Works from Chrysler Museum of Art Glass Studio Come to Piedmont Arts

Get fired up about glass from Chrysler Museum of Art Glass Studio

Chital, Charlotte Potter
“Fired Up!,” an exhibit featuring artwork born of molten glass, minerals, and fire by instructors and staff at the Chrysler Museum of Art Glass Studio will open to the public on Saturday, July 25 at Piedmont Arts.

The cutting-edge artists from Chrysler Museum of Art Glass Studio create contemporary designs using traditional glass working techniques.

Glass Studio Manager Charlotte Potter says the Glass Studio team is excited to exhibit a huge variety of approaches to working with glass at Piedmont Arts. The exhibit will feature neon, hand sculpted figurative pieces, blow works, fuse pieces, flame worked objects, video and even photographic techniques on glass. 

“These accomplished artists have a large depth of knowledge of ancient craft practices and bring this understanding to glass,” said Potter. “Glass is a complex and ubiquitous medium that is ever present in this highly technological time.”

“I think our guests will be blow away by the skill and artistry seen in the works from the Glass Studio,” said Piedmont Arts Director of Exhibition Heidi Pinkston. “Not often is this caliber of glass seen on such a large scale. It will be a true can’t miss experience at Piedmont Arts.”

Since 2011, Chrysler Museum of Art Glass Studio has offered daily demonstrations, visiting artists, a full range of classes, and glass art as performance at their state-of-the-art facility in Norfolk, Va.

The Chrysler Museum of Art, which along with Piedmont Arts is a Statewide Partner of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, has one of the finest collections for a museum of its size anywhere in the world. The museum also houses one of the 
largest and most comprehensive collections of glass in the world, with more than 10,000 glass objects spanning 3,000 years. A collection of such magnitude and depth attracts scholars, artists, students, and general enthusiasts of glass alike.

“Fired Up! Works from the Chrysler Museum of Art Glass Studio” will be on display at Piedmont Arts July 25 – October 3, 2015.

“Unbreakable,” featuring glass works by Portland, Ore.-based artist Robert Cappelli and “Local Glass,” highlighting the talents of glass artists from Martinsville-Henry County will also be on display during this time.

Get Over It, Robert Cappelli

Related Events:

Friday, July 24 • 5:30 pm • Piedmont Arts
Piedmont Arts members, prospective members and guests are invited to attend a reception in honor of the exhibits, “Fired Up! Works from the Chrysler Museum of Art Glass Studio,” “Unbreakable: Glass by Robert Cappelli,” and “Local Glass." Complimentary wine and light refreshments will be served. Gallery talk at 6 pm. Please RSVP attendance to 276.632.3221 or online here.

Fired Up! Family Day
Saturday, August 15, 2015 • 2 – 4 pm • Piedmont Arts
See hands-on demonstrations from glass artist Ryan Gothrup in his mobile glass blowing studio and create a one-of-a-kind glass picture frame with artist Lynn Berry. All ages welcome. Snacks provided. Admission Free.


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