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AACG Auction @ SOFA

As the honored artists at the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass’s annual awards ceremony held at SOFA each year, we are pleased to have raised $12,000 to support the organization through our donation of a triple set of carved spears. These spears are for us symbols of liberation and freedom from oppression, and are our response to personal experiences during our travels in Zimbabwe, 1997.

The Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to further the development and appreciation of art made from glass.  Learn more about the organization here.


Thank you Olivia, Larry and Amy for this fantastic presentation!
Photo credit: Ellie Pohlman – Thank you!


Carving detail.  Materials:  sculpted, carved glass, forged steel, copper, beads.


Pohlman Knowles @ SOFA Chicago, Nov. 7 – 9

Celadon Himba
Original photography; screen-printed, kiln-fired, blown, sand-carved glass; steel
18 x 13 x 3.5

Cottonwood with Corvid
Original photography; screen-printed, kiln-fired, blown, sculpted glass; steel
24 x 14 x 3.5

Memory’s Ghost
Original photography; screen-printed, kiln-fired, blown, glass;  steel
16 x 16 x 4

If you are heading to SOFA Chicago as we are, we invite you to visit The Duane Reed Gallery and view the work manifested from our Museum of Glass residency in August, 2014.  Hope to see you there!


Pohlman Knowles at the Museum of Glass – Results!

Great work by the hot shop team and hearty preparation by us resulted in an exciting and successful residency earlier in August at Museum of Glass.  Big thanks to the team led by Niko Dimitrijevic and to our residency sponsor Becky Moores.

Also a shout out to filmmaker Derek Klein:   “A common misconception – when talking about the works of Jenny Pohlman & Sabrina Knowles – is that the work focuses solely on Africa.  Working closely with the the artists over a full week, I was able to hear directly from the source.  I see these two as journalists, with a writing style of ‘choose your own adventure.’  Truly inspiring people.”  Back at you, Derek, and big thanks.

Check out his documentary short assembled during our residency & look for our finished new works during SOFA Chicago at Duane Reed Gallery.

Happy September & hope to see you in Chicago!




“Ethnobotany” at Wright Conservatory -Tonight thru Oct. 12

September 4, 2014
by Rosemary Ponnekanti

Until now, art exhibits in the Wright Park Seymour Conservatory have mostly consisted of colorful glass art placed somewhat arbitrarily amid the tropical plants, one aesthetic step higher than garden decoration. Not so “Ethnobotany.”

Opening Friday, Sept. 5, with an artist reception, the 12-artist show is curated by the one person who could pull off something quite unique: Lisa Kinoshita. Her provocative mixed media installations have lately been matched by her funky terraria and plants at Moss+Mineral gallery.


“Ethnobotany” begins strikingly: glass duo Sabrina Knowles and Jenny Pohlman garland a palm with an enormous, golden glass fruit.

Click here to read the rest of The News Tribute article about the Exhibit

Exhibit opening 6-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, with music by Alex Tapia and Nate Dybevik
Then open 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday through Oct. 12.
Admission $3, and free for 11 and younger and third Thursdays.

Wright Park Seymour Conservatory
316 S. G St., Tacoma


Museum of Glass Residency, 8/13 -17

Orb Totem 2014
Blown, sculpted, mirrored & sand-carved glass with screen print image, metals.
48″H x 9″W x 7″D

Orb Totem 2014
Blown & sand-carved glass, screen print image, metals.
50″H x 9″W x 6″D

What an opportunity we have during the week of August 13, to work with the exceptional gaffers at Museum of Glass, Tacoma!

Join us as we explore and discover forms and formats incorporating screen printed images selected from our personal photo library.  We’d love to see you and don’t be shy, make sure we know when you’re in the stands!

If you’re curious but cannot get to the museum you can watch us live!

Our residency is supported by Fuel Their Fire, so special thanks to Museum of Glass and our sponsor, Becky Moores, for this dynamic residency!

Sabrina screen printing


Jenny Joins Pratt Fine Arts Center Board

Pratt Fine Arts Center Announces New Trustees to Board of Trustees
Seattle, WA – On August 31, 2013 Pratt Fine Arts Center welcomed four new trustees to its board: Piper O’Neill, Jenny Pohlman, Sarah Traver, and Katherine Wax.

