Friday, November 13, 2009

Art Quote of the Day for Nov. 13, 2009

"The progress of an artist is a continual self-sacrifice, a continual extinction of personality." -T.S. Eliot, Tradition and the Individual Talent, 1919

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Art Quote of the Day for Nov. 12, 2009

"Everything in creation has its appointed painter or poet and remains in bondage like the princess in the fairy tale 'til its appropriate liberator comes to set it free." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Art Quote of the Day for Nov. 11, 2009

"For me, painting is a way to forget life. It is a cry in the night, a strangled laugh." -Georges Rouault

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Art Quote of the Day for Nov. 10, 2009

"An artist is someone who produces things that people don't need to have but that he - for some reason - thinks it would be a good idea to give them." -Andy Warhol

Monday, November 9, 2009

Art Quote of the Day for Nov. 9, 2009

"No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist."
-Oscar Wilde

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Art Quote of the Day for Nov. 8, 2009

"The artist is the opposite of the politically minded individual, the opposite of the reformer, the opposite of the idealist. The artist does not tinker with the universe, he recreates it out of his own experience and understanding of life." -Henry Miller

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Flashback: Modern Glass Blowing Still Adheres to Ancient Traditions - Article

Article is by the American Collector Staff.

This photo essays shows the steps glass blowers took to create intricate hand-blown glass items (from bubble to goblet). It originally appeared in the February 1938 issue of American Collector magazine, a publication which ran from 1933-1948 and served antique collectors and dealers.

Although the gaffer and servitor seen in these pictures wear the clothes of today, they are actually following the same steps and using the same tolls that glass blowers have used for centuries. These pictures taken at the Steuben works of the Corning Glass Company, show the successive steps in making a piece of fine hand-blown glass. The tools, blow pipe, pontil rod, bench, tongs, and wooden paddles are practically the same as those used in making the rarest off-hand specimens of American glass.

The Start, Blowing the Bubble: Standing before the furnace, a glass bower has expanded the gather of molten glass on his blowpipe. When finished this will be the upper part the goblet.

Applying the Stem: Here the gaffer, seated at his bench and using his parrot shears, is steadying a gather of glass, as it is applied to the bulb with a pontil rod that will form the goblet stem.

Shaping The Stem: Using a steel fork, as he rolls his blow pipe back and forth on the arms of his bench, the gaffer is giving the goblet stem the desired form. The upper part of the goblet is still attached to the blow pipe and the stem design can be seen.

Forming the Foot: A second gather applied with the pontil has provided the material for the goblet foot. Here the gaffer, rotating his blow pipe back and forth on his bench arms, is shaping the foot with a palette of applewood. To prevent burning it is frequently dipped in water as the shaping progresses.

Atteching the Pontil Rod: Srem and foot having been formed and worked to the desired shape, the next step is to attach the pontil rod to the base. The gaffer is seated at his bench and his servitor, or helper, is seen holding the pontil rod in position as it is made fast to the foot.

Freed from the Blow Pipe: Here the goblet, firmly attached to the pontil rod, has just been removed by the gaffer from the lower end of the blow pipe by a sharp blow preparatory to forming the upper part or the bowl.

Trimming the Bowl: The goblet is now only attached to the punty rod. The gaffer is cutting away the excess glass with shears from the end the blow pipe was once attched preparatory to widening and shaping the bowl of the goblet. Just before this step the piece was reheated in the glory hole to make it soft enough to be easily worked.

Ready for the Lehr: The goblet is now made and the gaffer is freeing it from the pontil rod ashis servitor holds the fork by which the finished piece, still too hot to handle, will be taken to the annealing lehr for the gradual process of cooling. When cold the roughness where the pontil was once attached will be removed at a seraies of grinding and polishing wheels.

To read the original article online, click here.

Art Quote of the Day for Nov. 7, 2009

"What art offers is space - a certain breathing room for the spirit." -John Updike

Friday, November 6, 2009

Art Quote of the Day for Nov. 6, 2009

"The many great paintings of the world, all make the point as clear as possible: The soul cannot thrive in the absence of art. If you don't want the pleasure of art, you are not human; and if you are not human, you don't have a soul." -Moore on painting

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Art Quote of the Day for Nov. 5, 2009

"No amount of skillful invention can replace the essential element of imagination." -Edward Hopper

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Liechtenstein Museum Shows Glass and Porcelain from Two Private Collections

VIENNA.- Radiance and colour are the two elements that connect glass and porcelain, their motivation and motifs reflecting the spirit of the epochs – Baroque, Neoclassical and Biedermeier – in which they were created. A comprehensive assemblage of around 700 objects from the private collections of Christian Kuhn and Rudolf von Strasser provides rare insights into a fascinating aspect of these decorative arts. On exhibition at the Liechtenstein Museum in Vienna through 12 January, 2010.

