Not grandmas glass

Habatat michigan

2021 & Beyond
A year-long competition and exhibition

what iS NGG?

In 2021 Habatat, Royal Oak, Michigan, will 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 2021 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 2022 and to do that the Not Grandma’s Glass presentation will be a competition. Of the 12 artists in the competition only 4 will be selected to participate the following year. This selection process will be voted on in public allowing the world to pick its favorites. The voting submission system will be hosted on the Not Grandma’s Glass website as well.

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 have are not understood by the children of collectors. An TheArtling 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 2021, the first presentation will be hosted on www.NotGrandmasGlass.com and continue monthly through the year. Winners will be chosen in December of 2021 and receive the NGG Award to celebrate their victory before going back to the studio for their 2022 presentations.

Habatat would like to congratulate and welcome the artists invited for 2021. Each artist selected their own month and we are excited to announce the first ever roster for the Not Grandma’s Glass exhibition and competition: Morgan Peterson, Matt Eskuche, Michael Janis and Tony Porto collaboration, John Moran, Jon Boley aka Shaggy, Chad Fonfara, Petra Hrebackova, Caterina Urrata-Weintraub, Joseph Ivacic, Dean Allison, Anthony Amoako Attah, and Krista Israel.

2021 Not Grandma’s Glass Participating Artists:
On the 1st of the every month in 2021 a link will be posted under the artist’s name below sharing their Not Grandma’s Glass presentation.

This is where the fun really starts. Habatat plans to continue this exhibition in 2022 and to do that the Not Grandma’s Glass presentation will be a competition. Of the 12 artists in the competition only 4 will be selected to participate the following year. This selection process will be voted on in public allowing the world to pick its favorites. The voting submission system will be hosted on the Not Grandma’s Glass website as well.

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 have are not understood by the children of collectors. An TheArtling 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 2021, the first presentation will be hosted on www.NotGrandmasGlass.com and continue monthly through the year. Winners will be chosen in December of 2021 and receive the NGG Award to celebrate their victory before going back to the studio for their 2022 presentations.

Habatat would like to congratulate and welcome the artists invited for 2021. Each artist selected their own month and we are excited to announce the first ever roster for the Not Grandma’s Glass exhibition and competition: Morgan Peterson, Matt Eskuche, Michael Janis and Tony Porto collaboration, John Moran, Jon Boley aka Shaggy, Chad Fonfara, Petra Hrebackova, Caterina Urrata-Weintraub, Joseph Ivacic, Dean Allison, Anthony Amoako Attah, and Krista Israel.

2021 Not Grandma’s Glass Participating Artists:
On the 1st of the every month in 2021 a link will be posted under the artist’s name below sharing their Not Grandma’s Glass presentation.

Dean Allison received his Master of Art, Visual Arts in glass from The Australian National University in Canberra in 2010 and a B.S. in Studio Arts from Illinois State University in 2001. He is an artist pushing the medium of glass with his elegant, powerful, and brilliant portrait sculptures. Each sculpture is made unique, reflecting on the sculpture’s physical emotions in the artist subtle monochromatic style. Dean Allison’s work is collections both public and private across the globe.

I create art to get the viewer to think. The narratives of these pieces are inspired by contemporary life. My compositions of faux installations are filled with stenciled text and imagery providing the viewer with subtle hints that the work is not what they perceive. Our modern-day truths are what we say they are and our sense of reality is skewed based on our perspective, the simplest way to sum that up is with the moniker “Paradigm Shift”.

I find inspiration for my work in memories, dreams and nature. Drawing from such things gives me the ability to embrace or alter my relationship with them. The inherent fragile nature of glass and its unique relationship with light make it the perfect material to realize these ideas.

