Alison Berger Glassworks
Tell us about your business.My work includes limited-edition lines of glass objects, lighting, and furniture that bridge my architectural and sculptural sensibilities, as well as ongoing large-scale, site-specific commissions. Everything single piece I create is hand-drawn in my studio in Los Angeles, hand-blown in my LA shop, and has metal hardware created by American artisans. The sense of the hand, and craft, and the volatility of the raw material – molten crystal – is part of everything I do. My work is in the permanent collection of the Corning Museum and has been shown at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 2006, I was selected to exhibit as part of Design Life Now, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum’s National Design Triennial, and, in 2010, was invited to participate in the Visiting Artist Program at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA. My work is available throughout the United States at Holly Hunt showrooms and at Plug Lighting in LA, as well as in several galleries and showrooms around the world.
What makes your business stand out?Whether designing lighting, objects, furnishings, or large-scale sculptures, I use age-old glass blowing techniques to create forms that transcend time and capture light. Derived from historic forms stripped to their essence, my work feels at once old world and modern. The essence of these forms is exposed when rendered in luminous materials, altered in scale, and stripped of decoration. My work reveals an interest in subjects such as science, history, and art; the Lure Sconce, for instance, was inspired by the mechanism on the reel of a fishing pole and features the most delicate glass in my collection. My furniture line, launched in 2012, features quotidian shapes and objects crafted in cast glass and forged metal. The line defies categorization in that it is furniture but it is also art. Each piece tells a story of the “unsung heroes” – carpenters, painters – behind the creation of beautiful objects. The line uses traditional forms manipulated to create something unexpected.
What's the best business advice you've received?Don’t bow to fashion. Do what you love and stay true to that. Everything else will follow from that.
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