Coming to Corning: Lino Tagliapietra and Glass Art Society Conference

Whether you are Glass Artist or just a fan of the medium, you’ll likely be excited to hear that both Lino Tagliapietra and the annual Glass Art Society (GAS) Conference are coming to the Corning Museum of Glass (CMOG) in early June 2016. Whether you visit Corning for Lino, the GAS conference or just to see the museum it’s well worth traveling to Corning, New York, especially in the late spring.

If you’ve not yet heard of Lino Tagliapietra, you’ll likely enjoy being introduced to his work. Lino is from the island of Murano (home to Venice’s glass industry), Italy where he began his career in glass at 11 years old as an apprentice. In 1990 he completed all previous employment contracts and began working for himself. His works vary, but his color palette combined with the large and elaborate vessels he’s known for are striking and unique.  Visit Lino’s website (opens new browser window) to see his works and learn more about the artist.

Lino who is currently in his early 80’s still travels the world and works in the hot glass studios of museums around the world. Last spring he visited the Toledo Museum’s glass pavilion for nearly 2 weeks of public demonstrations. This year he will be at the Corning Museum of Glass, from June 5th through June 8th working in the museum’s amphitheater hot shop. Tickets are available for $40 each day via the

Lino at Toledo Museum May 2015
Lino at Toledo Museum May 2015

If you are a glass artist, consider coming to the GAS conference June 9-11. There will be dozens of lectures from over 80 artists. There is also a chance to watch Lino work in the hot shop on June 9th.  A complete list of demonstrations, lectures and events is in the 24 page conference brochure – Download GAS 45th Annual Conference brochure. If you’ve ever wanted to hang out with a bunch of glass artists, this would be a great place to do it.

Today is the first day spring and that means the June 11th Ann Arbor Garden Walk is on the horizon. Annette is busy in the studio and looking forward to getting out and seeing friends and patrons at the show.

Have you always wanted to try to blow glass? Have you taken a “Try it Once” course and want to learn more? Baron Glassworks is a teaching studio, that hosts dozens of students each year. Annette offers classes to the public. Choose a single session where you’ll make 2 items or sign up for 4 or 8 weeks of class. The only prerequisite is an interest in glass and a commitment to wear only natural fiber clothing to class. Please contact use for information on Glassblowing Classes for information of classes.

Featured Installation in the New Expansion at Chelsea Community Hospital

Chelsea Community Hospital recently completed a multimillion dollar expansion started in 2011. As part of the new expansion, the new space is filled with carefully selected artwork. Members of the hospital’s art council, which is composed of a group of community members, used an outdoor, nature theme when selecting pieces used to decorate the facility.

'Succulent' being finished at the studio.
‘Succulent’ being finished at the studio.

As part of that theme, Annette Baron was commissioned to create a piece, shown here at the studio and titled Succulent, which is now on permanent display in the Atrium, the new main entrance to the hospital. You can visit it and all the other artwork in person at Chelsea Community Hospital, at 775 S. Main Street, Chelsea MI 48118.

Baron Glassworks Fires Up Local Studio Art Scene

Graham Gerdes from Community High School in Ann Arbor stopped in to the glass studio a few weeks ago, and had this to say about it:

Hot, dangerous, delicate and beautiful.  At Baron Glassworks in Ypsilanti, MI, local artists are fusing together their ideas and inspirations to form functional, and aesthetic art.

Annette Baron, sole proprietor and founder of Baron Glassworks, has been blowing glass for 23 years. “I have had the studio for 16 years. It was 1997, and then I lit the furnace Nov. 24 1998. This furnace has been on ever since,” said Baron.

Annette (L) and a student use a punty to transfer a piece. Image courtesy Graham Gerdes
Annette (L) and a student use a punty to transfer a piece. Image courtesy Graham Gerdes

You can read more here.

Annette does take younger students on an individually assessed basis: please contact the studio if you’re looking for a wonderfully engaging and creative outlet for your young artist.

Thanks for stopping by, Graham!

Color Sale!

Olympic Color Rods ( has a sale going on right now, and Annette has kindly agreed to help coordinate a group order.  This is a good opportunity to get a favorite color or try and expand your color palette.

If you would like to order your own supply of glass, please send Annette an email by this coming Wednesday, February 15th.  Be sure to include ‘Glass Order’ in the subject line.

In the email, include the Number, Name, Size, Sale Price/KG, Quantity (in KG), and Total Cost for your choices.  For example:

Number Name Size Price Qty Total
R-13 Amethyst frit 2 $46.84 1 $46.84
Z-68 Turquoise powder $18.82 2 $37.63

Note that the sale price may not show until you use the Quantity selector.  Also, the minimum quantity is a KG, about 2.2 lbs.  If you would like less than a KG, send an email to the list indicating the color(s) you want and see if anyone is interested in splitting with you.

In addition to your total cost of glass, you will be responsible for an appropriate portion of the shipping cost, based on your total order weight.

Payment is due at time of pickup.  This order will go in by February 20th to get the sale price, so the glass will probably be at the studio late that week or early the next.