'Alchemy of Adornment" invites visitors to revel in the enchanting worlds of Philadelphia-based artist and educator Amber Cowan. Cowan transforms American-pressed glass into exuberantly adorned diorama-like wall installations and free-standing sculptures using the centuries-old techniques of glassblowing and flameworking. She masterfully remelts and sculpts cullet (factory scrap glass) to create new elements and blends them with found, sought, and donated antique glass. Her lush assemblages lure the viewer into fanciful narratives rich with symbolism and themes of transformation, femininity, and nostalgia.
View her work in the Museum of American Glass at WheatonArts from April through December 2023. Plan your visit at wheatonarts.org.