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MIT Glass Lab at Duncan McClellan Glass

By December 27, 2013April 25th, 2022Events, News

The Duncan McClellan Gallery proudly presents the MIT GLASS LAB with Peter Houk, Martin Demaine and Erik Demaine.  The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Glass Lab community is composed of a diverse and ever-changing group of people ranging from MIT undergraduate and graduate students to MIT alumni to glass art professionals invited into the program to enrich the Glass Lab experience.

At 5pm on Saturday, January 11th, the gallery doors will open to reveal the creativity that flows out of MIT including truly inspirational collaborations and individual pieces.

While you browse, enjoy an adult beverage, soda or water for a donation from our custom bars (All donations benefit the DMG School Project).

On Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 2pm, listen to Peter Houk, Martin Demaine and Erik Demaine lecture at Hot Gatherings, Cool Conversations, DMG School Project’s Visiting Glass Artists Series at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg.  Come early and enjoy brunch at 1pm with a 15% off “HotShop” discount (not to be used in conjunction with museum membership discounts) and receive a free mimosa.  An Artists’ Reception and glass blowing demonstration at Duncan McClellan Gallery will immediately follow the lecture.

About the artists:

Peter Houk took up the leadership of the MIT Glass Lab in 1997. His artwork ranges from intimate pieces in which the blown, sandblasted and painted vessel is used as a vehicle for landscape, to sculptural work-sometimes on a large scale-installed in architectural settings.

Here’s a great video featuring Peter Houk, made at the Tacoma Museum of Glass:

Martin L. (Marty) Demaine is an artist and mathematician, and after studying glassblowing in England, he began his artistic career by blowing art glass in New Brunswick in the early 1970s. His was the first one-man glass studio in Canada. Since joining MIT, Demaine blows glass as an instructor at the MIT Glass Lab; his newer work features innovative glassblowing techniques intended as a puzzle to his fellow glassblowers.  Marty is also the father of MIT Computer Science professor and MacArthur Fellow, Erik Demaine.

Erik Demaine, known as a child prodigy, entered Dalhousie University in Canada at the age of 12, completed his bachelor’s degree at 14 and completed his PhD when only 20 years old. Erik joined the MIT faculty in 2001 at age 20, the youngest professor in the history of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  Erik and Martin Demaine’s joint mathematical works focus primarily on the mathematics of folding and unfolding objects out of flat materials such as paper and on the computational complexity of games and puzzles.

Here is a video featuring work by Erik and Martin Demaine.

Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, noon-5pm and by appointment.

Exhibit runs 1/11/14 to 2/3/14