We had a chance to talk with Heller Gallery's Vice President, Michael Heller, while we were at SOFA 2011 in Chicago. He's been in the craft world for a long time and has seen the studio glass movement grow and mature into the art form it is today, evidenced by breathtaking displays of glass work in Heller's booth and around the show. See what he has to say.
Glass artists Preston Singletary and Dante Marioni go way back. Friends since high school, Marioni introduced Singletary to glass and they worked together during the early part of their careers. More than 30 years later, they were asked to collaborate by Blue Rain Gallery on a new body of work.
One of my favorite hostesses, a fine-art photographer, has a wildly eclectic mix of goblets, flutes, martini, and other glasses, and if you party at her house, you get to choose your glass from among an amazing array. If nothing else, you'll break the ice by talking to other guests about their choices.