Amber Cowan re-works vintage pressed glassware produced by some of the best known, but now-defunct, American glass factories and reincarnates them into opulent abstractions. Simultaneously subversive & patriotic, her objects contain the story of the rise, glory and demise of US glassware manufacturing and its influence on society. Her pieces ask universal questions about rebirth and desire. Do we get a second chance? What makes the ordinary extraordinary?
Cowan received her MFA from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art in 2011. She is the recipient of the 2014 Rakow Commission from the Corning Museum of Glass. Her work has been published in Corning Museum’s New Glass Review and exhibited in museum shows across the United States and in China. The San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design will present a solo exhibition Amber Cowan: Second-Life Glass, in the fall of 2014. Cowan is a featured artist in The Toledo Workshop Revisited, 1962-2012, a documentary film produced by the Robert M. Minkoff Foundation, about the week-long residency honoring the past and celebrating the future of creative experimentation in glass.