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Starkville Orthopedic Center

Artists have always depended on patrons to support their creative efforts.  Columbus Orthopedic is a perfect combination of patron and artisans. The new facility in Starkville incorporates three significant glass artworks in a medical architectural setting.  The medical art therapy discipline recognizes the value of art in the treatment environment.  Both the Starkville and Columbus physical rehabilitation facilities treat the soul as well as the body with the exquisite beauty of art glass.

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When glass-selecting for Starkville Orthopedic, I focused on combining subtle variations of color and texture in an interesting, dynamic way while keeping the overall design in mind. Cutting the art glass so that the ovals were directionally consistent with the swirling lead work was crucial to the design. Balancing the use of opal glass with transparent and textured glass gave a harmonious appearance to the four separate panels.

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Creating the kiln formed glass for the hydrotherapy treatment facility was such an honor. At the earliest stages of design we consider the architecture and style of the installation site, the meaning and purpose of the space, and then we design a concept that enhances the original vision of the space. At the Starkville Orthopedic Clinic the glass was meant to sooth and calm, while being beautiful and interesting enough to engage patients who would welcome something to focus on. The designs Andrew Young created involved the colors of water and earth, gold for transcendence, with a dynamic movement and overlapping patterns to indicate progress and forward motion. I was able to translate these ideas into the architectural art glass by shaping many colored sheets of glass into fluid curves and overlapping them- having them weave across each other coming and going and in the process creating new colors. Throughout the panels I also used crushed glass fragments and glass powder to create splashes and splatters of color and to add more variety. For the gold aspects I used a metallic mica powder, this is not glass and it does not actually fuse to glass, so it takes care to encapsulate the material in the glass, but the effect is very beautiful and interesting. The mica powder can be painted on with water, or sprinkled and shaped as reflective dry powder. You can see it as the sun in the wall mounted piece, and the gold “tiles” in the polyptych window installation. In the polyptych the squares add a controlled order to contrast the otherwise organic and random pattern. Each panel was fired in a state of the art kiln, laminated to safety glass, and trimmed to exact size before installation. The Lamination process has a beautiful effect of its own, it makes the handmade glass under-surface become much more transparent, and so the interaction of the hanging panels and their background becomes much more like looking through still clear water; a perfect effect for the viewers who are already contemplating water and movement as they seek treatment in the facility.

 

The Chapel

The Town of Livingston has a long and storied history. Madison County courthouse was the last building standing on the old town square before relocating to Canton. The town is making a comeback thanks to developers, lead by David Landrum and Mike Bollenbacher. The group began rebuilding the town shortly after the land was purchased in 2006.READ MORE

Lucky Charms

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, PRGS Design Arts Market presents the limited edition of Lucky Charms ($20).
This perfect keepsake or necklace is available in our Design Arts Market. Stop by before the parade. Store hours are MondayFriday 10am-2pm.

Innovate Mississippi

Innovate Mississippi recently relocated their offices from Ridgeland to downtown Jackson, a few blocks from the State Capitol. In celebration, Andrew Cary Young donated these two wall sconces to decorate their new space.

Innovate Mississippi is at the forefront of promoting and encouraging entrepreneurs in Mississippi.  Young has had a lifelong affinity for innovation and inspiring the creative economy. Pearl River Glass Studio’s 2012 Business Plan won first place in the New Venture Challenge sponsored by Innovate Mississippi.

Details + Light

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“On a recent evening I stopped by the Holocaust Memorial at Beth Israel Congregation. I was taken back by the detail of the lighting at night against the dark sky.  The Memorial is open free to the public 24/7/365.  Plans are underway to include the Memorial on tours of sites in Jackson as well as religious services by the Synagogue.”READ MORE

Happy Birthday Mississippi

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1817-2017 Commemorative Mississippi Glass Art by the Artisans of Pearl River Glass Studio

This year the state of Mississippi is two hundred years old. Pearl River Glass Studio is celebrating by creating, in glass art, a commemorative Mississippi. The art pieces are available for you in the Design Arts Market, our in-house store of our glass creations and other Made in Midtown products.

Each Mississippi is as unique as the people of our home state. Our glass artists design a pattern of color and transparency that reflect our creative spirit. These memorable keepsakes are great gifts that will impress your family and friends with your thoughtfulness and generosity.READ MORE