Wendell Castle

, The Wendell Castle Collection
A classic martini set inspired by the form of rocketships. Feet and handles pierce the bodies of the martini pitcher and glasses. The shapes were blown and assembled.
Wendell Castle GlassLab designer
American, b. 1932
I really like the way one shape mushes into another. I do that in wood and steel and other materials, and it’s particularly good in glass because it actually does mush.

Wendell Castle was born in Emporia, Kansas in 1932.  He graduated from the University of Kansas with a B.F.A. in industrial design in 1958, and a M.F.A. in sculpture in 1961.

From 1962 through 1969, Castle taught at the Rochester Institute of Technology, School for American Crafts, in Rochester, NY, where he is now an artist-in-residence.  In 1980, Castle opened the Wendell Castle School in Scottsville, NY, where woodworking and furniture design are taught.  In 1988, the school became part of the Rochester Institute of Technology.  In 1998, Castle founded The Wendell Castle Collection, where he works with a design team to create furniture for residential, hospitality, and contract markets.

Castle is known throughout the world for his furniture designs in wood, plastic, and bronze.  His work is represented in many major museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, the Museum of Arts and Design, and the Brooklyn Museum in New York, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Detroit Art Institute, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

Awards and honors include a Visual Artists Fellowship Grant and three other grants from the National Endowment for the Arts between 1973 and 1988, the 1994 Visionaries Award from the American Craft Museum,  the 1999 Master of the Medium Award from The James Renwick Alliance of the National Museum of American Art, the 2001 Award of Distinction presented by the Furniture Society, the 2003 Outstanding Achievement Award from The National Association of Schools of Art & Design, and the 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Design from the Brooklyn Museum of Art. 

Videos: 

During Art Basel in June, 2010, GlassLab presented at the Vitra Design Museum. Designer Wendell Castle describes working at GlassLab during this event.

Designer Wendell Castle describes working at GlassLab during a two-day design session at The Corning Museum of Glass, June 19 - 20, 2012.

