BOYERTOWN PA – Boyertown’s Taylor Backes glass studio, in The Emerald Building at Second and Washington Streets, was honored Friday night (Sept. 27, 2013) with the “Artist As Hero” Award presented during the “Glass Now Weekend And Auction” at the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, the Building A Better Boyertown organization reported. The event continues through Sunday (Sept. 29).
The studio’s Will Dexter and Karla Trinkley were scheduled to be saluted during what Building A Better Boyertown called “the most anticipated glass event of the year” at the museum, 321 Chestnut St., Philadelphia. The pair has exhibited their work nationally and internationally, and founded Taylor Backes in 1981 to create innovative, evocative, traditional and contemporary glass art,” the organization said.
Their work is in the permanent collections of The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The American Craft Museum, The Corning Museum of Glass and the Smithsonian Institute.
One of their works, titled “Tidal Waters,” (right) was created for the Reading Hospital Cardiology Unit in Reading PA. The blown glass forms appear to have been plucked from the water when wet and transferred into this new domain. With it, their stated goal “was to evoke a tranquil environment reminiscent of a tropical tidal pool, in order to project a healing message to patients and visitors.”
Taylor Bakes offers day-long glass blowing classes at the studio. Small group or individual instruction for both beginner and advanced students is available. All students receive an introduction to glass and an opportunity to tap their creative potential. For more information, call Etta Boettger at 610-367-4600.
National Liberty Museum photo from Google Images
Tidal Waters photo from Building A Better Boyertown