Archive for July, 2012

Chicago Talent in Colorado Springs

July 27, 2012 in Art | Comments (0)

Tom Donaldson, formerly a Chicago-area artist, joined Hunter-Wolff Gallery with something new for the glass collector–kilnformed glass.  He has been working and developing different processes for 26 years and today concentrates on his speciality called kilnforming to make unique glass objects. This process is sometimes referred to as working with “warm” glass, because the working temperatures of kilnformed glass falls between the extremes of glass blowing, “hot” glass, and stained glass, “cold” glass. Tom rarely creates the same piece in multiples unless it is a series of glass tiles or for lighting. He points out to collectors that the value of his work increases with one-of-a-kind objects. How does he do it?  He uses many processes to get the look few can achieve, including fusing, slumping, sandblasting, cold polishing, torch-work, hotworking, high firing processes, and his famous “tortured” technique. Want to know more?  Just stop in and we will give you all the details you need to become an informed glass collector.

 

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At the Top of the Glass

July 24, 2012 in American Glass Studio Movement,Art,Art Gallery,Art Glass,Color,Commissions | Comments (0)

 

 

Donna Gordon Blown Glass Collection

 

In recognition of the 2012 nationwide celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the American Glass Studio Movement, Hunter-Wolff Gallery is featuring beautiful blown glass by Colorado glassblower Donna Gordon in appreciation for her years of dedication and creativity and for being part of this movement, which continues to foster new interest in utilizing glass as an art form. The gallery is also taking this opportunity to introduce kilnformed glass by former Chicago-area Tom Donaldson.

Tom Donaldson’s exhibit of kilnformed glass gives collectors another option, primarily intended for display.  For more than 26 years, Donaldson has studied and developed a lesser conventional style. Donaldson rarely creates pieces in multiples unless it is a series of glass tiles or for lighting.  He strongly believes that the value of art is diminished somewhat with large production numbers and often looks to nature for new inspiration.  He credits nature for many of his award-winning pieces and explains, “Nature combines the precision and logic of math with the gentle variations of form and color. In almost everything in nature there is a repeating pattern, color and shape and that makes nature very desirable and useful in creating abstract and representational art.” Donaldson says he continues to push existing theory pertaining to kilnformed glass and collectors appreciate his results. Both exhibits will run concurrently July 15 to September 30, 2012 for visitors’ appreciation of contemporary art glass.

Tom Donaldson Kilnformed Art Glass

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Dazzling Me, Darling!

July 1, 2012 in Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Color,jewelry,Naweeya Designs | Comments (0)

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Only At Hunter-Wolff Gallery

If you love glamour and love jewelry, we have the perfect answer for you:  Naweeya Designs! Whether looking for something casual or something outstanding and stunning, Naweeya Designs are here.  Designer Naweeya Omer painstakingly spends hours sorting stones and finding the perfect color matches to create her unique pieces.  No two are alike.  She strings as many as 10 strands of beads and creates a garden of pearls and stones that are almost too beautiful to wear.

I like to describe Naweeya Designs as a symphony.  Naweeya starts with her supplies and materials, sorting and planning, making decisions on the type and size, or color of stones–faceted, polished, raw chunks of stones or pearls, abalone, silver, etc. Upon deciding on a theme, keeping in mind color, size, shape and other elements to bind a concept together for movement and purpose.  Should the design be formal, casual, or something in between?  It’s like making music.  All the elements need to come together in some type of order and make sense upon completion.

Her pieces dazzle the wearer and turn heads of admirers.  Naweeya Designs are always unique, no two alike, and difficult for other designers to copy because of her intricate detail.  We love Naweeya Designs and think you will too.  You don’t have to be a celebrty to feel like a celebrity–and you can find pieces that don’t break the bank. Her new summer collection is here and make perfect gifts for the woman who has everything and the woman who doesn’t mind buying herself a special reward.
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