I come from Czech Republic and I live and work in Prague. I studied ceramics and porcelain at Academy of Arts, Architecture, and Design in Prague too. After studies I spent several years producing ceramics and porcelain in my studio. But I had a very close connection to glass material because I grew up in an artistic family with a glassmaking tradition. Now I am happy to be able to continue this tradition. - Petra Hrebackova

“I’ve gone through many materials. All seem to be founded in traditional processes that demand some technical skill. I was trained in sculpture long before taking to glass. By building on practice, the immediacy of working in off-hand glass gives me an opportunity to go from sketch to solid form in the course of some hours - a stark contrast to the patient months of work I dedicated to creating in cast metals, carved wood, sculptural ceramics, or construction materials. The forces acting on my work are structural, societal, environmental, worldly, and well as my own personal mindset. How does an individual bear all this weight? How are we formed and deformed by it?”

Jon "Shaggy "Boley is a 44 year old artist born in Missouri and has been based in Oregon for the last 23 years. He has over 25 years of lampworking experience. He started in high school with 104 coe beads and transitioned to 33 coe in 1997. He mainly focuses on sculpturing and complex assemblies with organic flow and color. He has won over 25 awards from competitions and is a self described "renaissance artist." Jon is a musician, painter, jeweler, stone and wood sculpture, as well as a glass artist.

John Moran is a politically and socially engaged glass sculptor, mixed media artist, and all around nice guy. Originally from Philadelphia, he resides in Ghent, Belgium. He received his BFA from Tyler School of Art, MFA from Illinois State University, and is pursuing his PhD at Eugeniusz Geppert Academy in Wroclaw. He has participated in several residency programs and has exhibited in galleries and museums across the United States and Europe. His work focuses on his interests in politics, pop culture, social awareness, and contemporary art.
View an interview on Beautiful Bizzare:

The works in the new series “My Hero!” celebrate and re-envision the possibilities that exist when you have a magic cape, lasso, or some superhuman power that changes everything. We’ve both loved toys, cartoons and action figures since being kids, so this place is right smack in our nostalgic wheelhouse. Star Wars, WrestleMania, super-heroes, GI Joe—oh yes, yes, yes. We walk a really fun line between taking this stuff seriously and also being able to laugh at it all. Which makes sense. These are action figures, after all. But they’re also important to so many of us, at least in our memories. We love them because we essentially can never be like they are, and we all know that; the desire for something becomes stronger when we cannot have it.

In the series we pay homage to the underdogs of pop culture with these figures that often stand in as avatars for ourselves—“alternatives to us whom we can interact with”—which act out the fantasies, beliefs, and values that shape our understanding of the world. We are looking to create a universe halfway between fantasy and reality, exploring the possibilities of illustration, narrative, and sculpture. Imbued with a physical and spiritual depth, our figures evoke a multiplicity of narratives that are at once whimsical and distressing, capturing the complexities and outlandishness of our own existence.

The collaborative works are little tokens of love, nods to shared experiences and jokes, meant to make the viewer laugh and cry a bit too.

We want them to allow us to “go home again” for a little while.

Launching on Saturday, February 13th at 11:00 a.m. ET.
One of the few artists who has managed to break through and achieve mainstream recognition, Matt has worked out how to toe the line as both a pipe maker and exhibition artist. With his iconic trash glass style, Matt has taken the mundane everyday objects that we throw in the trash and transformed them into amazing functional glass pieces. With his work becoming more and more well know, look for Matt to make big advancements in the years to come. – Illuzion Glass Galleries

Born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, Morgan Peterson is a 2006 graduate of Massachusetts College of Art and Design with dual degrees. Upon completion of her degrees, she relocated to Seattle, WA. to pursue a career in the arts and to continue her education and advancement in the glass community. Morgan has worked for many notable artists including Buster Simpson and Bruce Mau. Currently she is a full-time team member for Dale Chihuly. She is heavily involved with Pratt Fine Arts and Pilchuck Glass School not only as a member of the staff but also as in instructor. Her work has developed inside and outside these industrial spaces into a unique system of metaphor and imagery based on the themes of satire through pop culture and addiction. Morgan was included in The Young Glass Exhibition, hosted by The Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, which is an international competition that only occurs once a decade. She has also participated in multiple group shows as of 2019.

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