Press Packet

California Contributions: 50 Years of American Studio Glass
November 10 and 11

Reception and Awards Ceremony
November 10  6-9pm

This week’s news focus:  The Watts Youth Glass Blowing Team  
The Watts Youth Glass Blowing Team will be attending the Symposium and presenting a workshop on Sunday, November 11th in conjunction with The Crucible Youth Glass Team.  The Watts youth will be in the Bay Area starting Thursday November 8th, visiting Bay Area artist and community glass studio’s and networking with other young glass artists.  Too learn more about the Watts youth and see photos of them in action go to: Meet the Watts Youth Glass Blowing Team

The Symposium:
The Crucible is hosting a symposium celebrating the 50th anniversary of the American Studio Glass movement: ‘California Contributions: 50 Years of American Studio Glass 1962-1212’ on November 10th and 11th..  Come and celebrate the evolution of the Studio Glass movement and the contributions of California artists. During the past fifty years, the studio glass movement has grown as artists have chosen glass as their medium and major universities have offered undergraduate and graduate degrees in the glass arts. This symposium offers attendees a unique opportunity to meet and learn from over 100 prominent glass artists who work and/or teach in California. The work of the conference’s presenting artists spans five decades and includes the some of the early founders and innovators of the studio glass movement and many new rising stars.  The two-day event includes glass demos, lectures, and over 50 pieces of original art in a two-day art exhibition. Check out the documents below for more background information about the Symposium and the history of the Studio Glass movement!

The Symposium is part of a larger Bay Area Celebration!
There are three events in the Bay Area that celebrate the 50th anniversary of Studo Glass.  The Oakland Museum of California and the DeYoung Museum both have exhibits opening in October.  On November 9th, the California College of the Arts Glass Program is celebrating its’ Glass Jubilee and Alumni Exhibit with demo by alumnus Boyd Sugiki.  Many of the artists exhibiting works at these events, will be presenting workshops at the Symposium where they will be sharing their skills and demonstating the techiques that made them world class artists.  See links to these other events on our website:

For more information contact Barbara Barnett: at or call her at 510 835-5815.

Interview with Michelle Knox by GYST Radio in Art
General Press Release – California Contributions: 50 Years of Studio
50 Years of Studio Glass: From Black Tie to Blue Jeans
Meet the Watts Youth Glass Blowing Team

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