Glass Sculpture Sold in Chicago GAS Auction

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.

Tendrils is a glass sculpture that sold in the 2014 Glass Art Society Silent Auction, Palmer House, Chicago, Illinois.

Tendrils is a glass sculpture that sold in the 2014 Glass Art Society Silent Auction, Palmer House, Chicago, Illinois.

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.

Glass Sculpture Auction, Glass Art Society Conference, Palmer House, Chicago, Illinois. Lobby in the Palmer House. Photograph by Emily Williams, 2014.

Glass Sculpture Auction, Glass Art Society Conference, Palmer House, Chicago, Illinois. Lobby in the Palmer House. Photograph by Emily Williams, 2014.

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!

Glass Sculpture Auction, Glass Art Society Conference, Palmer House, Chicago, Illinois. Detail of lamps in the Palmer House. Photograph by Emily Williams, 2014.

Glass Sculpture Auction, Glass Art Society Conference, Palmer House, Chicago, Illinois. Detail of lamps in the Palmer House. Photograph by Emily Williams, 2014.

Comments

  1. Olo Gamwich says

    Great experience in Chicago! And Tendrils sold in the Auction too. You’re making a name for yourself Emily! Is it possible to make a kind of signature in your art? Painters do it, ceramic artists do it, in my opinion most of the artists do it.

    • Emily Williams says

      Thanks so much Ogamwich! It was a wonderful experience to participate in the Glass Art Society Auction in Chicago. The glass sculpture on display for the Live and Silent Auction was outstanding. I am so glad that I was able to pull together that sculpture and get it shipped there undamaged. I had to do a very good packing job! It worked very well indeed. Not sure that many glass artists are signing there glass art. It would mar the piece in my opinion. I think most artists working in glass have characteristic work that in essence becomes their signature.

  2. Laura Peacock says

    Dear Emily,

    As the very lucky bidder of your beautiful piece of art at the Chicago GAS (Glass Art Society) Auction this past weekend at the Palmer House in Chicago, I could not be more pleased with this sculpture! I am looking forward to it becoming an instant conversation piece for all visitors to my home! The intricate detail, the meticulous craftsmanship and above all the artistic vision of this piece are truly beyond words, to the point where I don’t feel that the photos did it justice. I can’t thank you enough for the beautiful work you do, but I still thank you from the bottom of my heart!

    • Emily Williams says

      Laura thanks so much! I had such a wonderful time at the Glass Art Society Auction and sharing my glass sculpture with you. I am so glad you have it and that it will bring so much enjoyment to your life. I think having beautiful creative objects in the home is so important. You can relive that exciting atmosphere of the Glass Art Society auction every time you look at it. There were so many incredible glass artist in the auction and in that very room! The Adams Ballroom was stuffed with some of the best glass artists! This particular series of twig vessel forms is very difficult to photograph! My favorite view is looking down on top of the sculpture. When looking down from all the tendrils of glass point toward the center leaving a nice opening into the vessel form. I will continue to explore that idea in upcoming works. Thanks so much for your wonderful patronage and support of the Glass Art Society!

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