Contemporary glass showcased at Sunset River Marketplace

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

CALABASH—Sunset River Marketplace, an art gallery in Calabash, is featuring “Art Glass: Summerfield & Friends” through Feb. 6.


The group showing of contemporary art glass consists of new works by Scott Summerfield, Kakie Willcox Honig and Fyreglas Studio (husband and wife team, J.J. Brown and Simona Rosasco).

Bakersville artist Scott Summerfield is known among art glass collectors worldwide for his unique sculptural pieces. His process includes hand-blowing parts of each piece and later cutting, grinding, polishing and assembling them into the final piece. The works are often titled as recognizable objects such as bottles, yet they are purely sculptural.

“My intention isn’t for a bottle to function as a vessel,” he says. “Rather, my hope is that it stimulates the collector through its movement, fluidity and color.”

He initially sketches his sculptures as individual parts and later transforms them into formal objects. This approach to the medium is quite unusual, allowing him to balance the sleek lines and polished look with tension that, together, give his pieces their signature style.

J.J. Brown and Simona Rosasco own and operate Fyreglas Studio, also in western North Carolina.

“I began with stained glass (cold), progressed to fused and slumped glass (warm) and eventually became involved in glass casting and blowing (hot),” Brown says.

Rosasco was a mixed media artist until she met and married her husband in 2007. She quickly learned about hot and warm glass and brings new design and color direction to the studio.

Large abstract platters and asymmetric bowls are among their highly sought-after pieces.

Fused-glass artist Kakie Willcox Honig has her studio in Columbia, S.C. What began as a longtime interest in stained glass has become an obsession with warm and hot glass. She is known throughout the region for her large serving pieces, wall hangings, vessel sinks, tabletop panels and jewelry.