Hannah Bowlus, a Bowling Green resident for over a decade, is currently pursuing a BFA in Studio Art at Bowling Green State University. She has always been working with any available material to complete a project. The influence of a father who is a mechanical engineer and a mother who loves to craft had a strong impression. Drawing was her main interest through childhood and an occasional brush with ceramics and jewelry making consisted of her interest in 3D art. At BGSU, she has had the privilege to study glass making, specifically glass blowing in the hotshop. Learning these skills has led her to begin developing a strong studio practice and unique body of work. She utilizes the Integrated Sculpture Studio at BGSU to do custom fabrication work for her functional designs that act more as prototypes for future products.
This work takes strong inspirations from 60s Space Age design products, as well as early Danish glass work. The glass is blown hot and further manipulated once cold. The simple forms begin to take on visual complexity as the layers build. Glass is one of the most unique mediums because of its ability to transmit light through its material. Hannah utilizes this property to add utility and user engagement to glass sculpture.
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