March 13 at 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Join us Saturday mornings over a cup of coffee (in your favorite handmade mug, of course) for a virtual visit with our special guest! Each week a different artist will take you inside their studio and show you what’s behind the work in a fun, interactive format via Zoom. Shop their collection of work available at petersvalleygallery.org, and have all of your questions answered by the artist and our gallery staff. Note: There is a single registration link for the entire series. Once registered, you’ll receive notifications and links before each subsequent event.
This week we’re joined from Charlotte, NC by Jake Pfeifer of Hot Glass Alley, who creates glass vessels, small sculptures, functional pieces, seasonal gifts, and art glass objects in several unique series and forms.
Jake, glass artist, and owner of Hot Glass Alley, has been blowing glass since he was 14 years old. Even at that young age, Jake could see the technical challenges, but also the range of possibilities in using glass as an art medium. He worked during high school with an experienced glass blower in New Jersey, and took as many classes as possible. He learned to blow glass and create glass art pieces; graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2010 with a BFA in glass and glass sculpture. Jake’s inspiration and creativity comes in many forms; and the work is personal. Each piece receives his enthusiasm and perseverance for excellence. His vision for each piece encompasses an understanding of the properties and movement of glass and application of color. Jake uses a large color palette and doesn’t limit himself to just a few colors or shapes. His work is both functional and sculptural.
Jake wants to engage people to look at the work over and over, and find something new and beautiful each time. In the end, the goal is for each piece to promote an understanding and appreciation of glass art. Each piece is part of his journey.