Posted 7 months ago
These wine glasses are 8" high and signed "JMyers" on the bottom of each glass. One glass is a bit larger in diameter. The larger glass has a small rim chip, but I guess it could be ground down, if someone wanted to do that. Each is large enough to stand alone as an art piece.
I attended the university where JPM taught for 30 years and was there while he was still teaching but never met him as I did not become interested in art glass until a few years later. Signed Blenko glass by Joel Philip Myers is still fairly easy to find and not super expensive, yet. I will be posting another JPM signed Blenko piece, soon. I could not find these glasses in the Blenko catalogs during the years that JPM was a designer there. They may have been experimental pieces. Pulled feather glass may have been too time consuming and expensive to produce in quantity. I do not find much pulled feather glass by Blenko. It is also possible that JPM made these after leaving Blenko. Comments welcome.
"A graduate of the College of Ceramics at Alfred University, N,Y. Joel Philip Myers became intrigued with glass when he heard a lecture by the head designer from the famous West Virginia glass factory named Blenko Glass. After graduation, Myers was offered a position at Blenko and became its head designer. At the Blenko workshops, Myers was given a unique chance to both design and produce blown glass with creative freedom. By 1966 he won the Best of Show in an exhibition at the Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, N.C. and the Award of Merit from the Museum of Contemporary Crafts in New York. In 1970 he joined the faculty of Illinois State University to begin a glass-making program through which he influenced many students. In 1997 he retired as a Distinguished Professor of Art from that post. Remarkable layering and inclusions of colored glass in Myers work recall the color field and stained canvas art as well as abstract expressionism of contemporary painting. As both an artist and teacher, Joel Philip Meyers is a seminal figure in the studio glass movement."