‘Festival of Fire and Ice’ MOG set to welcome winter with fourth annual event

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What is icier or fierier than glass? Like ice, glass has a crystalline nature that gives it a magical interplay with light. This crystalline nature, however, also makes glass almost as brittle as ice. Yet, glass is akin to fire because it is made molten and worked into new form through the agency of heat and flame.

For the past four years, including this one, the Museum of Glass has been celebrating the coming of winter with its Festival of Fire and Ice. The festival is a multi-day, winter-themed series of events – running from Nov. 15 through Dec. 31 – that marks the passage into the wonderland of the winter holidays in grand style. Through it all, MOG’s skilled hot shop team and a succession of visiting artists will be working away, hammer and tongs.

Personally, I can think of few things cozier than to spend a winter’s evening seated in the warmth of MOG’s hot shop watching the talented artisans ply their trade. (Are you allowed to have hot cocoa in the hot shop?)

This year, members of the hot shop team will busy themselves with the creation of arctic (and Antarctic) animals like penguins and polar bears. As the team works, footage of these creatures in their icy environment will roll on the big monitors in the hot shop. These segments in the museum will be something akin to a multimedia arts performance. The “Fire and Ice Demonstrations” will take place Dec. 22 and Dec. 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

 

During much of the Festival of Fire and Ice, three visiting artists will enjoy a stint in the hot shop.

 

David Walters, Nov. 23-25

A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Walters moved to Seattle to work in Dale Chihuly’s glass works, which he continues to do. He has also worked with the great Venetian master of glass Lino Tagliapietra, who is known in these parts through his affiliation with the Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Wash. Walters is known for painted enamel on glass that gives his work an intricate, story-telling power. His whimsical yet elegant vessels are decorated with characters from fairy tales and children’s’ stories. Use of these characters gives the vessels and forms a familiar presence and cultural salience. In a quick glance at Walters’ catalogue, you may encounter characters from “Alice in Wonderland,” like the Queen of Hearts, the White Rabbit, Humpty Dumpty or Cheshire Cat. Pinocchio drives a glass hot rod. Elaborately detailed scenes decorate glass skateboards.

 

Megan Stelljes, Nov. 28 to Dec. 2

Stelljes was voted as the Artists’ Choice award winner at MOG’s 2017 Red Hot Gala. This recognition included a five-day residency at MOG. Stelljes is quite familiar with MOG’s Hot Shop, as she is one of the Hot Shop Heroes program instructors. Her style and work are guided by her deep love of color and an interest in reinterpreting commonplace objects to find deeper hidden meaning. She uses her work to explore her own values and emotions that are constantly influenced by new climates and changing social scenes. Stelljes has been working on a series of glass fruits combined with neon with a pop art sensibility.

 

Erika Sanada, Dec. 5-9

Sanada’s early inspirations stem from characters of horror films she experienced as a child growing up in Japan. After working as a commercial illustrator and a movie studio makeup artist, Sanada moved to California, where she received her MFA in sculpture. She has shown work in several galleries, and has been included in numerous publications. Sanada is the winner of the Museum’s Grand Prize Coney Award from the 2017 Red Hot Gala. She was selected by a panel of three jurors from a field of more than 50 artists. Her fascinating, cute n’ creepy cats, pigs and dogs are wonderfully shaded with subtle color.

 

Additionally, the ongoing Preston Singletary exhibit “Raven and the Box of Daylight” resonates with some of the winter holiday themes of the birth of light.

 

Following is a full schedule of the events at the Festival of Fire and Ice, from the November third Thursday still life sketching to the making of “cone head” party hats on New Year’s Eve. MOG is pulling out all the stops for visitors to celebrate the winter holidays in style.

 

Schedule of events

 

Nov. 15, 5-8 p.m. Third Thursday

Still Life Sketching: Get into a thankful mood by drawing a seasonal cornucopia. Reflect and join Museum of Glass educators in making still-life drawings.

 

Glassmaking Demonstrations: Students from Hilltop Artists in Residence will provide glassmaking demonstrations throughout the evening.

 

Nov. 17-18: Tack Fusing Education Studio Workshop

Design your own glass tile by tack fusing an array of colorful shards. $29 or $26 for members.

 

Nov. 18, 2 p.m. Jazz and Glass

University of Puget Sound’s Small Jazz Ensembles will perform.

 

Nov. 23 Black Friday Sale

20 percent off throughout the store. 30 percent off one item for members only.

 

Nov. 24, 1-2 p.m. Academy of Dance Performance

Get into the holiday spirit with students from Academy of Dance as they perform selections from “The Nutcracker” in the Grand Hall.

