Join Duncan McClellan Gallery and glass artist Nancy Callan for the opening of the glass exhibit “Over the Top”.

Join Duncan McClellan Gallery and glass artist Nancy Callan for the opening of the glass exhibit “Over the Top”.

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This exhibit will open Saturday, February 14, from 5:30-9:30pm, and includes a free glassblowing demonstration with Nancy Callan, assisted by Jason Christian, both from Seattle, Washington. Admission is free. Refreshments will be available.
Nancy Callan “explores the notion of play as an important component in creativity. It is also a dialogue with the challenging medium of blown glass… The color combinations convey a spirit of fun, and reflect my enjoyment of visual complexity of glass.”
Callan is influenced by the bright colors and inflated shapes found in comic books and toys, and by the playful spirit of the unconscious mind. While creating each piece, she tries to balance the fluidity of hot glass with the sense of wonder and fun felt the first time she gathered from the furnace. Callan believes that play is essential not only for the artist but for everyone.
“When we daydream or play games, we return to our childlike state of mind, where we are free to explore and imagine. This simple joy is a counterweight to our busy lives, and is central to my artistic process.”
Nancy Callan graduated with a BFA from The Massachusetts College of Art in 1996,
after which she studied with both John Brekke and Lino Tagliapietra at the Corning Museum of Glass. She works with Lino Tagliapietra regularly, and her work is in many private and public collections, including those of the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA, the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY, Sir Elton John, Atlanta, GA and Lino and Lina Tagliapetra, Seattle, WA.
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 Jason Christian is a glass artist living in the Seattle area. He was born in 1976 to a metal fabricator and a cardiac nurse. He became involved in glass art at the age of 21- starting as a factory charger, slowly developing his glass knowledge through experience. He has worked with a variety of well-known artists in the Seattle community, including Martin Blank, Preston Singletary, James Mongraine, and Nancy Callan. For almost a decade he has been an integral member of Dale Chihuly’s boathouse team, collaborating and working with international artists, including Pino Singnoretti. His individual work explores the art of reticello, classical Venetian techniques, and modern simplicity. As of recent, he has been developing art inspired by the works of Faberge- combining the delicate complexity of reticello with the intricate detailing Faberge’s eggs are known for.
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Laura Donefer and Jeff Mack

Laura Donefer is a Toronto based artist who chooses “liquid heat” as her medium.” Working with molten glass is like dancing the magma right out of the earth… For me, glass is a metaphor for life. It can be totally transparent and reveal what is inside, or opaque to hide, or translucent and mysterious by giving glimpses of what might be there…..(Donefer) celebrates life through fire.”Laura Donefer studied Sculpture at the Escuela National de Art Cubanacan,in Havana, Cuba; Literature and languages at Dawson College, Montreal. She received her Bachelor of Arts through McGill University, Montreal, and majored in Glass with a minor in Metal sculpting at Sheridan College, School of Craft and Design, Mississauga, Ontario.