By Sophie Vinograd
Baltimore is a city thriving with various art forms, some of which are traditional, others new and innovative, and even others that can be rather bizarre. A traditional form of art that has taken on a new life in its Baltimore enthusiasts is the beautiful utilization of a delicate media to create expressive pieces of glass.
McFadden Art Glass
6802 Eastern Ave
Baltimore, Md. 21224
Hours: Tuesday to Friday noon-8 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Glassblowing is an increasingly popular style that is available to explore in a few locations around the Baltimore area. McFadden Art Glass hosts “First Friday Date Night” on the first and third Fridays of each month. Bring a date or friend to the studio, and artists will be blowing glass forms requested by the audience. Attendees are also offered the opportunity to make basic glass ornaments or objects for a small fee. McFadden also offers The Glass Grill Restaurant and Bar right next door, and they offer food and drink specials throughout the night. Another popular event at McFadden Art Glass is “Family Fun Days” on the third Sunday of every month from 1 to 4 p.m. Participants will receive $5 off the price of Make-Your-Own projects, and ages are 5 and up. There are also regular classes and workshops offered regularly at the studio.
2010 Clipper Park Rd, Suite 119
Baltimore, Md. 21211
Corradetti Glass is located in the converted industrial arts area, Clipper Mill, near Hampden. Anthony Corradetti is a renowned and talented blown glass artist known for his unique pieces and particular lusters which are painted onto the glass. Corradetti has a great and experienced staff working with him to create his artwork. Workshops happen occasionally, and during the holidays they usually put on a demo. It is definitely worth a visit to watch them in action.
3406 Chestnut Ave
Hampden, Md. 21211
Hours: Friday 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Another local glass art gallery worth checking out is WhollyTerra in Hampden. This vividly unique studio gallery creates custom designed stained glass pieces that, according to the owner, “combine organic principles and modern design with glass and metal, with an undeniable sense of warmth, space and creativity. Stained glass transforms metal and glass art for the home and garden.” The designs are some of the most beautiful we’ve seen in the Baltimore art scene and create for truly whimsical sights around Charm City. Come in and check out this gem of an art source, and maybe you’ll be charmed enough to add WhollyTerra’s art to your own home.
Sophie Vinograd is a writer, creative strategist and funk enthusiast living in Charles Village. You can check out her portfolio at www.sophievinograd.com, and her social commentary blog, Blackout Factory, at http://blackoutfactory.blogspot.com.