 

Nov. 25 Kids Design Glass

Join the winning child and their family as they watch their design come to life in the Hot Shop. Special treat to have visiting artist Dave Walters join in on the making.

 

Dec. 1, 12:30 p.m. B Natural Studio Christmas Recital

Students of this Bonney Lake music store will perform holiday favorites in the theater.

 

Dec. 2, 12-5 p.m. MOG & GROG

Discover that unique, local gift at the museum’s second annual holiday makers market. With works from Tacoma artisans available for purchase, this event is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Beverages and bites available for purchase. Free admission.

 

Dec. 2, 2 p.m. Shop Talk with Megan Stelljes

Visiting Artist, Megan Stelljes, will share her ideas, creative processes, and invite guests to ask questions that promote greater/deeper understanding of the work she’s created during the week.

 

Dec. 8 Family Day

Buzzing in the New Year: Get ready to say “Goodbye!” to 2018 and think about what you want to do in 2019. Spend some time in “Foraging the Hive,” in which Sara Young and Tyler Budge think about collaboration and how you can achieve greater things working together with friends and family. Create your own honeycomb themed book to record your 2019 goals with art educator, Jennifer Adams.

Students of Paul and Phyllis Twedt will perform during their annual Holiday Musicale at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.

Try your hand at fused glass art. Choose a tile, sun catcher, or pendant. $29 per workshop/$26 for members.

 

Dec. 9, 2 p.m. Shop Talk with Erika Sanada

Visiting artist, Erika Sanada, will share her ideas, creative processes, and invite guests to ask questions that promote greater/deeper understanding of the work she’s created during the week.

 

Dec. 9

Students of Paul and Phyllis Twedt will perform during their annual Holiday Musicale at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Give fused glass art a try. Design your own fused glass tile or magnet. $29 per workshop/$26 for members.

 

Dec. 15-16 Be a glass artist

Try your hand at mosaics. Use your imagination to create your work of art by assembling small pieces of colored glass, stone, or other materials. Saturday, Dec. 15, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday Dec. 16, 12-5 p.m. $29 per workshop/$26 for members.

Make your hand-blown glass ornament. Feel the heat of the Hot Shop floor when you create your own glass holiday ornament. Hilltop Artists will guide the process. Must be 12 years of age to participate. Saturday, Dec. 15, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 16, 12-5 p.m. $60 per ornament/$45 for members. Space is limited.

 

Dec. 16, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Coffee with a Curator

Join Miranda Belarde-Lewis for an exclusive, private tour and discussion of the museum’s newest exhibition, “Preston Singletary: Raven and the Box of Daylight.” Ticketed event: $25/$10 for members.

 

Dec. 16, 2 p.m. Glass from the Past

Join Walt Lieberman as he discusses the history of glass, with visual support from the Hot Shop Team. This session is an introduction to glass and glassmaking.

 

Dec. 20, 5-8 p.m. Third Thursday

Tack fuse a snowflake – $12 per snowflake or $20 for two snowflakes.

Glassmaking demonstrations: students from Hilltop Artists in Residence will provide glassmaking demonstrations throughout the evening.

Film screenings: Enjoy holiday films for all ages in the theater.

 

Dec. 22, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fire and Ice Demonstrations

MOG’s all-star Hot Shop team will create arctic animals from molten glass. How closely do they resemble the animals you see on film? Come watch the fun and creativity of this new glassmaking challenge.

 

Dec. 23, 2 p.m. Glass from the Past

Join Walt Lieberman as he discusses the history of glass, with visual support from the Hot Shop Team. This session is focused on Venetian glass.

 

Dec. 26-28 Winter Bonanza: Make Your Own

Create your own glass ornament, snowman or paperweight in the MOG Hot Shop in celebration of the season. Hilltop Artists will be ready to help you create the item you choose. Participants will be picking colors and shaping their piece. Must be 12 years of age to participate. $60/$45 MOG member.

 

Dec. 29 Kids Design Glass

Join the winning child and their family as they watch their design come to life in the Hot Shop.

 

Dec. 30, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fire and Ice Demonstrations

MOG’s all-star Hot Shop team will create arctic animals from molten glass. How closely do they resemble the animals you see on film? Come watch the fun and creativity of this new glassmaking challenge.

 

Dec. 31 Drums of the New Year

Drum in the new year with the high school drum line. Back by popular demand, you will be energized by this entertaining performance from our local talented drummers. There’s talk there may be two schools competing in a “drum off.”

 

Dec. 31, 12-5 p.m. Countdown Coneheads

Make your own unique “conehead” hat and noisemaker to celebrate the New Year.

MOG is located at 1801 Dock St., Tacoma. For more information, visit www.museumofglass.org.

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