Fired Up: Glass Today

September 16, 2022 – February 5, 2023 

From studio glass to American flameworking, Fired Up presents a major showing of contemporary glass work created out of the artists’ desire to connect with their material and engage greater conversations surrounding community. Discover over 50 glassmakers who are pushing boundaries, forging new paths, and inspiring people in support of this art. Beyond the exhibition, experience the magic of glass firsthand through a lineup of related programs and events, including live glassblowing demonstrations at the museum. 

THE HOT SHOP AT THE WADSWORTH

September 16-18, 23-25, September 30-October 2, October 13 & 14
Demonstrations: 1-2:30pm

Drop-in: noon-4:30pm

A temporary glass-working studio at the museum. Experience this magical artform live and get a firsthand look at the tools, techniques, and processes used in creating art from molten glass. Free with admission. Presented in partnership with Mobile Glassblowing Studios. 

PUBLIC PROGRAMS

September 16–18 | The Hot Shop; Joseph Ivacic, Phil Vinson, Moshe Bursuker
September 23–25 | The Hot Shop; Caroline Landau, Jason McDonald
September 30 | Curator Talk with Brandy Culp
September 30–October 2 | The Hot Shop; Pearl Dick, Grace Whiteside (Due to a rainy forecast Saturday’s Hot Shop is canceled)
October 13 | The Hot Shop; Moshe Bursurker and Hartford Art School students
October 14 | The Hot Shop; Phil Vinson, Arthur Wilson
October 14 | Conversation with an Artist: Amber Cowan
October 15 | Lawn Party: Glass Rodeo
October 19 | Public Lecture: Clearly Indigenous with Dr. Letitia Chambers
November 12 | Second Saturdays for Families: Glass Reflections
November 13 | Sunday Serenades: Fall Fantasies
November 18 | Curator Tour for Members
December 17 | Music in the Galleries: Vera Meyer and the Glass Harmonica

ARTISTS OF FIRED UP

Chris Ahalt
Joshua Bernbaum
Alex Berstein
Peter Bremers
Hamm Brushand
Moshe Bursuker
Nancy Callan
Dale Chihuly & James Carpenter
Dale Chihuly
Ben Cobb
David Colton
Amber Cowan
Matt Eskuche
Micah Evans
Beccy Feather
Wesley Fleming
Wesley Fleming & Jupiter Nielsen
Kiva Ford

Kiva Ford & Jupiter Nielsen
Dan Friday
Hannah Gibson
Sidney Hutter
Joseph Ivacic
Martin Janecky
Yoshinori Kondo
Caroline Landau
Jiyong Lee
Shayna Leib
Liza Lou
Carmen Lozar
Dante Marioni
Jason McDonald
Robert Mickelsen
Jonas Noël Niedermann
Kelly O’Dell
Kelly O’Dell & Raven Skyriver
Joe Peters & Peter Muller
Michael Schunke

Matteo Silverio & Stefano Bullo
Raven Skyriver
Paul Stankard
Megan Stelljes
Lino Tagliapietra
Tim Tate
Daisuke Takeuchi
Demetra Theofanous & Dean Bensen
Kim Thomas
Cesare Toffolo
Alex Ubatuba
Norwood Viviano
Zoe Woods
Ben Young

EXHIBITION SUPPORT

Fired Up: Glass Today is organized by the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art and is made possible through the generous support of The Cheryl Chase and Stuart Bear Family Foundation, The Saunders Foundation, the Design and Decorative Arts Council, The David T. Langrock Foundation, Mobile Glassblowing Studios, LLC, the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass, Simon Abrahms, Trinity College, the Edith Olcott van Gerbig Endowment Fund and the Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation and the Wadsworth Atheneum Exhibition Fund supported by the estates of James Lyon, Karen Kelleher, and Susannah Shickman.  

The exhibition has also been made possible through the sustained commitment of Simon Abrahms and Hank Martin. The Wadsworth gratefully acknowledges the contributions of Chesterfield Gallery, Habatat Detroit Fine Art, Heller Gallery, and Schantz Galleries, as well as all participating artists and exhibition designer Lee Weaver, for their generous assistance in bringing this project to fruition.

Images from top: Megan Stelljes, Neon Wallpaper III (detail), 2022. Neon with sculpted glass. 36 x 60 x 5 inches. Courtesy of the artist, Arlington, WA; Dan Friday (American | Lummi Nation, born 1975), Schaenexw (Salmon) Run (detail), 2020. Blown and sculpted glass. Photo by Ian Lewis. Courtesy of the artist; Micah Evans, Singer, 2014. Borosilicate glass. 20½ x 11¼ x 16¼ inches. Collection of Simon Abrahms; Artist Kim Thomas. Courtesy of the artist.