The plastic bag at the top is made of 350 typical bags - the average number used by a person during one year.
The reusable bags were made by students from discarded fabric swatches. Each cloth bag is estimated to replace 1000 plastic bags.
|Jim, Robin, and Chris|
Jim and I spent most of the day looking at the displays, along with Jon. We took breaks to visit with Chris, and had lunch at the Billy Goat Tavern. We watched part of the Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Roadshow. But mostly we looked at the artwork. At the end of the day, we gave Chris a lift to Dave and Joyce's house, and enjoyed pizza with them, and with Jon & Laura and Paul & Rachelle (and two delightful little boys).
SOFA stands for "Sculpture Objects Functional Art." We didn't see much Function in most of the pieces we admired, but we did see lots of beautiful and lovely and interesting pieces. Here are some of my favorites.
I love the colors in this piece by Lesley Nolan, and the sense of happiness and camaraderie:
|Lesley Nolan - Memories of the Dance|
Fused glass panel
Marc Petrovic displayed a number of wonderful sculpted glass birds. He had a video running in his booth, showing how he made the birds - amazing work.
Sculpted glass bird
Claire Brewster cut these birds were cut out of old maps:
Hand cut map
Courtney Timmermans had several pieces made with air rifle BBs, which I found fascinating. The texture appealed to me; I wanted to reach out and pet the bear (I restrained myself).
|Courtney Timmermans - Urban Herd: Bear|
Air rifle BBs, cast resin, mixed media
I noted that this sculpture is by Marta Klonowska, but I neglected to record a title. Apparently Klonowska is known for canine figures; I'm guessing this fellow is a fox!
Sculpture - Glass on metal framework
These two pieces I liked for their texture and color. The first piece is by Michael Behrens.
|Michael Behrens - Seaforms 2012|
Kiln cast glass
And the second is by Toots Zynsky; the texture on this was marvelous (and wouldn't this be a delicious colorway for yarn?).
Fused and thermo formed color glass threads
This piece by Toland Sand caught the light so beautifully:
Dichroic glass sculpture
Kirra Galleries sponsored several artists that impressed us. We also were able to chat with the artists, who were delightful (love those Australian accents). Harriet Schwarzrock created these glass pieces:
Glass and stainless steel
Rob Wynne showed us how he makes the designs on his glass bowls. Basically, there is a layer of glass and then a layer of iridescent metal. He covers parts of that metal with vinyl (the parts he wants to remain iridescent), and sandblasts the rest away. What remains is the colored glass and the iridescent design. (Of course, it's much more involved than this explanation - and quite amazing.) (Wynne also happened to be the demonstrating artist when we stopped to watch the Corning Roadshow.)
Glass and surface decoration
And look at these pieces by Richard Ritter. I wanted to touch these, too (I refrained).
|Richard Ritter - Les Pommes Verre|
Blown, etched glass and murrini
I have no idea who created this owl - we couldn't find a name anywhere - and frankly, we thought the face was a bit weird. Still, it is an owl, so I snapped a quick photo (actually, I think Jim took the photo; it was mounted too high for me!):
Last but not least - I think this is my second favorite piece - a sculpture by Giuseppe Palumbo. I love the whimsy in these sheep!
|Giuseppe Palumbo - All Together Now|