Lane Community College's Student Newspaper

Artist brings glass sculpture lecture to Building 10

Posted on April 10, 2014 | in A&E | by


Visiting featured artist Jonathan Swanz discusses his career as an artist and explains his glass-blown series to an audience in Building 11. Swanz’s exhibit Vibrant Matter will be on display in the gallery in Building 10 from March 31 to April 24. [Alex Quadrini/ The Torch]

Chemistry, architecture, engineering discussed with glass media

Jonathan Swanz, an artist specializing in glass sculptures, visited students in Building 10 to talk about his work and process. Accompanying his talk was a large installation named “Rites of Passage.”

He explained this piece as one of self-reflection, as there are several “portals,” or doorways, made entirely out of mirrors that hang from the ceiling.

Most of the work for this show was made in Louisville, Ky. Swanz also teaches in Hawaii, where he currently lives, and has a special interest in incorporating glass and ceramic art.

In Building 11, Swanz’s sculptures are displayed on reflective tables and stands, emphasizing the reflective properties of glass light and color.

“I made some of the clear pieces in Hawaii and silver pieces in Kentucky, so (the pieces) never met until they got to (Lane),” Swanz said. “I kept saying in my head, ‘I hope this works.’”

“When I went into college I wanted to major in art and double-minor in physics and philosophy,” Swanz said. “My adviser was completely confused.”

Chemistry, architecture and engineering are large parts of his work through the intense process of heating, cooling and spinning.

“With my interest in the nature of materials and how they behave, and working with them in unique ways,
trying to take traditional foundations of glass-making, but then approach- ing it in a unique way; having a knowledge of how things work, coming from physics or biology, it forms the way I approach the material,” Swanz says.

Safety is a big concern with glass- making and blowing.

“You are going to get burned. You have to wear an ammonia respirator,” Swanz said.

The exhibition will run for four weeks, from March 31 to April 24.

Comment via Facebook

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Recent Posts

11_07_Classsize Larger classes upset teachers Lane Community College instructors complained about increased class sizes to the Board of Education at...
ASLCCDUNKTANK Lane’s 50th anniversary off to a big start Students welcomed with information, fun and food Lane Community College was alive with the buzz...
Torch logo The Torch staff: advice and learning Alyssa sutton Editor-in-chief For the last time, I am creating a document on Google Drive,...
Torch logo Athletics pinches pennies Coaches decide how to accomodate 24 percent budget reduction After taking a 24 percent revenue...
Signing_Sports_AS Bemidji scoops up second Titan For the second time in four weeks, a Lane basketball player has committed to play...

Torch Twitter


April 2014
« Mar   May »