“The Pratt Board of Trustees continues to enjoy amazing talent. Pratt has a steady tradition of engaged and qualified individuals on its board and this new group continues and benefits from that pattern. We are excited to welcome four extraordinary and unique individuals: two renowned artists, Piper O’Neill, an NEA recipient in printmaking and Jenny Pohlman, a nationally exhibited artist in glass/mixed media and recipient of the Pratt Fine Arts Service Award. Sarah Traver, of the Traver Gallery, brings her knowledge of community building and curatorial expertise and Katherine Wax a land use attorney with Perkins Coie, who’s legal experience is a perfect fit for our upcoming Pratt Place Project. We cannot be more fortunate to have such art-focused leadership to keep Pratt focused on its mission and the exceptional council to keep us on track in this stage of growth here at Pratt.” 
–Bob Swain, Board President

“I walked through Pratt’s doors in Autumn 1989 and have been a student, renter and advocate ever since.  I am honored to accept a position on the board and ready to engage in this era of Pratt’s new growth.  Sabrina and I have always said that every city needs a Pratt Fine Arts Center; it’s a true Seattle treasure.”
–Jenny Pohlman, New Board Member 


“Thank You, Al Gore!”

“Thank you, Mr. Vice President!”

We have to start off by hailing Vice President Al Gore for the riveting, passionate and eye-opening two-hour lecture he delivered at First Baptist Church mid-month, as a part of Seattle Arts and Lectures series, to introduce his new book, “The Future:  Six Drivers of Global Change.”  Gore stated that never before in human history has humanity faced the degree of change that we are facing, that we are becoming the architects of our own demise and that our democracy has been hacked, among two hours of other things.

Change has reached critical mass and we are in an Age of Emergence, he said, and defined the fraternal twins, Peril and Opportunity, in the context of optimism:  “Optimism without engagement is passive agression toward the future.”  He called on us as a culture to restore our integrity, our ethics and our democracy and to wake up and get to work!  In his book he outlines how each driver of global change can be steered for a positive outcome.

It’s a big book, but but we need to read it for its daunting insights (goats that secrete spider silk with their milk?), wisdoms and to do lists.  If anyone out there wants to do a book club with us, write us and we’ll figure out the details. Whew, have we got work to do!


 Take a ferry and come join us!


Century Ballroom Needs Our Help!

We were at the Century Ballroom on Sunday attending an unbelievably orchestrated Celebration of Life for colleague Susan Balshor and learned some disturbing news from a Century Ballroom flyer: they need to raise $92,000 in the next couple of months.  See details below ….

If you have never been to the ballroom you will not believe the architecture, the magnificent dance floor and the overall feeling you get when standing in the ballroom.  It is a true Seattle treasure that we would like experience for a long, long time.  Spread the word; send a donation if you can ….


Pohlman Knowles Studio New Website!

Hello!  We are so happy to share with you our new website!  For those of you familiar with our old site you can access it in ARCHIVES.

We’re working very hard on our solo show with Duane Reed Gallery opening May 18th.  This is a BIG YEAR for the American Glass movement:  it is celebrating 50 years!  And we are happy to say that we have been active in the movement for half of its life, designing, creating and innovating.  There are shows of glasswork all over the country so check out the opportunities to enjoy the work in your town.  We’ve very proud of our pioneers and colleagues and especially pleased to see so many young women active in the hotshop today.

And speaking of shows, there are a couple local shows we’d like to mention:

“Hide and Seek” at Tacoma Art Museum is a definite must see.  TAM is the only place in the Northwest showing this traveling exhibit and it is showing it in it’s entirety –  uncensored.  For those of you unaware, this show opened in 2010 at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery in 2010, where controversy erupted over David Wojnarowicz’s video, “A Fire in My Belly.”  The Smithsonian withdrew the piece after protesters deemed it “anti-Christian.”

 “Making Mends” at the Bellevue Arts Museum, curated by Nora Atkinson, is another definite must!  Focusing not on brokenness, but on the sense of hope and perseverance, the exhibiting artists come to terms with traumatic experiences through the act of creation. What is produced in response is honest, compelling, sometimes humorous, and a departure point to investigate what it is that drives the human spirit and our own path to healing.

OK then!  We’re signing off to get back to work.  Hope you enjoy this new site!

We welcome all feedback!

Jenny & Sabrina

Women on Top, March 31 – May 1, Ken Saunders Gallery

For 50 years, women have been critical to the development of the Studio Glass movement. The women in this exhibition have made aesthetic, technical and critical contributions that have been essential to the expanded role that glass plays in contemporary art. This survey contains a mixture of new and old work and is intended to give the viewer an overview of the unique voice women bring to their creative endeavors.

Ken and the staff of Ken Saunders Gallery invite you to the opening of  Women on Top, to be held at the gallery on Saturday, March 31, at 10:00am

Click here for the gallery web site

Women on Top - Ken Saunders Gallery