Information on hot glass at Jayne Duryea Studios

"Hot Sculptured Contemporary Glass"

25 Works, 25 Years in Glass 1988-2013

The exhibition was March 5 - April 17, 2013 at the Creative Connections Gallery at the Merriman-Bobys House in Heritage Park; 1521 N Chaparral Street, Corpus Christi, Texas  78401

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Jayne working hot sculptured glass in the glory hole using traditional off hand Italian glass blowing techniques.

Jayne Duryea's work features the traditional offhand Italian glass blowing techniques of hot sculptured glass. Her works are three-dimensional expressions, extremely alive and fluid, with a deep connection to nature, constantly surprising, and inspiring.

This exhibition is a survey of glass works produced over my 25 years in hot glass. I have displayed the contemporary glass on antique stands as a reference to the duality of; The juxtaposition of Contemporary Glass and the Antique, an interesting concept to me.

These techniques are the new contemporary studio glass. There is nothing new under the sun, only new experiences and new expressions through new creative people. Unlike Italy in the past, America offers the opportunity to be free, a new liberation, a hunger for technical knowledge, an artistic expression in glass as opposed to the constraints of tradition of the glass factories in Murano.


20 Works Celebration of 20 years in Glass 1989 - 2009

The 2009 exhibition show was at Brazosport College, 500 College Dr, Lake Jackson, Texas 77566

Some of the glass in the studio, by Jayne Duryea.

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Simply beautiful.
Hot sculptured glass works created with the traditional off hand Italian glass blowing techniques.

The Hot Sculptured Glass show was from March 2 through April 16, 2009 in the Brazosport College Art Gallery. The reception was on Thursday, April 16 from 2 to 4 pm.

This work features traditional off hand Italian glass blowing techniques of hot, sculptured solid glass works.  The works are three-dimensional expressions, extremely alive and fluid, with a deep connection to nature, constantly surprising and inspiring.

My Painting objective, essentially, is to create a heightened sense of color interaction, to bring a freshness or clarity to the movement of color.  To explore that visual illusion of color and space that reawakens our perceptions.  One of the major abstract elements begins with my interest in the fluidity and movement of nature and its particular color and light quality.  To create a lasting effect in memory; to make an impression, "Imprinting Nature", so to speak.  The works become a kind of meditation on sensuality, sorrow, loss and self discovery.  The vehicle for exploration and expression can be found in paint or glass.

My objectives, as stated on painting, are the same for Glass.  Glass is that three dimensional expression of my need for exploration to complete the cycle of creativity.  Glass is a natural choice for it is extremely alive and fluid.  The deep connection to nature, our greatest teacher of life, constantly surprises and inspires me to push the limits of glass beyond the realm of understanding.  A meditative dance, it influencing me as I influence it, until the collaboration is complete.  As Alfredo Barbini once said, "You do not force glass, you follow glass."

Originally from New York, Jayne Duryea has been in South Texas for the past 29 plus years.  Receiving her BFA with additional graduate study from East Carolina University, she completed her masters at Texas A&M University at Kingsville in painting and drawing in 1988.  Since 1989 she has been Chairperson of the Visual Arts Division at Coastal Bend College and moved into the Chairperson position of the Fine Arts and Kinesiology Divisions in 2006.

Her works can be found in many private and permanent collections throughout the States, Canada, Cayman Islands and France.  She is represented by various galleries and is listed in many "Who's Who" publications along with a charter member of the National Museum of Women in the Arts.  Her vehicle of expression can be found in either paint or glass.  Light and color, along with a return to nature, for the expression of her sensibilities, are her major concerns.

The extensive travel in Europe, particularly the six month Sabbatical in France, opened many avenues for her work.  Through the tutelage of her friend and mentor Robert Willson, she was afforded the opportunity to blow glass at the A.R.S. Murano glass factories in Venice, Italy, during 1996 and 1997.  An enriching experience which she expects to continue yearly.