Multisensory installation immerses visitors in glassmaking experience
A new exhibition at the Toledo Museum of Art will provide visitors with an introduction to glassmaking that involves multiple senses and experiences beyond the visual. Located in Gallery 18, Katherine Gray: (Being) in a Hotshop opens Feb. 9 and runs through May 12, 2019.
“Gray’s multi-sensory work will immerse visitors in the sights, sounds and smells of the glassmaking studio,” said Diane Wright, curator of glass and decorative arts. “They will move beyond a traditional static viewing of glass objects and closer to what the artist experiences in the glassblowing process.”
Based in Los Angeles, Gray is inspired by historic glassmaking methods and forms, especially traditional 19th and 20th century American and European vessels.
(Being) in a Hotshop invites visitors to listen to the sounds of the artist blowing glass through a hand-blown cup attached to the wall; to experience the smells particular to the hotshop in an installation entitled Paper Sleeve Wax Block; to touch actual glassblowing tools; and to see video of Gray at work in a hotshop, creating some of the finished glass works now on display at TMA. She has also created a literal rainbow of inspired vessels in the visually stunning installation, A Rainbow Like You.
Katherine Gray will visit TMA to discuss her work in person and participate in a glassblowing demonstration in the Glass Pavilion on Feb. 9, 2019. Katherine Gray: (Being) in a Hotshop is presented by O-I with additional support from the Ohio Arts Council and 2019 Exhibition Program Sponsor ProMedica.