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  • Pieces address growth, influence of Glass Axis studio

    By Jackie Mantey
    For The Columbus Dispatch   
    Sunday August 3, 2014 5:45 AM

     

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    I’ve Got the Blues by Denise Novak

    Moving is a pain, but saying goodbye doesn’t have to be. In fact, it can be downright inspiring.Glass Axis is preparing to move in September to its sprawling new home at 610 W. Town St. in the Franklinton neighborhood.Part of the art organization’s farewell to the space near Grandview Heights that has served it for 15 years is a celebratory exhibit of pieces made by Glass Axis founders, students and studio artists.Included with the works, which range in style and skill (on purpose, to show the growth that artists have made thanks to Glass Axis), are placards with artists’ stories — testaments to the accomplishments of the nonprofit studio.

    Allen Firestone, a dentist who first took a Glass Axis class in the former location on Cozzins Avenue, has grown from lopsided tumblers to the expertly shaped pieces on view in the exhibit. Denise Novak, who remembers her less-than-perfect first efforts, now sells her colorful fused glassware at art fairs and festivals; her quirky plate I’ve Got the Blues is in the exhibit.

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