BGSU fires up for Glass Olympics

BOWLING GREEN, O.—Glass curling, longest cane pull, make a cup in 10 minutes using only one tool —those are just some of the fiery competitive events that have made up past Glass Olympics.

This year, the 3rd annual National Student Glass Olympics is coming to Bowling Green State University on April 3. Dozens of students and faculty from the Cleveland Institute of Art, Alfred University, Kent State University, Ohio State University, the Center for Creative Studies and the Rochester Institute of Technology will put their glass skills to the test.

“The events are always decided upon by faculty on the day of, so no one can have the upper hand,” said event coordinator Nadine Saylor, an instructor in the School of Art. “Students always want to know what we’re doing ahead of time.”

The goal of the one-day event is to develop a creative exchange between students and glass programs across the country.

Saylor explained one of the best parts is seeing slides of the work done at other schools, and getting the chance to show-off your own work. She called it a great networking event within the glass community.

Slide shows start at 10 a.m., followed by trophy making at noon.  At 3 p.m. the competitive juices start flowing for the actual “Olympic” events. All activities take place in the BGSU glass studio inside the Fine Arts Center

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(Posted March 29, 2010 )