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Joanna Manousis is Expanding the Limits of Cast Glass.

Currently teaching in the Penland glass studio, Joanna Manousis is showing her students how to create residual, ‘core’ details within solid, kiln-cast glass.

Joanna is a A PhD researcher at the National Glass Centre in the UK where she has spent years exploring negative space, reflectivity, and magnification in glass.

“Glass is my chosen medium and I am drawn to its contrasting qualities–transparent yet solid, it simultaneously reveals yet barricades,” she told us.

Here are some images of her stunning work:

Indra’s Web Crystal / Mirror / Stainless Steel / Aluminum 64″ x 53″ x 4.5″
The Golden Thread, Core-Cast, Hand-Polished, Cut Crystal / 24-Carat Gold Mirror 16.25” x 9.75” x 3” / 11” x 11.5” x 3.75”
Parr Diamonds, Cast Crystal, Glass, Stainless Steel, Oil Paint 62h x 37w x 4d inches

Joanna and the students in her workshop have been working hard in the Penland glass studio. We are excited to see what they create.

Learn more about Joanna’s fascinating practice.

-Check out her recent appearance on the Talking Out Your Glass podcast.

-For those in Western North Carolina, there is an opportunity to hear Joanna speak this Sunday at Momentum Gallery from 2:00 to 4:00 PM.

Joanna Manousis
Studio artist, PhD researcher; teaching: Alfred University (NY), Ohio State University, College for Creative Studies (Detroit); awards: Margaret M. Mead Award, Hans Godo Frabel Award; residencies: Museum of Arts and Design (NYC), The Corning Museum (NY), Cité Internationale des Arts (France); collections: Glasmuseet Ebeltoft (Denmark), Glasmuseum Lette (Germany), Huntsville Museum (AL), Ringling Museum (FL); representation: Heller Gallery (NYC), Momentum Gallery (NC), Seager Gray Gallery (CA), Vessel Gallery, London.

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Photo of the Week: Gravity Casting


Juvana Soliven casting bronze using the awesome power of gravity in this session’s metals workshop taught by Suzanne Pugh. Suzanne decided to focus the workshop on gravity casting rather than centrifugal or vacuum casting because it’s cheaper to set up in a home studio and also opens the possibility of making larger-scale work.