Amber Cowan: Re/Collection
June 24 – October 8, 2017
Reception on Saturday, June 24 from 2:00 – 5:00 pm with a 3:00 pm gallery talk by the artist. Reception included with admission fee. Gallery talk is free.
You could say that Philadelphia glass artist, Amber Cowan takes shards of nostalgia and reanimates them into intricate, weighty, abstract sculptures. She looks for raw materials in old glass scrapyards, warehouses, thrift shops, and antique stores. She collects recycled vintage pressed glassware like candy dishes, dotted vases, and cups--the kind you used to see in your grandma’s house on the curio table or dresser or in the kitchen. Cowan collects these once familiar and cherished, now discarded and forgotten objects that hold stories all their own. Using flamework and other hot-sculpting methods, she creates thousands of new opulent shapes and arranges them into ornate sculptures with new meaning and new stories. The glass comes from various old American glass factories that are now defunct, but she is drawn to remnants of those companies, sometimes searching for specific companies or colors like rose, sherbert, and mint.
Amber Cowan: Re/Collection exhibition will feature old and new flameworked glass creations. Cowan’s intricate vessels and sculptures are comprised of a multitude of recycled vintage glass specimens, all fused together into spectacular one-of-a-kind art objects. Her ongoing practice involving American pressed glass explores the history of U.S. glassware manufacturing while giving new life to reclaimed material.
Amber Cowan is an artist and educator living in Philadelphia. She is a faculty member of the glass department of Tyler School of Art, where she received her MFA in 2011 in Glass/Ceramics. She has taught at schools around the country including The Pilchuck Glass School, Penland School of Crafts and The Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass. Cowan was the recipient of the 2014 Rakow Commission from The Corning Museum of Glass and her work is in the collections of The RISD Museum and The Shanghai Museum of Glass. She has had solo exhibitions at Heller Gallery in New York and The Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco.
Museum Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Thursday 5:00 – 9:00 pm