Art

Andrew Magdanz discusses his creations with Martha's Vineyard Glassworks gallery visitors Stephen and Marie Weil: Photos by Ralph Stewart
Artist Andrew Magdanz (center) discusses his sumptuous creations with Martha's Vineyard Glassworks gallery visitors Stephen and Marie Weil. Photos by Ralph Stewart

The music of glass

By Pat Waring - July 13, 2006

Glass artist Andrew Magdanz is showing a striking collection of large vessels inspired by musical terminology - A Deux Mains, Brio, Brav├║ra - at the Martha's Vineyard Glassworks gallery through July. Mr. Magdanz, an extensively experienced and widely exhibited artist is co-founder of the Glassworks with his wife, glass artist Susan Shapiro, and resident artist Mark Weiner, and also operates Avon Place Glass in Cambridge.

"Fire and Magic," by Andrew Magdanz on display at the Martha's Vineyard Glassworks in West Tisbury: Photo by Ralph Stewart
"Fire and Magic," one of several lush vessels by Andrew Magdanz on display at the Martha's Vineyard Glassworks in West Tisbury.

Viewers must cast aside any preconceptions about what glass looks like as they enter the tiny upstairs gallery above the blowing floor. Mr. Magdanz's statuesque vases and voluptuous bowls have such depth of color one can get lost. The opaque surfaces, burnished to a gleam like polished stone, seem layered with natural hues, subtle earth tones - ochre, gold, lavender, aquamarine, moss green, brilliant crimson. The three-dimensional and textural effect is so startling, one can become delightfully disoriented. Dive into the vase whose tones of midnight blue rival the night sky, complete with sparkling stars; bask in the warmth of a red and orange-toned vessel, cool glass that appears to blaze and glow; meander through the many feelings of a bowl created in woodland hues, leaf green, the browns and rusts of a forest floor.

"The multi-layering of colored spirals, speckles, and shards of glass are like individual musical notes to me," writes this eloquent and talented artist. "Combined together, they make a visual orchestration similar to music frozen in time."

Martha's Vineyard Glassworks, State Rd., West Tisbury. Opened daily 10 am to 6 pm.
For more information call 508-693-6026 or visit mvglassworks.com.