Food for Thought: The Culinary Glass Art of Steven Hagan at Flame Run
Flame Run Glass Studio and Gallery will showcase the work of Steven Hagan, whose art reflects his dual careers in the glass studio and the kitchen.
Hagan’s work includes representations of the building blocks of any kitchen – eggs, onions, lemons and other fruits and vegetables – as well as culinary tools, measuring cups and even wine glasses that wobble. One piece recounts that most common of kitchen accidents – spilt milk. His show opens Sept. 7 and runs through Oct. 6. An opening-night reception begins at 5 p.m. with a demonstration at 7 p.m.
"Hagan has a gift for highlighting the pure beauty in everyday items, and in his process succeeds in giving a life to these objects," said Flame Run gallery manager Tiffany Ackerman.
Hagan, 34, grew up in Philadelphia where his mother was a chef, and he spent a lot of time in restaurant kitchens. Today he splits his time between the glass studio and a wine market he runs in the Cleveland area.
The similarity between making glass and a meal attracted Hagan to glass work. “When you are blowing glass, there is a step-by-step process that you have to go through to get the final product,” said Hagan who has an MFA from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill.