Posts Tagged ‘Museum of Glass’

Ginny Ruffner in the Hot Shop at Museum of Glass

ginnyFrom March 29-April 2 Ginny Ruffner, internationally-known glass artist, returns to the Museum of Glass  Hot Shop to investigate a different phenomenon, the ways which glass art can intersect with the growing world of virtual and augmented reality. Ruffner will experiment with creating glass lenses designed to fit in VR (virtual reality) devices like Google Cardboard, an inexpensive cardboard holder which allows viewers to use their own phones to create virtual reality experiences. Ruffner lives and works in Seattle, and her intricate glass sculptures have influenced the field of flameworking worldwide. Ruffner’s Residency will be available for sponsorship through the Fuel Their Fire online auction. 

Museum of Glass Announces Free Admission September 24

According to a press release issued today, the Museum of Glass “will open its doors free of charge on Saturday, September 24, 2016, as part of  Smithsonian magazine’s 12th annual Museum Day Live! On this day only, participating museums across the United States emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington DC-based facilities, which offer free admission every day, and open their doors for free to those who download a Museum Day Live! ticket.”

Calendar of Art Walks and Events Through September 18

Third Thursday

Edmonds Art Walk is from 5 –

Third Thursday in Kent 4 – 7pm,

Seattle Design Center Art Walk is from 5 – 9pm. at 5701 Sixth Ave.

Tacoma Art Mingle when Tacoma museums offer free admission and galleries are open from 5 – 8pm.

Upper Queen Anne Art Walk is from 3 – 9pm and takes place between the 1500 and 2400 blocks on Queen Anne Ave. N.


September 15 – 25

Schack-toberfest. Glass Pumpkins and Harvest Art Work and Glassblowing Demonstrations. Schack Art Center, 2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett. Visit


September 16 – 18

The Greater Gig Harbor Open Studio Tour, 10am – 5pm. The tour includes artists in Gig Harbor, South Kitsap, Fox Island, and Key Peninsula areas. Visit


September 17

mogMuseum of Glass Red Hot Auction and Gala is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year. The event features silent and live auctions, a gourmet dinner, and a Hot Shop after party with artist Ethan Stern. Tickets and signature goblets are available for purchase online. The Museum’s largest fundraiser supports the museum’s wide array of exhibitions, Visiting Artists, military outreach, and educational programming.


September 17 – 18

Edmonds Art Studio Tour, 10am-5pm. Visit

Brendan Fernandes Visiting Artist at Museum of Glass

mogYou can watch Brendan Fernandes complete his first Visiting Artist Residency at Museum of Glass  from August 31 through September 4. Last year, The Huffington Post included Brendan Fernandes on their list of "17 Visual Artists You Should Know in 2016," and now Museum of Glass visitors have the chance to see the artist working.

Museum of Glass is open on Monday, September 5, with summer hours running through September 11, after which the Museum will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays through Memorial Day 2017. Active-duty military families still have time to take advantage of free admission to MOG through Labor Day. Museum of Glass participates in the Blue Star Museums program, which provides families, with up to five guests, free access to museums throughout the nation with their military ID. The museum will be open from 10 am to 5 pm on Labor Day. Featured Artist Jason Christian will be working in the Hot Shop and all galleries will be open.

Calendar of Art Walks and Events Through July 24

Third Thursday

Edmonds Art Walk is from 5 –,

Third Thursday in Kent 4 – 7pm,

Seattle Design Center Art Walk is from 5 – 9pm. at 5701 Sixth Ave.

Tacoma Art Mingle when Tacoma museums offer free admission and galleries are open from 5 – 8pm.

Upper Queen Anne Art Walk is from 3 – 9pm and takes place between the 1500 and 2400 blocks on Queen Anne Ave. N.

Fourth Saturday

Bremerton Charleston Arts District Artwalk, noon – 8pm


July 21

From 5-8pm Museum of Glass  presents Night Blow, a lively evening of glassblowing, performances, and music. MOG’s first Night Blow of the summer will include at no charge:

  • Fiery glassmaking demonstrations by Dan Friday and Courtney Branam in the Hot Shop
  • Music by Soundabout DJ
  • Exciting performances by IGNITION fire troupe outside on the plaza
  • Food by The Social Bar and Grill and wine and beer by X Group Catering

Claire Cowie and Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen at MOG

mogVisiting artists at the Museum of Glass Hot Shop  are Claire Cowie from July 6 through 10 and Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen from July 13 through 17. In partnership with Pilchuck Glass School, first-time Visiting Artist Claire Cowie will continue developing her series of sculptures based on man-made cairns. Willenbrink-Johnsen, finds her creative spark through traveling, observing animals, and exploring the outdoors. Image by Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen.