Events
GlassLab at Musée des Arts Décoratifs
GlassLab at Musée des Arts Décoratifs |
October 22 - 27, 2013 from 11:00am 5:30pm
The Corning Museum of Glass partners with the Musée des Arts Décoratifs to present GlassLab, the Museum’s design program, in Paris. Free, public design performances with top French designers will... more
GlassLab Design Session: Wendell Castle
GlassLab Design Session: Wendell Castle |
June 19 - 20, 2012 from 10:00am - 12:00pm
Designer Wendell Castle works with Museum glassmakers to explore and prototype his design concepts in a public GlassLab session at the Museum’s Hot Glass Show on the Courtyard Stage. Sessions run... more
Designs by Sigga Heimis, GlassLab 2010
GlassLab at Vitra Design Museum |
June 14 - 20, 2010
The Vitra Design Museum and The Corning Museum of Glass partnered together during Art Basel, the world's premier international art show for modern and contemporary works, to provide GlassLab on the... more
Process: 
Designer Wendell Castle at GlassLab
Designer Wendell Castle at GlassLab
Designer Wendell Castle at GlassLab
Designer Wendell Castle at GlassLab
Designer Wendell Castle at GlassLab
Designer Wendell Castle at GlassLab
Designer Wendell Castle at GlassLab
Designer Wendell Castle at GlassLab
Designer Wendell Castle at GlassLab
Designer Wendell Castle at GlassLab
Design drawing by Wendell Castle for GlassLab in Corning, 2012
Design drawing by Wendell Castle for GlassLab in Corning, 2012
Design drawing by Wendell Castle for GlassLab in Corning, 2012
Design drawing by Wendell Castle for GlassLab in Corning, 2012
Design drawing by Wendell Castle for GlassLab in Corning, 2012
Designer Wendell Castle at GlassLab in Corning, NY, June 19 - 20, 2012
Designer Wendell Castle at GlassLab in Corning, NY, June 19 - 20, 2012
Designer Wendell Castle at GlassLab in Corning, NY, June 19 - 20, 2012
Designer Wendell Castle at GlassLab in Corning, NY, June 19 - 20, 2012
Designer Wendell Castle at GlassLab in Corning, NY, June 19 - 20, 2012
Designer Wendell Castle at GlassLab in Corning, NY, June 19 - 20, 2012
Designer Wendell Castle at GlassLab in Corning, NY, June 19 - 20, 2012
Designer Wendell Castle at GlassLab in Corning, NY, June 19 - 20, 2012
Gaffer Chris Rochelle works on a prototype designed by Wendell Castle, June 2012
Designer Wendell Castle at GlassLab in Corning, NY, June 19 - 20, 2012
Designer Wendell Castle at GlassLab in Corning, NY, June 19 - 20, 2012
Designer Wendell Castle at GlassLab in Corning, NY, June 19 - 20, 2012
Designer Wendell Castle at GlassLab in Corning, NY, June 19 - 20, 2012
Designer Wendell Castle at GlassLab in Corning, NY, June 19 - 20, 2012
Designer Wendell Castle at GlassLab in Corning, NY, June 19 - 20, 2012
Designer Wendell Castle at GlassLab in Corning, NY, June 19 - 20, 2012
Designer Wendell Castle at GlassLab in Corning, NY, June 19 - 20, 2012
Designer Wendell Castle at GlassLab in Corning, NY, June 19 - 20, 2012
Designer Wendell Castle at GlassLab in Corning, NY, June 19 - 20, 2012
Designer Wendell Castle at GlassLab in Corning, NY, June 19 - 20, 2012
Designer Wendell Castle at GlassLab in Corning, NY, June 19 - 20, 2012
Designer Wendell Castle at GlassLab in Corning, NY, June 19 - 20, 2012
Designer Wendell Castle at GlassLab in Corning, NY, June 19 - 20, 2012
Gaffer G Brian Juk works on a prototype designed by Wendell Castle, June 2012
Design prototype by Wendell Castle for GlassLab, June 2012
Designer Wendell Castle at GlassLab in Corning, NY, June 19 - 20, 2012
Designer Wendell Castle at GlassLab in Corning, NY, June 19 - 20, 2012
Designer Wendell Castle at GlassLab in Corning, NY, June 19 - 20, 2012
Designer Wendell Castle at GlassLab in Corning, NY, June 19 - 20, 2012
Design prototype by Wendell Castle for GlassLab, June 2012
Design prototype by Wendell Castle for GlassLab, June 2012
Design model by Wendell Castle for GlassLab, 2013
Designer Wendell Castle in a GlassLab design session in Corning, May, 2013
Designer Wendell Castle in a GlassLab design session in Corning, May, 2013
Designer Wendell Castle in a GlassLab design session in Corning, May, 2013
Designer Wendell Castle in a GlassLab design session in Corning, May, 2013
Designer Wendell Castle in a GlassLab design session in Corning, May, 2013
Designer Wendell Castle in a GlassLab design session in Corning, May, 2013
Designer Wendell Castle in a GlassLab design session in Corning, May, 2013
Designer Wendell Castle in a GlassLab design session in Corning, May, 2013
Designer Wendell Castle in a GlassLab design session in Corning, May, 2013
Designer Wendell Castle in a GlassLab design session in Corning, May, 2013
Design prototype by Wendell Castle for GlassLab, 2013
Designer Wendell Castle in a GlassLab design session in Paris, 2013
Designer Wendell Castle in a GlassLab design session in Paris, 2013
Design prototype by Wendell Castle for GlassLab Paris, 2013. Photo credit Diedi von Schaewen.
Designer Wendell Castle in a GlassLab design session in Paris, 2013. Photo credit Diedi von Schaewen.
Designer Wendell Castle in a GlassLab design session in Paris, 2013. Photo credit Diedi von Schaewen.
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