Sharif Bey: Dialogues in Glass and Clay

Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

March 2 - May 6, 2018


Clay and glass have different rhythms. Sharif Bey learned to move to the beat of both. His solo exhibition of ceramic sculptures for the first time included glass. Bey’s work explored alternative ways of paying respect to tradition, function, adornment, and ceremony. His work cross-referenced notions of power, ornamentation, and natural history with objects and images associated with traditional African jewelry. Even though Bey had no glass experience, he was invited to participate in the Idea Furnace residency program at PGC. The Idea Furnace program provides support to artists working outside the medium of glass, gives them an opportunity to explore a new material and create a body of work with the help of a glass artist. 

March 2, 2018