2017 International Flameworking Conference SCC

2017 International Flameworking Conference features Amber Cowan & fellow Philly artists

2017 International Flameworking Conference (IFC), March 24-26, has a decidedly Philly flavor.

Joining Philadelphia-based featured artist Amber Cowan at Salem Community College are fellow Philly artists Beccy Feather, Zach Puchowitz and Kim Thomas.  Rounding out the weekend line-up are Jacob Moskowitz and Ryan Tanner.

The IFC begins on Friday March 24th at night with a new presentation on the history of flameworking by Beth Hylen and Eric Goldschmidt of The Corning Museum of Glass.  Free and open to the public, the program will begin at 7 p.m. in the Sol and Jean Davidow Performing Arts Theatre, Davidow Hall, 460 Hollywood Ave., Carneys Point, NJ.

17th annual IFC's featured artist Amber Cowan

2017 featured artist: Amber Cowan

“Philadelphia has become known for its community of nationally respected artists who take advantage of the flameworking process,” said IFC founder Paul Stankard, who co-chairs this year’s conference with Amy Lemaire.

“We are proud to showcase the fascinating work of Philadelphia-based artists Amber Cowan, Kim Thomas and others who are advancing contemporary glass art.”

Cowan’s sculptural glasswork is based around the use of recycled, up-cycled and second-life glass.  She uses the processes of flameworking, hot-sculpting and glassblowing to create large-scale sculptures that overwhelm the viewer with ornate abstraction and viral accrual.  Cowan holds an MFA in Glass/Ceramics from Tyler School of Art of Temple University, where she is a faculty member.

An example of Amber Cowan's intricate glass art

Example of Cowan’s work

Cowan’s two-hour demonstration on Saturday morning will be followed by Moskowitz and Puchowitz.  The following day, Thomas and Tanner demonstrate.  The conference concludes with “How Philly is becoming a Hub for Flameworked Glass Art,” moderated by Beccy Feather. Feather leads a strong panel of fellow artists: Cowan, Thomas and Puchowitz.

Presented by the SCC Foundation, the 17th annual IFC is made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Also, this year’s Conference has the following sponsors:


Check out the following promotional video for the 2017 International Flameworking Conference:


To learn more and register, visit www.salemcc.edu/ifc.


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