Museum of Glass Welcomes Visiting Artist Tom Rowney, July 24 – 28

Tacoma, Wash. — Australian artist Tom Rowney will be the Visiting Artist in the Hot Shop at Museum of Glass from Wednesday, July 24 through Sunday, July 28. This residency concludes with a lecture on Sunday, July 28 at 2:00 p.m which will be streamed live from the Museum’s website.

“Tom Rowney’s implementation of rigorous Venetian technique from a contemporary viewpoint always yields interesting work,” states Susan Warner, Executive Director of the Museum of Glass. “We are excited to have him working in our hot shop for a second time.”

Throughout his work, Tom Rowney has maintained an interest in creating geometric forms and graphic line with the precision and accuracy provided by Venetian glass-blowing technique. Most recently, his Maelstrom series narrates the water-like qualities of glass while exploring the relationship between the medium’s solid and molten states. Rowney also uses Venetian caneworking throughout the series to maintain strong geometric line while referencing the swirling effects of flowing water. Of the pieces from his Maelstrom series, Rowney states, “Each form has its own memory of liquid water; a drip, a drop, a splash.”

Tom Rowney began his career as a trainee at Budgeree Glass Factory with fellow Australian glass artist, Nick Mount. He then went on to receive his undergraduate degree in glass from Australian National University Canberra School of Art. Following his graduation, Tom Rowney briefly worked at the Denizen Glass Studio before working as a glass artist and hot glass assistant at Benjamin Edols and Kathy Elliot’s studio in Brookvale, Australia. Tom Rowney’s career has also been marked by numerous teaching opportunities at such premiere institutions as Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, WA, Vetroricerca Glas and Modern in Bolzano, Italy, and Canberra School of Art, in Canberra, ACT. Tom Rowney currently resides in New South Wales and has worked as the technical manager at Canberra Glassworks since 2006.

Currently on view at Museum of Glass are multiple pieces from Rowney’s Maelstrom series as part of the exhibition Links: Australian Glass and the Pacific Northwest on view until January 2014.

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Museum of Glass is sponsored in part by Alaska Airlines, Forest Foundation, The Ben B. Cheney Foundation, City of Tacoma Arts Commission, ArtsFund, The Dimmer Family Foundation, and The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation.