“Minds and Hands: The MIT Glass Lab” August 15 – October 21, 2018. “Mens et Manus” – Mind and Hand – is the motto of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). It perfectly describes the spirit of the MIT Glass Lab. Hosted by MIT’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering, the Glass Lab has existed for more than 40 years. It is a place where MIT students from a wide array of backgrounds in science and engineering learn the ancient art of glass blowing, working in teams and exploring artistic approaches to glass. 3-d glass printing, functional glass instruments, neon glass and more. This is glass like you’ve never seen it!
Mask by Erik Demaine and Martin Demaine 2018. Photo by Erik Demaine and Martin Demaine .
Red Rocket by Kaitlyn Becker, 2015. Photo by Daniel Lizardo.
OMG by Helen Lee, 2017. Photo by Ben Orozco.
The Sandwich Glass Museum is proud to present a solo exhibition by Christopher Belleau. The exhibit, which opens to the public on Monday, March 2, and runs through November 1, 2018, showcases Mr. Belleau’s adeptness and wide variety of styles in blown glass.
Chris trained as a potter, apprenticing at age 13 to a craftsman from his home town in Wisconsin. He was eventually drawn to the more ethereal, fluid and translucent qualities of glass. But what really hooked him was the opportunity glass provides to play with color. Chris is proud to say that he is the only glass blower in Rhode Island that makes colored glass from the raw ingredients on a regular basis. This allows for variations of intensity of hue, tone and depth which are not available with commercial colors. Recently, he has been experimenting with irridizing hot glass. He is captivated by the rainbow flow of colors with the variations of metalic and matt surface textures.
A walk inside the Color & Chemistry room brings James Lloyd, the factory chemist, to life as he describes the travails of creating innovative colors to make the factory’s glass more competitive. Cabinets mysteriously open to reveal his secret batch book, his favorite glass. A handkerchief on the counter flutters as he complains about the uranium dust he uses to make a beautiful canary yellow. The 2 1/2 minute demonstration is full of surprises and entertaining as well as educational.
Highland Street Foundation Announces its 8th Annual “Free Fun Fridays” at the Sandwich Glass Museum for Friday, July 21st.
The Sandwich Glass Museum is proud to participate with The Highland Street Foundation’s 8th annual “Free Fun Fridays” initiative, a summer program that opens doors at no cost to visitors to many of the most treasured cultural venues in Massachusetts of which the Sandwich Glass Museum is one! This year 80 museums and cultural institutions will participate in the program. From June through August , between five and seven venues will be open free-of-charge every Friday for 10 weeks this summer. On Friday, July 21, 2017, the Museum will be proud to welcome guests at no cost!
“We are thrilled to be part of Free Fun Fridays,” said Katie Campbell, director of the Sandwich Glass Museum in Sandwich. “We look forward to welcoming members of the public, many of who will be here for the first time.” Highland Street Foundation is honored to provide families with access to the very best cultural institutions across Massachusetts and deeply committed to engaging families on a cultural and intellectual level , providing ongoing enrichment opportunities for young people during summer vacation.
Established in 2009, “Free Fun Fridays” has drawn more than half a million visitors to its participating venues. Last year alone, the program saw 165,000 people and the Foundation hopes to reach more than 200,000 this year. This is a perfect opportunity for the community to experience the best that Massachusetts has to offer.
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Sandwich Glass Museum is open from 9:30-5pm daily. For additional information visit our website www.sandwichglassmuseum.org.