Preston Singletary at the Museum Glass May 11 – 15

Preston Singletary returns to the Museum of Glass  Hot Shop from May 11 through 15. Singletary is preparing for his second exhibition at Museum of Glass: Raven and the Box of Daylight, the Tlingit story of Raven and his transformation of the world, opening at MOG in May 2018.

Calendar of Art Walks and Events Through March 27

Fourth Saturday

Bremerton Charleston  Arts District Walk from noon to 8pm


March 24

Frye Art Museum in Seattle Spring first of five-part series Multi-faceted World of Native Art lecture by Miranda Belarde-Lewis.


March 26

Museum of Glass in Tacoma’s annual Slide Cook-Off from 6:30 to 10:30 pm. Admission charges. Burgers from six Puget Sound restaurants and vote for your favorite; enjoy beer from Pacific Brewing & Malting Co. and Gig Harbor Brewing Company, as well as cocktails by Heritage Distilling; dance to the music of The Dusty 45s; and watch a fiery glassblowing demonstration by John Miller.

2016 Visiting Artists Series Starts January 7 at Museum of Glass

mogThe First Visiting Artists of 2016 at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma: Radcliffe Bailey & Fred Wilson. Atlanta-based artist Radcliffe Bailey will complete his first Visiting Artist residency at Museum of Glass from January 7 through 10. Fred Wilson returns for his second residency from January 13 through 17.

Museum of Glass Red Hot Auction September 26

Museum of Glass Red Hot Auction Gala is September 26. Tickets are still available. Every year, the Red Hot Auction & Gala features a limited number of unique table centerpieces that include a set of hand-crafted glass tumblers and a decanter. The 2015 centerpieces, which will be auctioned throughout the evening, are inspired by the shape of  honeycombs and beehives, and the decanters included will each be filled with Glass Distillery’s honey-flavored Nectar Vodka. Along with the centerpieces, a limited number of beautiful goblets, featuring honey-dipper stems, are available to purchase online or at Red Hot.

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Fueling the Fire at the Museum of Glass with Webb & O’Neill

mogMuseum of Glass  in Tacoma (MOG) will wrap up August with two first-time “Fuel Their Fire III Visiting Artists.” Sculptor Dan Webb will collaborate with the Museum’s Hot Shop Team from August 19 through 23, with Artist Piper O’Neill completing her residency the following week, August 26 through 30. Shown: Dan Webb, Fortress, image courtesy of the artist.

James Mongrain in the Hot Shop at Museum of Glass

mogInternationally renowned artist James Mongrain returns to the  Museum of Glass in Tacoma to work on a new commissioned project from Wednesday, August 12, through Sunday, August 16. During his residency,, Mongrain will create modern interpretations of 18th and 19th  century Venetian glass. These pieces, commissioned by the George R. Stroemple Collection, a Stroemple/Stirek Collaboration, will be featured in an upcoming exhibition at the museum.

Chihuly Venetians Showing at Museum of Glass July 25

mogchihulyOn view at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma from July 25, 2015  through January 4, 2016 are Dale Chihuly’s own contemporary versions of Italian Art Deco Venetian sculptures. The exhibition consists of 19 Putti Venetians, spacious and ambitious vessels, each with hot-formed figurative sculptures of putti (cherubs) and mythological creatures included in the design;  9 Venetians (without putti); 42 Piccolo Venetians, the smaller but no less spirited vessels originally based on traditional Venetian themes; and 3 Bottlestoppers, monumental vessels inspired by perfume bottles.

Visiting Artist John Miller at Tacoma’s Museum of Glass

moghotshopJohn Miller, former staff member at Pilchuck Glass School, will be at the Museum of Glass in the Hot Shop from June 17 – 21.  Currently an associate professor and head of the glass department at Illinois State University in Bloomington-Normal, Miller exhibits internationally and frequently tours the country lecturing and demonstrating with hot glass. Although he has experimented with many different techniques and materials, his focus is blown and hot-worked glass sculpture. During his residency, Miller will create works of art for a selection of his current series, such as High Volume and Hot Stuff, as well as a new car hood ornament piece in partnership with LeMay  – America’s Car Museum.

Visiting Artists bring floral projects to Museum of Glass

mogVisiting Artist duo Hanne Enemark and Louis Thompson  will be at work in the Hot Shop at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma from April 8 through 12. The UK-based artists  will collaborate  to produce a series of glass pieces that investigate themes of the enchanted garden. The works of art created during their residency will be exhibited at two European venues: one in London, England, and the other in Maastricht in the Netherlands. Plan your visit to see the museum’s Visiting Artists or tune into the residencies via the Hot Shop live stream.