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Glass artists Amber Cowen and Joe Cariati to give free lecture at Toledo Museum of Art

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Two artists teaching one-week master classes in glass at the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) are giving a free lecture Thursday, June 27 at 7 p.m. in the Glass Pavilion. Artists Joe Cariati and Amber Cowan will discuss their work and their experiences teaching during this free lecture.

“Having the opportunity to hear from living artists is a real treat so we are grateful that both Amber and Joe will have the opportunity to talk about their work,” said Alan Iwamura, the Museum’s glass studio manager.

Cariati is an award winning artist, craftsman and educator with over 20 years of glassblowing experience. His work is entirely free blown, a Venetian glassblowing process that utilizes the human hand, not blow molds, to form vessels from start to finish. In 2003, he established his eponymous studio in Los Angeles, where he continues to refine his craft and push his boundaries as a glassblower and a designer.

Cowan, based in Philadelphia, gathers found pressed glass, purchased from eBay or antique shops, to her studio where she reshapes the pieces with a flameworking torch. She also utilizes a historic glass press purchased from the now-defunct Fenton Glass Company (similar to the one on view in the Glass Pavilion in Gallery 3) to create her own pressed objects, like the shells that are found scattered throughout Grotto of the Chocolate Nymph, which was acquired by TMA in 2018 and is currently on display in the Glass Pavilion.

This is the inaugural year for a series of master classes in glass that the Museum is hosting from May through August 2019. The glass master classes run one week, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with lunch provided. Each week-long class will cost $950 for Museum members and $1,000 for non-members.

To learn more or to register for a master class in glass, visit or call (419) 254-5080.