Chronology

2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015

View of Studio in summer 2016 with Watson having a "field day", and a view of our exhibition at St Mary's Cathedral in Edinburgh

New Studio at Hares Green in Wales
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View from Studio at Hares Green

2014

Installation in Zürich, Im Br ächli

2013

Further explorations of Mobiles and a new departure with Frames

2012

Show at the Museum for Applied Art In Frankfurt: Au-delà du verre / Beyond Glass
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2011

Show at the Ariana Museum in Geneva: Au-delà du verre / Beyond Glass
View show at Musée Ariana

Accompanying bilingual English/French Book published by: 5 Continents Editions
The Glass Arch, L'Arche de Verre, published by: Editions de La Revue de la céramique et du verre

And more puppies!!!!


 

2010

Introduction of Boats in USA, at SOFA, Chicago with David Richard Contemporary

Clin d'oeil to a moment in time: the development of our new Boat Series. Photographed by Gaetane Girard and Christoph Lehmann in Paris and Venice 2009-2010.

2009

In February, Bernadette had seven puppies right here in the studio, where they spent a snug ten weeks in the dead of winter before finding  new homes. One puppy, named Watson, stayed on as companion to his mum.

We embarked on two new interrelated bodies of work introduced in May at the Hélène Porée Gallery in Paris: Urban Landscapes and Migrations

2008

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.

2007

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, as 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 it resulted in a great deal of damage to our stock and the building, including nine months of repairs.

2006

First public installations in North America: Northeast Medical Center, Charlotte, NC and Wells Fargo Bank, Des Moines, Iowa; Dutch Sculpture Park installation, Oisterwijk, Holland.

2005

First outdoor installation. Private commission, Canada; installed during a blizzard, and still standing!

2004

The Circus of Spheres: introduction of large scale sculpture with blown glass spheres and metal as part of a themed traveling museum exhibition: MUDAC (Museum of Applied Art) Lausanne, Switzerland, Het Koopmanshuis, Leusden Holland, and the National Glass Center, Sunderland, UK.

2003

First exhibition with Sandra Ainsley, The Distillery, Toronto; introduction of Circo di Lune for Venini.

2002

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.

2001

We move the studio to Paris, 101 Avenue Daumesnil, in the 12th arrondissement, in the archway of an old railway viaduct, now a city park.

2000

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.

1999

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 of laminated industrial glass, entirely cut in deep "inciso" cutting. Unique example of bringing Italian cutting techniques to a large-scale industrial glass installation.

1998

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.

1996

Venezia Aperto Vetro and the introduction of our Guardiani & Cortigiane sculptures, a major innovation in our work, transforming the vessel form into free standing sculpture.

 

1995

Marks the start of our long collaboration with Venini, under the design director Roberto Gasparotto.

1994

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.

1993

Final phase of Nonfoux Collection studio design work and our own in-house production.

1990

Son Ian Marco is born.

1989

Start of five year design collaboration with Steuben, Corning, NY with design director Chris Hacker.

1987

Daughter Naja is born.

Aztec bowls for Rosenthal win German Design Innovation Award.

1986

Introduction of Triples our first serious attempt at glass with sculptural content; superimposed blown glass plates, sandblasted. Much emphasis on graphics and linear content, and the layering of one color over another, but without using blown overlay.

1985

Start of ten year design collaboration with Rosenthal Studio Line, Selb, Germany, under Philip Rosenthal and design director Henk Staal.

1983

Our free-blown hand-made "modern design" functional glassware gets underway in the Nonfoux hot shop.

 

1982

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
1979 - 1981

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 born (Bern)
1947

Philip Baldwin born (New York)

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