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Studio Faculty Presentation: James Mongrain, Victor Trabucco, and Emma Varga

The Studio
January 9, 2018 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Guggenheim Set by James Mongrain

This week features James Mongrain, Victor Trabucco, and Emma Varga in the Studio Faculty Presentations series.

Hear from some of the best-known glassmakers in the world through free, informal public lectures by Studio faculty, Tuesday nights throughout the winter class sessions.


James Mongrain

James Mongrain

James Mongrain was introduced to glass at Moorhead State University in Minnesota, and later studied glassblowing at Massachusetts College of Art and the Appalachian Center for Crafts. He has worked with Jim Dine, Kiki Smith, Jeff Koons, Robert Wilson, and Walter Lieberman. In 1997, Mongrain opened Mongrain Glass in Mukilteo, Wash.

Victor Trabucco

Victor Trabucco

Victor Trabucco began working with glass in 1974 after seeing a flameworker make a sculpture. He knew this was what he wanted to do for his life’s work. Trabucco says that, “Glass is the ultimate challenge; it has properties of no other material and offers the artist possibilities that are inspiring for the creative process.

Emma Varga (Photo by Rhoda Baer)

Emma Varga

Emma Varga has created a diverse body of sculptural work using her complex and laborious multiple-layer technique. Her creative process is a highly focused, but incredibly calming, game in which she “plays” with thousands of tiny glass elements that are strategically assembled with precision, to achieve the intended internal energy, light flow, and pattern.