—Amy G. Moorefield, Executive Director, Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass
An Opportunity to Support YOUR collection:
Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass has an exciting opportunity to purchase a significant sculptural artwork. Titled To Know A Veil, the piece was featured in the exhibition, Between Us: A Retrospective of Works by John Littleton and Kate Vogel. This exhibition was heavily attended and featured more than fifty artworks by John Littleton and Kate Vogel, nationally renowned American Studio Glass Movement artists who work and reside in Bakersville, North Carolina.
The acquisition of this important glass sculpture would continue a museum tradition of supporting artists through the purchase of their work. With a match from the museum’s acquisition fund, Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass is seeking funds in the amount of $9,000 for purchase of this piece de resistance. We ask for YOUR help in supporting our acquisition match to make the museum a permanent home for To Know A Veil.
About To Know A Veil:
To Know A Veil, 2001 represents one of the final works in John and Kate’s Clarity Imprisoned series of pour-cast glass sculptures depicting predominantly negative cast representations of human faces, arms and hands. These castings represented a departure in technique and process from the artists’ earlier hot glass creations. Andi Steele, the artists’ studio assistant served as the model for the casting, which was created by pouring molten glass around a positive mold taken from the subject’s head, hands and forearms. The work was allowed to anneal, after which time the investment material was removed from the artwork using metal tools. In effect, this created an open cavity representational of the subject’s features, including the held veil form.
About the Artists:
Kate Vogel and John Littleton’s creative partnership began in 1979 after meeting as art students at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Their work has appeared in several group exhibitions, such as the Sculpture Objects and Functional Art (SOFA) in Chicago and the Smithsonian Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C. Their glass works can also be seen in private and public collections in North America, Europe, and Asia.
All donations will receive recognition as part of the permanent credit line of the work and a copy of Vogel and Littleton’s exhibition catalogue “Between Us”