Amber Cowan

Amber Cowan’s sculptural ​glass work​ is based around the use of recycled, up-cycled, and second-life American pressed glass. Through the processes of flameworking, hot-sculpting and glassblowing she creates large-scale sculptures that overwhelm the viewer with ornate abstraction and viral accrual. With an instinctive nature towards horror vacui, her pieces reference memory, domesticity and the loss of an industry through the re-use of common items from the aesthetic dustbin of American design. Cowan holds an MFA in Glass/Ceramics from Tyler School of Art of Temple University in Philadelphia where she is a current glass department faculty member. She has also taught classes at The Pilchuck Glass School, Penland School of Crafts and The Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass. She was the recipient and creator of the 2014 Rakow Commission from The Corning Museum of Glass. Her work is in the permanent collections of The Museum of Art and Design, The RISD Museum, The Shanghai Museum of Glass, The Toledo Museum of Art and are promised gifts to the de Young Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco. Cowan has had solo exhibitions at The Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco, The Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Massachusetts.

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