The show featured over 30 works
that include glass that has been fused in multiple color layers,
then carved, painted and fired in a kiln as well as glass that has
been cast, then carved, painted and fired.
There have been many articles written about the glasswork and the
show gained worldwide attention. Some of these articles are included
here in this website, under 'articles' on the left navigation bar.
The focus of the glass in the show was gesture, and how emotion and
meaning can be conveyed through simple gestures. Hands are used
as the conveyors of the gestures and most of the finished pieces
are hands in one form or another. Glass is the primary medium because
its transparency or translucence allows you to see what is under
the surface of the "skin". This allows the artist to convey
meaning both through the gesture itself and what she allows you
to see under the skin.
The pieces in the show
are the result of almost 4 years of experimentation and pushing
the limits of how glass has been used in the past. This applies
both to the painting and firing techniques used by Judy and Ruth
and to the carving techniques employed by Norm to create the shapes
is well known for expressing her art through projects in a wide
variety of media besides painting. The Dinner Party,
the project that catapulted her to international recognition in
the late 1970's, featured ceramic plates, Later works included quilts,
bronzes and pyrotechnics. She included a large stained glass installation
in her Holocaust Project several years ago.
Rainbow Shabbat, was 4 1/2 feet high by 16 feet wide. The glass
painting on the installation was created for the project by well
known stained glass artist Dorothy Maddy, prior to Maddy's passing
in 1991. This installation will also be a part of the show at the
information will be added here in a few days.