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By: | Posted: 04/18/2013
by Taylor Selcke
This weekend, stop by The Grand Hand Gallery in St. Paul, where artist Alan Honn will be showcasing original glass artwork.
The pop up show will feature handblown barware, tumblers, and vases—perfect for summer barbecue/wedding/birthday party gift giving. Or you could just keep the pieces for yourself. (I wouldn’t blame you!)
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“While we carry Al’s glassware year-round, the pop up is an opportunity to offer an expanded selection of his latest work—new bowl and vase designs—in addition to his best-selling forms: functional tumblers, goblets and pilsners,” says Grand Hand Gallery manager Susan Clayton.
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The show is a culmination of three months of work, but Honn has been experimenting with glass as an art form for more than three decades. In fact, he became so immersed with working in the molten medium that he went on to earn a BFA with a focus on glass from the University of Minnesota.
“Hot glass is a thing you can't put down,” Honn says. “Heat and gravity are the constants, dexterity the means. Blowing glass is a dance with a 2000-degree liquid to achieve a worthy remembrance.”
Attendees will be able to purchase a variety of handmade items, but the show will also offer a chance for patrons of Honn’s work to meet him in person—an opportunity that Honn is looking forward to as well.
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“I am looking forward to receiving responses to the new work and to interacting with people about their curiosities and interest in the arts, glass, and otherwise,” he says.
The show is free and open to the public. April 19-20, 12-5 p.m.
619 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 651-312-1122, thegrandhand.com
Jennifer Blaise Kramer is Mpls.St.Paul Magazine’s home editor. See bio
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