1996  Marvin with glass sculptures created at the Dalian Shengdao Glass Factory , China. He returned to work in China again in 1999


The world of contemporary glass art has lost another Studio Glass pioneer. Marvin Lipofsky passed away on January 15, 2016, at the age of 77.
Marvin Lipofsky was one of the first six students of Harvey Littleton at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1962-63 and  became a central figure in the American Studio Glass Movement, introducing studio glass making to California through his tenure as an instructor at the University of California, Berkeley and the California College of Arts and Crafts. Marvin traveled the world working in studios on his art and teaching.

Posted 15 January 2016

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UrbanGlass wrote: “Lipofsky had been in declining health for the last few years, though visitors to SOFA Chicago this past November will remember his dynamic public presentation at a survey of his work at the booth of Duane Reed Gallery, and his pleasure in holding court on a bench in the art fair’s main aisle, greeting a seemingly endless stream of well-wishers and acquaintances. 
Lipofsky was a pioneer of the American Studio Glass movement and among Harvey Littleton’s first students at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where he received his MFA in 1964.  Immediately upon graduation he was hired to create and lead the glass program at the University of California – Berkeley and later did the same at the California College of Arts and Crafts (now the California College of the Arts) in Oakland, California. He maintained a studio in Berkeley until his death.”

The Washington Glasschool published: “His art is about the visceral and the gestural,” wrote Studio Glass connoisseur Dan Klein. “The forms are inspired by internal organs, intestines, breast, stomachs, brains; their colorful, mottled, crumpled, broken shapes and expression of turbulence and restlessness.” Lipofsky is well known for having devoted his career in glass to endless variations on the turbulent, broken bubble form.
His work, in short, was about glassblowing and the way the ways in which a blown glass sphere could be opened, shaped and distorted.
Tina Oldknow, the retired Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Glass at the Corning Museum of Glass, has written that she admires Lipofsky “for his devotion to material and form. His non-objective vessels break apart and rearrange the blown glass mass while retaining the breathy, ephemeral quality that is one of the medium’s most intriguing characteristics”.
Marvin Lipofsky’s beautiful work provides a powerful and enduring legacy.

On 26/2/2016 the New Yorker Times wrote:
“Often he traveled to foreign glassworks, working with local artisans to produce an initial form that he completed at his studio in the United States. The brilliant colors used by Gianni Toso at the Venini Glass Factory in Murano, Italy, for example, inspired his “Venini” series (1972-1978), delicate, dimpled doorknob forms with wavy horizontal stripes.
Mr. Lipofsky returned many many times to the Crystalex-Hantich glass factory in Novy Bor, in what is now the Czech Republic, to make the complex seashell forms of his “Crystalex-Hantich” series and his “IGS” series, named after the annual International Glass Symposium held in Novy Bor.
He was the subject of a retrospective exhibition, “Marvin Lipofsky: A Glass Odyssey,” at the Oakland Museum of California in 2003.

Mr. Lipofsky, who lived in Berkeley, was twice married and divorced. He is survived by a daughter, Lisa Valenzuela; a sister, Barbara Marsh; and two grandchildren.”
See Marvin Lipofsky, Glass pioneer, Making Sculpture>
Marvin Lipofsky, a Visiting Artist at the Museum of Glass (July 11 - 15, 2007) working with our team to create a very large abstract form which he will later cold-work extensively.
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Habatat Gallerie, 25/9/2015-31/10/2015
Notable awards garnered by the artist include a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass in Chicago, Illinois in 2005 and a Masters of the Medium Award from the James Renwick Alliance, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC in 2003. He was named an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Glass Art Society (G.A.S.) in 1986 and a California Living Treasure in Sacramento, California in 1985. The artist was the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts grants in 1976 and 1974.

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