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Kids Design Glass

on July 19, 2010

A friend of mine is in town this week, and I suggested she might want to see the Glass Museum in Tacoma. After looking at their website, I think I want to see the Glass Museum’s exhibit, Kids Design Glass! What a great idea!

The following is how the Glass Musuem’s Website describes the program:

Kids Design Glass is an exhibition that pays tribute to the imagination of children. It showcases 52 glass sculptures designed by children who participated in the Kids Design Glass program. All of the “creatures” were crafted by professional artists in the Museum of Glass Hot Shop, making it a uniquely MOG exhibition.

Kids Design Glass began as a temporary education program in conjunction with Murano: Glass from the Olnick Spanu Collection, a traveling exhibition that came to MOG in 2004. The exhibition highlighted the symbiotic relationship between designers and glassblowers who make works of art in glass. Similarly, the underlying concept of the Kids Design Glass program illustrates the interrelationship of these roles. A child draws a design—generally a fantastical creature—names it, and writes a brief explanation or story about his or her creation. The Museum’s Hot Shop Team selects one design every month based on its aesthetic merits and transforms the two-dimensional drawing into a three-dimensional sculpture. As the designer, the child directs the artists as they make two sculptures—one for the child to take home and the other for MOG’s Permanent Collection.

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