Art Glass by Gary Beecham & Mary Lynn White


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Artist Info:
In his first year at the University of Wisconsin at Madison as a National Merit Scholar in geology, Gary Beecham discovered the glass blowing studio. Though he maintained a deep interest in natural sciences, he soon started to haunt the glass shop, picking up what skills he could and looking for opportunities to try his hand at blowing. His willingness to help around the studio soon broke through the older students' resistance to an underclassman's presence and shortly changed both his major and his life. Entire contents © Copyright NJM Gallery.

Much of Gary's work has been heavily influenced by ancient glass, both in form and in technique. The ancients treated glass as a plastic gem material, a substance that could be colored, stretched, melted and carved by the maker. Gary has experimented with countless ways of manipulating glass involving blowing, fusing and cutting. Over his twenty-five year career, he has become well-known for heavy, thick-walled vessels. For the imagery in these pieces, he first makes up a wide palette of colored overlay rods. Some pieces contain textile patterns that are then introduced into the crystal glass piece as it is being blown, creating the illusion of glass "fabric" floating in the bowl of the vessel, often with a second or third pattern appearing on one of the vessel's reflecting surfaces. Others, incorporating complex millifiori, are formed into mosaics of brilliant color. The imagery of these pieces has been suggested by influences as divergent as astronomical forms, undersea creatures and figures from a Persian rug.

Born1955 in Ladysmith, WI
1973 - 1979Bachelor of Science degree in Art, University of WI, Madison
·Honor Student, University of WI, Madison
·National Merit Scholar
1985 - presentIndependent artist
1980 - 1985Assistant to Harvey K. Littleton, Spruce Pine, NC
1978Visiting artist, J. & L. Lobmeyer Co., Vienna, Austria
1992 "The Survey of Glass in the World, vol 6 Contemporary Glass," ed. by T.Yoshimizu, Kyuryudo Art Pub. Co., ltd., Tokyo, Japan, p. 10.
1992 "International Exhibition of Glass Kanazawa '92," Kanazawa Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Kanazawa, Japan, p. 38.
1988 Glass Art Magazine, July/August 1988, pp. 10- 15
1988 Spinoff, NASA, 1988, p. 79
1988 Southern Magazine, August 1988, "South by Design," p. 54
1985 Insight, A Collector's Guide to Contemporary American Glass
1984 Ferdinand Hampson, Eliot Johnston Publishers. Glass, State of the Art 1984, Ferdinand Hampson, Eliot Johnston Publishers
1984 American Craft, April/May, 1984, portfolio section, p. 25
1983 Neues Glas, October/December, 1983, pp 195- 199
  • Permanent Collections:
  • High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
  • Musee de Verre, Liege, Belgium
  • Frauenau Glas Museum, Frauenau, Germany
  • Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC
  • Kunstmuseum Dusseldorf, Dusseldorf, Germany
  • North Carolina Museum of History, Raleigh, NC
  • J. & L. Lobmeyer Collection, Vienna, Austria
  • Capitol Bank Collection, Houston, TX
  • Southern Bell
  • Price Waterhouse
  • Northern Telecom
  • R. J. Reynolds
  • Glaxo, Inc.
  • Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC
  • Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
  • Washington & Lee University, Lexington, VA
  • Ebeltoft Glass Museum, Ebeltoft, Denmark
  • North Carolina Governor's Western Residence Collection, Asheville, NC
  • Guilford College, Greensboro, NC
  • Hickory Museum of Art, Hickory, NC Bergstrom Mahler Museum, Neenah, WI
  • Galerie Internationale du Verre, Biot, France
  • Nations Bank, Charlotte, NC

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