Last weekend my Tendrils glass sculpture sold in the Chicago GAS (Glass Art Society) Auction. Tendrils was created for the annual Glass Art Society Auction. The Glass Art Society is a terrific organization based in Seattle, Washington. Each year they bring together glass artists from around the world. A major highlight of this amazing conference is the glass art auction. This year the conference and glass art auction was held at the historic Palmer House in Chicago.
The GAS auction is free to the public and anyone can bid on glass sculptures by renown artists. The auction is a great event for newcomers to participate in the Glass Art Society. The art auction allows artists and collectors alike to give something back to glass art. This year there was an abundance of glass sculpture in the Silent and Live Auctions. Donated artworks ranged from large glass sculpture to chalices and delicate vessels. Many of the glass artworks were by world renown artists such as Paul Stankard, Vittorio Constantini, and Robert Mickelsen just to name a few. You can view the glass artwork of all artists in the 2014 GAS Live Auction Catalog posted on the Glass Art Society website.
The Palmer House was a work of art in itself. The lavishly painted ceilings and figural bronze sconces were the perfect backdrop for the conference. As a sculptor with decades of metal casting experience I found the Palmer House lobby delightful. I made a lot of pictures of the lobby and all of the bronze light fixtures. The painted ceiling of the grand lobby evoked a palatial opulence!