GlassLab on Governors Island: Typography in glass, more drunken vessels and variations on the common glass pitcher

Things started heating up at the second weekend of GlassLab on Governors Island, with designers Helen Lee, James Victore, Leon Ransmeier, and Mike Perry forming their ideas in 2300 degree hot glass, despite the near triple digit temperatures in New York City.

Helen Lee works on a glass vessel at GlassLab on Governors Island

Designer Helen Lee works on her design for a vessel with typographical character form with gaffer Chris Rochelle

Designer and glassblower Helen Lee’s design session was a blend of glass and typography. Using the shape of parentheses and brackets as a starting point, Helen and the GlassLab team formed glass vessels that if cut in half, would show the form of the 2D characters.

Designer Helen Lee sketches her design for GlassLab

Helen Lee sketches her design

Helen’s unique ideas for approaching the material included creating vessels with cursive script forms. On Saturday, the glassmakers created a clear glass vessel with cursive forms spelling out the word “man.” Two additional vessels in Sunday’s follow up session, “pen” and “ship,” completing the three-part “penmanship” series in glass.

James Victore with a drunken vessel made at GlassLab on Governors Island

James Victore with one of his drunken vessels

James Victore returned to GlassLab to continue working on his design for drunken vessels. James’ design concept pushed what he considered to be a “perfect” vessel. Playing with form, including a vase that he noted could resemble a sitting gopher, James took the opportunity to experiment and “seek the organic, imperfect, and dangerous in glass.”

Leon Ransmeier's design for a pitcher is blown into a plaster mold

Leon Ransmeier watches the gaffers blow hot glass into a plaster mold for his pitcher design

Leon Ransmeier came to GlassLab prepared and ready to make a series of nine glass pitchers using a plaster mold. For this series, he wanted to investigate the various ways of interacting with a common object, attaching the handle a different way on each clear glass pitcher.

Eric Meek, Adam Holtzinger and Chris Rochelle attach a handle to designer Leon Ransmeier's pitcher design

Eric Meek, Adam Holtzinger and Chris Rochelle attach a handle to designer Leon Ransmeier's pitcher design

After some trial and error, the glassmakers abandoned the mold in favor of shaping the hot glass by hand. Leon took it all in stride and was amazed at the process. “It’s about experimentation, not production,” he said.

Mike Perry continued to explore color in glass on Sunday, designing a vessel with two halves of bright green and yellow.

Designer Mike Perry documents Eric Meek working on his glass design at GlassLab

Designer Mike Perry snaps a photo of his colorful vessel design

See the full GlassLab on Governors Island schedule for upcoming designer sessions with Peter Buchanan-Smith, Inna Alesina, Paul Sahre, Abbott Miller, David Weeks, and Georgie Stout.

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