Danny White to give hot glass demonstration Dec. 14Written by Sarah Ottney | Editor in Chief | firstname.lastname@example.org
Up-and-coming glass artist Danny White will offer a hot glass demonstration at a Downtown Toledo gallery Dec. 14.
The free event is set for 7 p.m. at Gathered Art Gallery and Studios, 23 N. Huron St.
The 27-year-old Bowling Green State University graduate is gaining a name for himself as a hot glass sculptor — someone who uses hand tools to sculpt hot glass in a free-form way, said Adam Goldberg, owner of Gathered Art Gallery and Studios.
“Glass is really a performative thing and it’s fun,” Goldberg said. “People enjoy watching it. It’s exciting. I’m trying to help promote Danny as an up-and-coming innovator in glass. His hot sculpting technique is really different than your average glass blower so people like watching it. He makes figures and characters and works with glass in a very colorful way. He’s a painter and he’s really interested in color theory and is able to mix glass color in a unique way to get really neat effects.”
White, who lives and works in Seattle, drew and painted until discovering glass during college.
“I have a short attention span, so glass worked for me,” White said. “It blended with the way my mind works. Usually when you make something out of glass, you start and you don’t stop until it’s finished, so that’s kind of what I need anyway.”
White said he likes to “use glass against itself” using the medium known for being elegant and beautiful to create funny or silly pieces.
“I used to make these glass hobos. [I make] things that society deems weird or overlooked,” White said. “There are certain details in my work that are only for certain people because they are the only ones who would get them in the first place, like an inside joke that’s available to anyone, whether you get it or not.”
White’s inspiration includes graffiti, “The Far Side” cartoons and Norman Rockwell.
“My work has always been for the entertainment of myself and others,” White said. “Graffiti art is a big inspiration. There are less rules to it. It’s more about the artist just putting something out there and leaving it up to the audience to perceive it. ‘The Far Side’ has the one-liners with the really simple drawings that just rely on very simple expressions. I like the way you set up the scene in just one picture. Norman Rockwell also captures these frame-by-frame sections, a moment in time captured.”
Goldberg and White met when they were both art students at BGSU.
“I was graduating when he was starting,” White said. “We’re both into sculpture and making things that are amusing or just humorous in glass. That’s the thing with this industry. If you keep in touch with people you’ve worked with, you have anchor points all over the world.”
Gathered Art Gallery and Studios, which opened in May, sells glass made by Goldberg and other local artists and also offers workshops and demonstrations. Pieces for sale include Christmas ornaments, tree toppers, snowmen, menorahs, bowls, cups, jewelry and more.
Goldberg and others will work with White during the week leading up to the demonstration, helping him create pieces for display as well as preparing for the piece he will make during the demonstration.
White said the teamwork involved is one of his favorite aspects of the medium.
“The way glass works involves a pretty extensive team, but odds are you’re mostly working with your friends and you’re constantly with a community,” White said. “It’s cool to be part of this community of glass artists because it’s such a new medium that the things my friends and I are doing are considered contemporary and original.”
White, a Cincinnati native, said Ohio and BGSU played a big role in his artistic development.
“I’m from the Midwest and it comes down to when you’re here, there’s really nothing to do but what you like to do and for me it’s glass. I had very minimal distractions,” White said. “A lot of good people come out of the Midwest. I’ve never met anyone like them. There’s an approach, a way of thinking that derives only from the Midwest that I’m really appreciative to have. Growing up and living in a state most of your life and then going somewhere else allows you to appreciate where you came from but also where you’re going to. It’s cool to come full circle.
“Glass is somewhat of a performance really. It’s like a dance. I want to just spread awareness of this sweet and amazing thing that has captivated my life and the people around me.”