“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.