Elizabeth Ryland Mears is one of the Glass School’s favorite flameworkers. Working from her studio in the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA, Liz creates some of the most beautiful, evocative and lyrical sculptures.
Building upon a successful career in flat glass, which included teaching techniques in such places as the Smithsonian Institution, Liz began to focus exclusively on flameworking in 1993. She works with clear borosilicate glass and incorporates colored glass either as surface treatment or color inclusions. In addition, she utilizes sandblasting, kiln fired surface paints, and gold leaf to create depth in her pieces, which range from large sculptures to functional items.
Liz is part of the Illinois Wesleyen University exhibition of glass art "A Survey of Contemporary Flameworking 2010," which features artwork by 17 artists from around the world, which runs through Feb. 4, 2010.
Liz Mears’ artwork will also be part of California’s Bay Area Glass Institute (BAGI) auction, along with Mark Abildgaard, Larry Cazes, Paul Cunningham, John De Wit, Kathleen Elliot, Rudy Faulkner, Shaun Griffiths, Martin Janecky, Michael Janis, Susan Longini, Chris Moore, Mark Murai, Jay Musler, Jeff Owen, David Patchen, Marc Petrovic, Sabrina Knowles and Jenny Pohlman, Deva Priya, Richard Royal, Ethan Stern, Toland Sand, Chuck Savoie, Jon Scally, Jonathon Schmuck, Hiroshi Yamano and more.
The Bay Area Glass Institute's (BAGI) Ninth Annual 2010 Great Glass Auction, will be held on Saturday, February 6, 2010 from 5:30-10:00 p.m., at the Fourth Street Summit Ballroom, in San Jose, California.The BAGI Annual Benefit supports emerging glass artists, students and public glass art education
Bay Area Glass Institute
401 East Taylor St, Suite 115, San Jose, CA 95112
PREVIEW: Friday, February 5, 2010 / 6:00-9:00 pm
Fourth Street Summit Ballroom, San Jose, CA
AUCTION: Saturday, February 6, 2010 | 5:30-10:00 pm
A highlight of the Auction evening will be the announcement of the prestigious Saxe Fellowship Award for outstanding craftsmanship and achievement in glass chosen in a juried competition.
The Saxe Fellowship jurors this year are: Maureen Littleton, director of the Washington D.C’s Maurine Littleton Gallery; Micaela Van Zwoll, founder and director of the San Francisco-based Micaela Gallery; and, world renowned collector Dorothy Saxe of San Francisco, CA.
For more info about the BAGI Auction, click HERE.
Click HERE for the Bay Area Glass Institute website.