Not grandmas glass

Habatat Detroit Fine Art

2022 & Beyond
A year-long competition and exhibition

what is NGG?

Habatat Detroit Fine Art is honored to continue the innovative Not Grandma’s Glass presentation into its second year. NGG2021 was featured in multiple publications and even featured on television last year as it celebrated the work of 12 incredible innovative and talented artists from around the world. Congratulations to each of the participates and you are invited to view their presentations on the NGG archive button above.

Four winners have been selected to participate once again in 2022. These winners are artists Morgan Peterson, Joseph Ivacic, John Moran, and Krista Israel.

In 2022 Habatat Detroit Fine Art, will once again promote a year-long glass competition featuring 12 artists who have pushed beyond the norm of the contemporary art world. All 12 have impressive talent and creative vision and are expected to be driving forces in the future. Each artist has chosen a single month of the year during 2022 to create an online presentation. Habatat has asked each of them to create on such a level that the body of work could be displayed at their dream museum. They will create and share their presentations that will offers unique experiences into that artists’ worlds. This will be done completely at the artist’s discretion and offer both a glimpse into each artist’s message and work for purchase as well.

This is where the fun really starts. Habatat plans to continue this exhibition in 2023 and to do that the NGG presentation will be a competition. Of the 12 artists in the competition only 4 will be selected to participate the following year.

With a title like this, Habatat plans to create an awareness in those who hear about it. This exhibition and competition drives focus to the work of these 12 important artists and, more importantly, visitors will expect to see work that grandma does not have her in glass collection. A bit of shock and awe that the contemporary glass art world needs. The art world is ever changing and Habatat is personally responsible to represent and promote artists who are pushing glass beyond traditional craft.

The story goes when I (Aaron Schey) started my career at Habatat Galleries the topic of a client’s collection would often arise. When family was brought up the collectors would mention that the artwork in their home was referred to by the next generation as “Oh that’s just grandma’s glass.” The historic collections that many of our collectors are not understood by the children of collectors. The article posted here even helps define how future art collectors will collect. The title of this exhibition plays on the phrase above. The artists participating in this innovative exhibition/competition create in such a new manner focused on the younger generation and what the next generation is likely to collect. These works are probably not in grandma’s art collection…yet. The work in this online adventure exhibition would be glass celebrated for all generations pushing far beyond the norm and all expectations. These artists are extremely innovative and I propose that they will all be important in the future of the glass medium.

Starting January of 2022, the first presentation will be hosted on and continue monthly through the year. Winners will be chosen in December of 2022 and receive the NGG Award to celebrate their victory before going back to the studio for their 2023 presentations.

Habatat would like to congratulate and welcome the artists invited for 2022. Each artist selected their own month and we are excited to announce the 2022 roster for the NGG exhibition and competition: Pearl Dick, Alex Krueger, Daniel Coyle, Jaime Guerrero, Morag Reekie, Cheryl Derricotte, Danny White, Zac Weinberg, Joseph Ivacic, Krista Israel, John Moran, and Morgan Peterson.

Near the first of every month in 2022 a link will be posted under the artist’s name below sharing their NGG presentation as well as to their artist talk.

Pearl Dick is a glass artist and community builder based in Chicago, IL. She is the artistic director of Firebird Community Arts, and co-founder of Project FIRE, a program designed to promote healing through glassblowing for young people who have been injured by gun violence. Pearl has been working with glass for over 20 years and shows her work in galleries and museums around the country. She was honored to have recently been a visiting artist at the Museum of Glass hot shop in Tacoma, WA while her work was included in Transparency, a group show at the museum comprised of LGBTQIA+ glass artists. Along with creating artwork that speaks to human connection, Pearl is a dedicated teacher and activist advocating for greater access, diversity, and inclusion in the glass community.

Coming soon

Want to see more NGG artists? Check out the artists from previous years