Guggisberg & Baldwin
(*) 1947 & 1955
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The show at the Museum for Applied Art In Frankfurt: "Au-delà du verre / Beyond Glass
The show at the Museum Ariana In Geneva: "Au-delà du verre / Beyond Glass"
English/French Book published by: 5 Continents Editions .The Glass Arch, L'Arche de Verre, published by: Editions La Revue de la ceramique et du verre
Introduction of Boats in USA, SOFA, Chicago with DavidRichardContemporary
A “Clin d oeil” of a moment in time: the development of our new boat series. Photographed by Gaetane Girard and Christoph Lehmann in Paris and Venice 2009-2010.
We embarked on two new interrelated bodies of work introduced in May at the Hélène Porée Gallery in Paris: Urban Landscapes and Migrations
Studio returned to mint condition in March. After nine and a half months of repairs we finally relit our furnace. In spite of the rather intense distractions, we maintained our commitments, with SOFA in Chicago, Pan in Amsterdam, and wonderful shows in London, Paris, Chicago and Zurich.
Feature length documentary film Fire Glass, by award winning Swiss filmmaker Pierre Kalbfuss. Premier, Swiss television, June 1st, in French with German and Italian subtitles. Original score, Dolby Sound, in color. Filmed in 2005 and 2006, with interviews of galleries (Thomas Riley, Sandra Ainsley) curators (Jean-Luc Olivié, David McFadden and Dan Klein), including extensive footage from Venini, the cold-working shop of Paolo Ferro, his sons Pietro and Riccardo, and our Paris studio hotshop. Not so much a propaganda piece, but the filmmaker's own interpretation of our collaboration.
On Sunday evening, May 6th, as a side effect of the French elections, there were several acts of random violence in the 12th arrondisement in Paris. Our studio, whose back entrance conjoins with a public park above the historic railway viaduct in which we are located, was hit with a molotov cocktail, and badly burned. Luckily most of our primary hotshop equipment was not seriously damaged, however a great deal of damage to our stock and the building resulted, including nine months of repairs.
First public installations in North America: Northeast Medical Center, Charlotte, NC and Wells Fargo Bank, Des Moines, Iowa; Dutch Sculpture Park installation, Oisterwijk, Holland.
First outdoor installation. Private commission, Canada; installed during a blizzard, and still standing!
The Circus of Spheres: introduction of large scale sculpture with blown glass spheres and metal as part of a themed travelling museum exhibition: MUDAC (Museum of Applied Art) Lausanne, Switzerland, Het Koopmanshuis, Leusden Holland, and the National Glass Center, Sunderland, UK.
First exhibition with Sandra Ainsley, The Distillery, Toronto; introduction of Circo di Lune for Venini.
Global Art Glass exhibition in Bornholm, Sweden, and our next Museum exhibition Battuto 2002 focusing on our experimentation with Italian "batutto" cutting techniques, Ebeltoft Glass Museum, Denmark.
We move the studio to Paris, 101 Avenue Daumesnil, in the archyway of an old railway viaduct, now a city park.
Major museum exhibition, celebrating twenty years in Switzerland, at the Eretz Israel Museum in Tel Aviv Hot Glass Cold Glass, curated by Henrietta Eliezer Brunner. Catalogue in English and Hebrew, eighty-four pages, full color.
Grand Prize of the Swiss (Vaud) Arts Foundation for the Applied Arts for Creative Achievement.
The Nestlé Project, for the renovated landmark Nestlé headquarters in Vevey, Switzerland (Jean Tschumi, architect, 1960). One ton laminated industrial glass, entirely cut in deep "inciso" cutting. Unique example of bringing italian cutting techniques to a large industrial glass installation.
First major museum installation, Kunsthalle, Bern: We Never Promised You a Rose Garden.
Publication of our first book In Search of Clear Lines, with essays by Susanne K. Frantz and Jean-Luc Olivié.
Venezia Aperto Vetro and the introduction of our Guardiani and Cortegiane sculptures, a major innovation in our work, transforming vessel form into free standing sculpture.
Marks the start of our long collaboration with Venini, under the design director Roberto Gasparotto.
We begin experimenting with Italian cold-cutting techniques and working with Muranese cutter Paolo Ferro, later to be joined by his two sons, Riccardo and Pietro. The start of a wonderful and warm friendship.
Final phase of studio "design" work and our own in-house production.
Son Ian Marco is born.
Start of five year design collaboration with Steuben, Corning, NY with design director Chris Hacker.
Daughter Naja is born.
Aztec bowls for Rosenthal win German Design Innovation Award.
Introduction of Triples our first serious attempt at glass with sculptural content; suprimposed blown glass plates, sandblasted. Much emphasis on graphics and linear content, and the layering of one color over another, but without using blown overlay.
Start of ten year design collaboration with Rosenthal Studio Line, Selb, Germany, under Philip Rosenthal and design director Henk Staal.
Our free-blown hand-made "modern design" functional glassware gets underway in the Nonfoux hot shop.
We open our studio in the French-speaking part of Switzerland.
1982 Monica - Prix de la Fondation de la Vocation, Genève
1980 Philip - National Endowment for the Arts, Washington DC
Monica - Study Grant, Canton of Bern
Two magical years in the Swedish forest (Smäland) as the assistants to Ann Wolff (then Wärff) and Wilke Adolfsson.
1979 Monica and Philip (he from Boston, she from Bern) move to Sweden to learn glassblowing at the Orrefors Factory Glass School, in Orrefors.
1979 Philip - Grants of Ludwig K.Vogelstein Foundation and Ella Lyman Cabot Trust, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
1978-1979 Monica - Own studio in Bern
1974-1977 Monica - Apprenticeship in lampworking Zofingen
1970 Philip - Bachelor of Arts, American University, Washington DC
1955 Monica Guggisberg (Bern)
1947 Philip Baldwin (New York)
Museums & Collections
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh PA
Chrysler Museum, Norfolk VA
Corning Museum of Glass, Corning NY
Denver Art Museum, Denver CO
Die Neue Sammlung, München
Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv
Ernsting Stiftung Alter Hof, Coesfeld-Lette
Fond Cantonal de Décoration, Genève
Fond Cantonal de Beaux Arts, Lausanne
Glasmuseum Hentrich, Kunstpalast Düsseldorf
Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis IN
Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Sapporo
Kunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg
Museum of Arts & Design, New York
Musée Ariana, Genève
Museum Bellerive, Zürich
Museo del Vetro di Murano
Musée du Verre, Sars Poteries
Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile AL
Musée des arts décoratifs, Paris
Mudac, Lausanne (musée du design et d'arts appliqués contemporains)
Museo del Vetro, Murano
Museum für Kunsthandwerk, Berlin
Museum für Kunsthandwerk, Hamburg
Palm Springs Art Museum
Swiss National Collection of Applied Art
Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo OH
Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine WI