Two private Viennese collections
With its mainly Bohemian Biedermeier glasses, the Kuhn Collection displays the rich variety and colourfulness of the art of glass, presenting veduta glasses together with cut and engraved glasses by renowned artists such as Kothgasser, Biemann or Egermann together with gems by unknown masters. The focus of the collection lies however on various kinds of stone glass with its impressive marbling. Rudolf von Strasser, known to professional circles as a collector of glass, here shows the complete holdings of Viennese porcelain from his collection. From the imaginative shapes of the Baroque to the ‘grotesques’ of the Hausmaler Ignaz Preissler, and the opulent gold relief decoration of the Neoclassical age to the delicate floral painting of the Biedermeier era, these fine porcelain objects provide not only a blaze of colour but also reflect the historical circumstances of the period in which they were made.

Two arts born of fire
The fascination of these two delicate and fragile materials – glass and porcelain – and their mysterious creation in the heat of the fire have a long history. In the early modern period they were objects of wonder in princely cabinets of curiosities. The Renaissance and Baroque produced graceful creations in glass, while the 18th century found its favourite material with the discovery of the arcanum, the formula enabling the production of genuine European porcelain. At the beginning of the 19th century, technical and scientific developments had led to close connections between the two materials. This is demonstrated by the juxtaposition of these two private collections and will constitute a focus of the exhibition. For example, it was not uncommon for porcelain painters to paint on glass and vice versa, resulting in an exchange of techniques and artistic knowledge.

Radiance and colour
Colour is a fundamental element of decoration with both materials. As early as the Baroque age, a strong palette of colours started to develop and become popular on porcelain, attaining perfection in the heyday of Neoclassicism.The Princely Collections embrace major European works of art spanning five centuries and are among the world’s most important private collections of art today. The holdings date back to the 17th century. Like many other collections of this period, it is rooted in the baroque ideal of engaged princely patronage of the arts. For generations, the House of Liechtenstein has remained true to this ideal and systematically extended its collections. An active purchasing policy results in a number of spectacular new acquisitions, thereby making an impressive statement. Visit :

Art Quote of the Day for Nov. 4, 2009

"There is no such thing as talent. What they call talent is nothing but the capacity for doing continuous work in the right way." -Winslow Homer

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Christmas Etched Coaster Class

Christmas Etched Coaster Class

These coasters are a fun and elegant holiday decoration that your family can enjoy for years to come. The coasters are 3.5" x 3.5" beveled Edge Square Coaster w/ plastic feet. There are 9 different Christmas stencils you can choose from.
Cost: $20, which includes the set of 4 glass coasters, stencils and etching supplies.
Special Promotion: Sign up for both the Thanksgiving and Christmas Ecthed Coaster Classes and save $5.
Space is limited, so sign up early by going to You can aslo call us at (608) 467-6379 or email us at
For more information about this class or any of other seasonal classes, please visit our website at

Special Seasonal Class from Maatwerk Studio - Thanksgiving Etched Coaster Class

Thanksgiving Etched Coaster Set

These coasters are a fun and elegant holiday decoration that your family can enjoy for years to come. The coasters are 3.5" x 3.5" beveled Edge Square Coaster w/ plastic feet. Cost: $20, which includes the set of 4 glass coasters, stencils and etching supplies. Classes will be held on the following Saturdays in November: November 14th, 21st and 28th.
Special Promotion: Sign up for both the Thanskgiving and Christmas Estched Coaster Classes
and pay only $35 - a savings of $5.
Spaces are limited in these special holiday classes, so sign up now by going to our website at You can also call us at (608) 467-6379 or email us at

Art Quote of the Day for Nov. 3, 2009

"Fantasy, abandoned by reason, produces impossible monsters; united with it, she is the mother of the arts and the origin of marvels." -Francisco Goya (1746-1828)

Monday, November 2, 2009

Art Quote of the Day for Nov. 2, 2009

"...the object of art is not to reproduce reality, but to create a reality of the same intensity."
-Alberto Giacometti

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Art Quote of the Day for Nov. 1, 2009

"We live in a beautiful and orderly world, not in a chaos without norms,even though this is how it sometimes appears." -M. C. Escher