool. I started some new bodies of work.
I'm headed back out again now, this time onboard the Celebrity Equinox. We're starting with a trans-Atlantic crossing, and then headed to the Azores, to Barcelona and Toulon and then across the sea to Florence and finally to Rome, where the ship will be based for the next four months. The itineraries are mostly Greece, Italy and Turkey. I finish up in September.
I hope to post more regularly here, but a lot depends on the ship, and how good of a signal I can pick up on the laptop. So no promises...but check back regularly. I hope to be able to share my adventures and keep you updated on what i'm making and experiencing and drawing and thinking about! It's such an incredible adventure and opportunity to get to share my passion for glass with the world.
In the meantime: be sure to check out Corning's website: http://www.cmog.org. It really is the greatest and largest glass museum in the world, and they have really taken on this incredible role of research, education, and artistry in promoting the material of glass to the world. I'm honored to be working with them. It's funny, I remember going to CMoG as a little kid, before I'd ever picked up a blowpipe or even thought about learning how to manipulate this wonderful molten material...i grew up in Buffalo, which is only a few hours from Corning in New York...amazing to find myself working with them again.
So much to say, I apologize for the condensed version. Check in with me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/fbx/?set=a.388741768185.170563.634883185#!/pages/Laurie-Kain-Glass/129963970404821