The Glass Gathering Art Show (GGAS) is an annual, one-day exhibition of glass artwork in cold, warm and hot glass categories. Its mission is to support and encourage the growth of artists working in glass. It provides a professionally executed and adjudicated artistic forum devoted to glass as a medium.
The GGAS is divided into two events occurring simultaneously; a juried-entry division, and a non-juried-entry exhibition of glass art works. Both divisions are viewed and evaluated by a guest juror with ribbons given for first and second place in each category. This year we are pleased to have as our judge Marissa Hershon, Curatorial Assistant for Decorative Arts, Crafts and Design at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. Cash prizes are awarded for Best in Show, Technical Merit and People's Choice. The fee for participation is $35 for Glass Gathering members, and $75 for non-members which includes a Glass Gathering membership for 2018. Join us as we celebrate glass art!
Eligibility and Media: All submitted work must be original, represent teapots, either functional or sculptural, and be completed within the last three years. This exhibit is open to all artists who work in clay. Each piece must be at least 60% fired clay, weigh no more than 25 lbs and be no larger than 24” in any direction.
Prizes: All accepted entries will be eligible for 1st place “Purchase Award” and 2nd Place “Memorial Award”.
The 2018 ”Memorial Award” will be given in honor of Robin Hopper. The winning work will be featured on TEA+ART and C.A.M.E.O. websites during the month. Cash Awards are: $1,000 for 1st place “Purchase Award” and $500 for 2nd place “Memorial Award”. Both winning teapots will be added to CAMEO’s permanent museum collection.
The winning artists will receive the award amount even if the winning teapot is priced higher. The winning artists are paid the full amount of the award. TEAplusART foregoes their percentage on all prize awards.
On , Visual Arts Alliance will be given a private demonstration of Italian glass blowing by DIck Moiel and Kathy Poeppel of Houston Studio Glass. Dick and Kathy will explain the art of Italian off hand or free hand blowing as done in Murano, Italy for hundreds of years. Sitting on a gaffer's bench, they will work the glass while hot and demonstrate the process of gathering, blowing and punting the glass. They will finish by putting the piece in the annealing oven or kiln. There the temperature is stabilized and over a period of hours the glass is brought down to room temperature.
Dick Moiel and Kathy Poeppel's interest began with collecting. After taking their first glass blowing class in 1994, they built a basic hot shop and began melting glass the following year. The couple blows both decorative and functional objects during climate friendly months (October through April.) They continue to take more classes during the summer months. The retired physician and his PA/RN wife are nationally known in glass blowing circles.
Many of Dick and Kathy's pieces will be on display as well as for sale. Houston Studio Glass is located at 610 Jackson Hill, Houston, 77007.
Visual Arts Alliance (VAA) is an educational organization for serious practitioners of the visual arts and interested members of the general public. Founded in Houston, TX in 1981, VAA is an all-volunteer-run, 501(c)3, nonprofit organization. In addition to educational and recreational programs, VAA also produces professionally juried art exhibitions providing opportunities for members and non-members to have their work professionally judged and viewed by the general public. For membership details and more information, visit www.VisualArtsAlliance.