Steven Weinberg’s Boat series began 5 years after he stopped working on the series “Cubes.” Although he is still working within the parameters of a simple geometry, here the artist uses a form that is less rigid than the cube, and introduces the curve for the first time in his castings. More significantly the form reflects the exterior shape of a boat’s hull and references Weinberg’s love of the water and living by the sea.
In the boat series, the artist steps away from the use of inner architectural elements and uses carefully placed air bubbles to enhance the curved form of the vessel and play with light. For the first time as well, Weinberg introduces the pure metals: gold and silver, and marries them to the glass by casting them as one integrated and unified material. In this way, he uses the age-old technique of creating colored glass in a completely innovative and technologically advanced approach to glassmaking and casting crystal.
Born in 1954, Weinberg represents the next generation of studio glass artists. In the early 1970s, Weinberg also studied ceramics at Alfred, but he soon switched over to glass, working with studio glass pioneer Andre Billeci, and the Scottish artist Eric Hilton, who had come to Alfred from London’s Royal College of Art.
Upon his graduation in 1979, Weinberg began to build his studio practice, and in his case, he literally built it, starting with the development and construction of his studio equipment. Although popular now, Weinberg’s interest in kiln-casting and in cutting and polishing glass was quite uncommon in American studio glass of the late 1970s.
Over the 30 years that Weinberg has been working with glass, he has made a living as an independent artist and he has worked as a designer for various companies.