Ornate assemblages made of cast vintage pressed glass as blossoming new scenes in Amber Cowan’s sculptures


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November 23, 2021

Grace Ebert

“Visions of the Night Muse in Jade” (2021), 20 x 15.5 x 7.5 inches. All images shared with permission by Matthew Hollerbush, © Amber Cowan

Philadelphia artist Amber Cowan (before) forms found and flame-worked glass into narrative sculptures full of artistic flourishes and enchanting details. Her delicate works are often monochromatic and enliven vintage elements, including a Figure from a McKee Glass Company vase in “Visions of the Night Muse in Jade”, for example, or the balls in different shades of purple, from which “Hummingbird Festival on Helio and LavendeR. “The pressed glass pieces pay homage to the once flourishing industry by reworking ancient scenes and motifs into new tableaus.

Deviating a little from the precisely shaped forms that make up a large part of her work, Cowan has begun to incorporate long drops into her newer sculptures. In her vertical cornucopia and fountain pieces, leaves and other plants that hang over the edges of the vessels appear malleable when they splash into small, circular drops.

In January, Cowan’s solo exhibition opens at Brunnier Art Museum at Iowa State University, and if you’re in New York City, take a look at the Museum of Art and Design in February to view some of the artist’s work as part of. to see Craft Front & Center. Otherwise, dwell on their latest sculptures Instagram.

Detail from “Visions of the Night Muse in Jade” (2021), 20 x 15.5 x 7.5 inches

“Hummingbirds Feast on Helio and Lavender” (2021), 20 x 15.5 x 7.5 inches

Left: “Cornucopia in Shell” (2021), 8 x 5.5 x 4 inches. Right: “Brunnen in Rosalene” (2021), 17 x 8.5 x 8.5 inches

Detail from “Kolibris Feast on Helio and Lavender” (2021), 20 x 15.5 x 7.5 inches

“Autumn fan in mandarin and bittersweet orange” (2021), 17.5 x 17.5 x 20 inches

“Garden snail with feather and pearls”

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