HGB - GLASS Magazine

HGB - GLASS Magazine

Post by MikeFir » Wed, 01 Jul 1998 04:00:00



 GLASS #71 [GLASS Magazine, UrbanGlass, 647 Fulton St., Brooklyn NY 11217-1112,
1-718-625-3685, $28/yr, $52/2yr,
qrtrly] has arrived with a "Special Issue" on Glassblowing, never mind that
most of what they feature is furnace worked
glass, in this case they mean the process, with some special photos, a good
essay with photos on Dante Marioni's work, and
an odd feature story titled "Is Glassblowing Dance?"
        I consider the story odd first because it should be obvious to anyone who has
had any contact with modern dance and
who has ever worked with a group of people making a piece in glass that furnace
working of glass is closely related to the
needs of dance even if it is not synchronized with the often loud (and ugly to
my mind) music selected by the gaffer.  The
relationship, if by nothing else, is pointed up by the fact that virtually
every hot shop in the world has an audience area.
        But what makes the story really odd is the method GLASS chose for testing
their thesis: they paid someone from the
Dance Notation Bureau to come and notate a session in Labanotation, which is
used for recording dance movements.  Three
notations of sessions are published and are acclaimed as showing the complexity
of glassblowing and of being beautiful
graphics.  
        Unfortunately, since almost none of the readers have ever seen Labanotation
and the magazine did not choose to publish
an example of a notation of a dance lasting about as long as the glass session,
we have no idea of the relative complexity or
beauty of the two as represented by the examples of two people working.

 Mike Firth, Hot Bits furnace glassblowing newsletter

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