Archive for June 6, 2014

Glass Artists in Action in Hendricks County, June 6-8

Glass Artist John Miller

Glass Artist John Miller. Photo provided by Tour Hendricks County and used with written permission.

By Josh Duke
Tour Hendricks County

A truly breath-taking event you won’t likely see anywhere else in central Indiana will kick off today with three days of non-stop Glass Artists in Action.

The Hot, Warm and Cold Glass Artists in Action event returns for a second year in Hendricks County, June 6-8, 2014, highlighting some of the country’s finest glass artists at Hot Blown Glass, Ltd., 3717 S. County Road 200 East in Clayton, Indiana.

“It will be action-packed with several versions of what we as glass artists think is, ‘All that is hot,’” said Lisa Pelo, owner of Hot Blown Glass and festival organizer. “These two and a half days of demonstrations will allow you to see a wide assortment of styles, skills and techniques by full-time glass artists, and also glassblowers that simply come out to push themselves handling hot glass and developing this skill set that is very different from their day-to-day lives.”

The event will open with a bang tonight as popular international glass artist John Miller (see photo above) from Illinois, who is known for his glass art that imitates life, will surprise the crowd with a creation that will remain a secret until the night of the event. Chad Balster will follow up Miller’s presentation with a fire dance performance after dark that is sure to amaze. Today’s activities will be from 6-10 p.m.

From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 7 and continuing from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 8, a cavalcade of about 15 talented glass artists will provide non-stop demonstrations showing off a variety of techniques and mediums. In addition to Miller and Balster, some of the featured artists include Pelo, Mark Oberting, Clayton Benefiel, Ann Tudor and Yuri Okamoto. In addition to the demonstrations, the event will include opportunities to meet and talk with the artists, learn about the craft, purchase their work and so much more.

During and even after the activities conclude at Hot Blown Glass, art enthusiasts can continue to enjoy glass art throughout Hendricks County with three exhibits featuring local artists. Exhibit sites include:

  • Artistic Designs Gallery, 124 E. Northfield Drive, Suite K, Brownsburg. Exhibit opened yesterday and runs through July 31.
  • Gallery on the Square, 51 S. Washington St., Danville. Exhibit opened June 2 and continues until July 5.
  • Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library Art Gallery, 1120 Stafford Road, Plainfield. Exhibit began June 1 and ends June 26.

For more information about the event, to see a schedule of activities or to learn more about the exhibits, go online to