2017 International Flameworking Conference

2017 International Flameworking Conference

The 2017 International Flameworking Conference (IFC), March 24-26, has a decidedly Philly flavor.  

Joining Philadelphia-based featured artist Amber Cowan at Salem Community College are fellow Philly artists Beccy Feather, Zach Puchowitz and Kim Thomas.  Rounding out the weekend line-up are Jacob Moskowitz and Ryan Tanner.  

The IFC begins on Friday night with a new presentation on the history of flameworking by Beth Hylen and Eric Goldschmidt of The Corning Museum of Glass.  Free and open to the public, the program will begin at 7 p.m. in the Sol and Jean Davidow Performing Arts Theatre, Davidow Hall, 460 Hollywood Ave., Carneys Point, NJ.  

“Philadelphia has become known for its community of nationally respected artists who take advantage of the flameworking process,” said IFC founder Paul Stankard, who co-chairs this year’s conference with Amy Lemaire.  “We are proud to showcase the fascinating work of Philadelphia-based artists Amber Cowan, Kim Thomas and others who are advancing contemporary glass art.”

Cowan’s sculptural glasswork is based around the use of recycled, up-cycled and second-life glass.  She uses the processes of flameworking, hot-sculpting and glassblowing to create large-scale sculptures that overwhelm the viewer with ornate abstraction and viral accrual.  Cowan holds an MFA in Glass/Ceramics from Tyler School of Art of Temple University, where she is a faculty member.  

Cowan’s two-hour demonstration on Saturday morning will be followed by Moskowitz and Puchowitz.  The following day, Thomas and Tanner demonstrate.  The conference concludes with “How Philly is becoming a Hub for Flameworked Glass Art,” moderated by Feather, who leads a strong panel of fellow artists: Cowan, Thomas and Puchowitz.

Presented by the SCC Foundation, the 17th annual IFC is made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, along with the following sponsors: SJ Venture Capital Co.; Robert M. Minkoff Foundation; ABR Imagery; Wale Apparatus Co., Inc.; Chemglass Life Sciences, LLC; Carlisle Machine Works, Inc.; High Volume Oxygen; WheatonArts and Cultural Center; and The Flow/Glass Art magazines.   

To learn more and register, visit www.salemcc.edu/ifc.