Co-sponsored by Opalka Gallery and the Department of Art + Design, this second installment of the 2014-15 Artist Lecture Series at Sage College of Albany will feature glass artist Scott Pernicka and his experience of using fire as a tool in his art practice.
Pernicka was born in Santa Fe and grew up on a cattle ranch in northern New Mexico. During college, Pernicka enjoyed exploring the three dimensional space of sculpture and the importance of color in painting. Working in glass and combining the qualities of color and form, Scott continually discovers new creative possibilities in his art practice.
Borosilicate glass, also known as hard glass, starts melting at a temperature of 1200 degrees. Using a torch fueled by propane and oxygen, Scott heats the clear glass to an average of 2500 degrees to form and shape it, then adds colors made from different metal oxides. This style of glass blowing known as flame or lamp working, is very intricate and quite valuable due to the extremely high temperatures required to work with the material.
Pernicka’s glass orbs, jewelry, and sculptures can be found in galleries across the United States and are held in private collections throughout the world.