Hot Gatherings, Cool Conversations
Sponsored by The DMG School Project
Free with MFA admission.
This month: Richard Royal and Veruska Vagen @3p.m.
Richard Royal began as a ceramist, but discovered his love for glass when he studied at the Pilchuck Glass School. His talent was quickly recognized and he soon became one of Dale Chihuly’s main gaffers. He has since earned an international reputation for his own work.
Mr. Royal’s glass art is included in the collections of the High Museum of Art, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and the Tampa Museum of Art, among others. He was one of the first artists-in-residence at the Waterford Crystal Factory and his work was part of the MFA exhibition, Global + Local: Studio and Contemporary Glass on Florida’s West Coast.
Veruska Vagen started as painter, which can be seen in her portraits in glass. So, too, can the influence of ancient mosaics. As with Mr. Royal, study at Pilchuck had a profound effect on
Ms. Vagen, and during her 12 years with the William Morris Studio, she developed her unique mosaic technique, called “dot de verre.” Both Mr. Royal and Ms. Vagen are known not only for their art glass, but also for their classes and demonstrations.