Tuesday, August 29, 2017

PRESS RELEASE: An Unforgettable Evening Offered At the Worcester Center for Crafts Glass Studio

Worcester, MA- Daniel Clayman, an internationally known glass and multimedia artist will be the center of attraction at the September 15 event, An Unforgettable Evening, offered by the Worcester Center for Crafts Glass Studio located at 35 B New Street. A limited number of tickets are available.

The evening planned for 5:30-7:30 pm will feature wine tastings from Austin Liquors,
Courtesy of the artist and MassArt.
Photo credit: Will Howcroft
appetizers from On the Rise, and an artist's talk by Clayman who's most recent work, Rainfield, was installed this winter at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. It is comprised of thousands of glass raindrops suspended from the ceiling of the Mass College Design and Media Center Atrium on Huntington Avenue in Boston. Clayman visited the Worcester Center for Crafts New Street Glass Studio and worked with the Center's glass residents as well as his own assistants in making many of the raindrops used in the installation. 

The evening will also include glass blowing and flame working demonstrations by Dave Weintraub and Caterina (Trina) Urrata-Weintraub of Fiamma Glass (Waltham) and
Adam Waimon working with a torch.
Adam Waimon of Jim Watkins' Pean Doubalyu Glass (Providence) to showcase the New Street Glass Studio's facilities for teaching, making, and continuing the tradition of handmade/created glass works. Tickets to AN UNFORGETTABLE EVENING are $40 per person and may be obtained online at tinyurl.com/newstreetfundraiser or by calling 508.753.8183 ext. 301.

When he thinks of his work Rainfield, Clayman has said, "embrace the beauty of the gathering storm" as the
Courtesy of the artist and MassArt.
Photo credit: Will Howcroft
viewer stands under the downward-looking raindrops and feels awed by the beauty of their number and transparency. The installation will be on view through January 2018. Clayman has served as a Visiting Critic at Rhode Island School of Design, on faculty at the Penland School of Crafts, and has taught both at MIT and Massachusetts College of Art and Design among many others. His work is in collections around the world including the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Corning Museum of Glass, and the Museum of Art, Fukui, Japan. Clayman was born in Lynn, MA in 1957 and has a BFA from RISD.

"This will be an unforgettable evening," said Gale Scott, Head of the Center's GlassStudio
Daniel Clayman
and Program. "Dan Clayman is on the forefront of imaging the future of glass, of making art with glass and he has a very approachable and entertaining style. Combine that with the hot glass skills of our demonstrators - you're in for quite a treat!"

The New Street Glass Studio of the Craft Center is the only comprehensive non-profit glass studio program in New England available to the public. Each year this program serves hundreds of adults and youth through diverse offerings in the art of glass blowing, beadmaking, flameworking, stained glass, and much more. In addition to offering quality classes, the Studio also provides a state-of-the-art professional workspace for area glassworkers. Opened by the Center in 2003, it is a fully equipped 8,000 square feet studio with comprehensive furnance, gloryholes, kilns, torches, cold-working equipment and more.


About the Worcester Center for Crafts:

The Worcester Center for Crafts (WCC) is one of the oldest non-profit institutions for craft study in the United States. Founded in 1856 as the Worcester Employment Society to help immigrant women produce and sell hand-crafted wares to support their families, the Center evolved over the past 155 years into New England's leading center for craft education, exhibition and entrepreneurship. In 2004, the organization expanded and opened the New Street Glass Studio - an off-campus, 8,000 square foot, state-of-the-art, multi-studio glass facility. The WCC offers the only comprehensive glass studio program in New England available to the public. Through an affiliation begun in 2009, the WCC is home to the Worcester State visual arts studios and partners in community outreach.

The Craft Center's mission is "to sustain craft as a vital part of our community" by providing high-quality craft education and training, by supporting craft artists in their professions, and through advocacy and public education initiatives including adult education classes and workshops, youth education and outreach programs, exhibitions showcasing the work of established and emerging artists, artist residencies, lectures, family events, studio rentals, Gallery Store, and major events. The WCC is a member of the Worcester Cultural Coalition and receives funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact hhess@worcester.edu

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