At the end of March, a team of glassmakers from The Corning Museum of Glass took the Mobile Hot Shop to St. Petersburg, Fla., for the annual Glass Art Society Conference. This three-day conference attracts between 1,000 and 2,000 glass artists and takes place in a different city every year. The Museum will often bring a mobile glass shop as an additional venue for artists invited to demonstrate at the conference.
Of course, for a city to host a GAS conference, they must have a vibrant glass scene and St. Pete has certainly become a hot spot for contemporary glass. I was amazed by how much there was to see at venues across the town. Glass studios like Zen Glass Studio, Duncan McClellan Gallery, and the Morean Arts Center have set the stage for the burgeoning popularity of glass here by creating spaces that support local collectors and generate regional interest in the material.Read more →