I visited Praque, Czech, my final destination in summer 2016, from September 13th to 17th. I joined to the 8th edition of "Stanislav Libensky Award " ceremony as a juror. The international glass competition has featured many excellent works by graduates from 30 countries and 40 universities since 2009. It aims to develop the glass art in the young scene and to guide the young artists to enter the business world. This student exhibition includes distinguished works that express the beauty of form utilizing the characteristics of glass materials. For students who participated this time I appreciate their valuing of the material and stance of challenging what is possible while facing the materials every day eagerly. It was an honor to serve as a juror for "Stanislav Libensky Award 2016". I appreciate to everybody who supported my visit, thank you very much!
Bay Area, California was my last visit in US, and I taught "hollow-core kilncasting" at the Resource Center Bay Area of Bullseye Glass Company. The city, the coast of California, was radiant and comfortably spaciousness. The last day, I visited the University of California, Berkeley and the Golden Gate Bridge with Sally, who was one of my students. It was dreamy scene seeing the golden bridge in the mists.
I flew to Corning, New York to have a workshop at The studio of The Corning Museum of Glass. Corning is one of my hometowns where I gain my glass career. The first visit was to attend 31st GAS (Glass Art Society) annual conference in 2001. Since then, I have been visited museum occasionally as a student, teaching assistant, resident artist, and instructor. The exhibition, The Marine Invertebrate Glass Models of Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka, was displayed during my stay. The scientifically accurate ocean models were sculpted in glass by Braschka family in the 19th century. The glass objects affected me with wonder in form and beauty of nature.